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Full Text of SB0853  98th General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning safety.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by adding Section
53.1-9 as follows:
6    (520 ILCS 5/3.1-9 new)
7    Sec. 3.1-9. Youth Hunting License.
8    Any resident youth age 16 and under may apply to the
9Department for a Youth Hunting License, which extends limited
10hunting privileges. The Youth Hunting License shall be a
11renewable license that shall expire on the March 31 following
12the date of issuance.
13    For youth age 16 and under, the Youth Hunting License shall
14entitle the licensee to hunt while supervised by a parent,
15grandparent, or guardian who is 21 years of age or older and
16has a valid Illinois hunting license. Possession of a Youth
17Hunting License shall serve in lieu of a valid hunting license,
18but does not exempt the licensee from compliance with the
19requirements of this Code and any rules adopted under this
21    A youth licensed under this Section shall not hunt or carry
22a hunting device, including, but not limited to, a firearm, bow
23and arrow, or crossbow unless the youth is accompanied by and



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1under the close personal supervision of a parent, grandparent,
2or guardian who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid
3Illinois hunting license.
4    At age 17 years or when the youth chooses to hunt by
5themselves, they are required to successfully complete a hunter
6safety course approved by the Department prior to being able to
7obtain a full hunting license and subsequently hunt by
9    In order to be approved for the Youth Hunting License, the
10applicant must request a Youth Hunting License from the
11Department and submit a $7 fee, which shall be separate from
12and additional to any other stamp, permit, tag, or license fee
13that may be required for hunting under this Code. The
14Department shall adopt rules for the administration of the
15program, but shall not require any certificate of competency or
16other hunting education as a condition of the Youth Hunting
18    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
19becoming law.