Illinois: Bill to Allow More Apprentice Hunting Heads to Governor

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 Jun 11th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  331

Modified Jun 11th, 2019 at 10:17 AM

A bill headed to Gov. Pritzker could up the numbers of youth and apprentice sportsmen in the state. Of the more than 500,000 deer licenses sold in Illinois in the last season, only 11,000 were to youth. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure to make it easier for aspiring hunters to learn the ropes of the sport while offering more opportunities to harvest deer.

The bill, HB 3623, passed the legislature unanimously last week and now heads to Gov. J.B Pritzker for consideration. The move makes it easier for those interested in hunting to try the sport on lower-cost apprentice licenses and expands the current 3-day, youth-only hunting season statewide

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