hunting

Gov. Rauner Signs Youth Hunting Bills

Aug 22, 2016
Carl Nelson/WNIJ

  Illinois has new rules on youth hunting.   Governor Bruce Rauner signed several bills into law, one of which expanded state programs to include trapping.  Another adds a weekend to the youth turkey hunting season.  When signing the bills, Rauner reflected on how he started hunting.  

Not so long ago, prior to 1999, Illinois considered bobcats a threatened species. Come winter, hunters will be able to harvest the cats.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is an avid hunter -- of birds. No word on if that hobby contributed to his decision to sign a new law, authorizing bobcat hunting.

His office sent word of his signature without comment.

Flickr user / docentjoyce "Bobcat - Lynx rufus" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois hunters may soon be able to kill bobcats.

The legislature barely passed the proposal Sunday.

Bill sponsor Rep. Patrick Verschoore, D-Rock Island, had to postpone the vote because it didn't have enough support. But it passed the second time around with the minimum number of required votes.

Verschoore says it's an important bill to manage the bobcat population.

"They're becoming a nuisance in the southern part of the state,” Verschoore said. “They're killing. There was an instance where here just recently they killed several kid goats at a farm."

WUIS / http://www.infouas.com/la-policia-de-california-dispuesta-a-emplear-drones/

A handful of states have already passed measures that would ban the use of drones to hunt or fish, and Illinois could be next.

Senator Julie Morrison sees her bill as a precautionary measure. She says hunting and fishing with drones hasn't yet become a problem in Illinois, but the Democrat from Deerfield wants to make sure it never is.

"Drones are a piece of technology that we are not completely prepared to deal with yet, but this will be one step forward," she said.

Wisconsin DNR

For the third year in a row, Wisconsin hunters killed more wolves than allowed by law.

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