Originally Posted by krisko09
Unless you are disabled and have special permission by the DNR it is illegal to hunt with a crossbow in IL.
You should really go the the illinois DNR website and download the pdf of the hunting regs and just read up. IL has a LOT of technicalities that you will want/need to know. (Like the shotgun 3 shell limit :rollseyes: )
Or just PM me or another fellow Illinoisan with whatever question u may have.
You better check this out because its going to happen and crossbow will be open to all not just disabled or elderly when it passes. I dont like it and I will continue to use my compound bow but the state is looking for some $$$$ and this will help fuel the fire for them .
Illinois HB 4819 is a bill that unanimously passed the house on 3/29/12 and has moved to Senate. This bill removes the crossbow limiting language which currently exists in the Illinois Wildlife Code (the current language limits the use of a crossbow to those over 62 and those that are handicapped), and thus the passing of this bill will allow crossbows in the IL open archery season.
The bill was scheduled for a first reading at the Senate today and picked up a Senate Sponsor.
Please contact your IL senator or the Senate sponsor and express your point of view. A link to the bill is below - Thanks for your help.
After a month of debate, HB 4819 was assigned to the Agriculture and Conservation Committee, where it was passed on May 8.
As this issue of Illinois Outdoor News went to press, the bill’s fate was still uncertain. Those opposing the changes said a compromise was likely.
“We were instructed to reach a compromise with the bowhunters, DNR, and Sen Forby,” Chapman said. “Crossbows wouldn’t get the full archery season, but they would get something
…. each side gives a little. It is our understanding that the DNR will unfortunately support this bill.”