New Law Means More Access for Illinois' Youth Hunters

Aug 23, 2019

A new law will expand youth hunting opportunities in Illinois.

Governor J-B Pritzker says the law lifts the one-year cap on the state's apprentice hunter license.

"Many young people, young hunters, learn better when they spend more than one season under a mentor's guidance. So, starting January 1, novice hunters will have the chance to spend more time honing their skills as we lift that cap."

The law also creates a three-year pilot program that allows young hunters statewide access during the three-day youth-only deer hunting season.

"The Illinois hunting community asked for these changes and we listened, because I believe that expanding hunting opportunities will have a positive, ripple effect on places like Sparta, where people come to hone their skills."

Democratic State Representative Nathan Reitz sponsored the bill in the House. He says this law shows the state's commitment to youth hunters.
"To allow them the chance to expand, learn hunter safety, to learn how to do it safe and legal and preserve wildlife conservation."

Republican State Senator Paul Schimpf sponsored the bill in his chamber. He says this was a bi-partisan effort.
"This is an example of how we can work together to make tangible improvements that are going to help, not only our region, but also all of Illinois."

Governor Pritzker signed the bill into law Friday at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta.