Aspiring young hunters could soon have more opportunities to harvest deer, due to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) and passed by the Illinois Senate.
“Youth and apprentice hunting programs have proven to increase participation and help grow the next generation of hunters,” said Schimpf. “A strong field of hunters is essential for maintaining the state deer herd at appropriate levels and is a major economic engine for Illinois.”
House Bill 3623 would create a pilot program that expands the existing 3-day, youth-only hunting season statewide. The bill also would allow youth to be able to obtain the existing, non-renewable, apprentice hunting permits in multiple years. Apprentice licenses expire after one season, and current law did not allow for youth hunters to obtain them multiple times.
House Bill 3623 passed the Illinois Senate unanimously and is now in the House for a concurrence vote.