SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) is co-sponsoring a plan that allows youths, ages 16 or younger, to hunt when they are supervised by a parent, grandparent or guardian who is 21 or older and holds a valid state hunting license. This legislation, Illinois Youth Hunting License program, recently passed the Illinois Senate with a 57-0 vote.
"The more hunting opportunities we provide to the youth of this state the sooner they will experience the great outdoors, appreciate conservation and become better sportsmen," Sullivan said. "There is a proud tradition of hunting in Illinois and this plan gives families more chances to pass that tradition on to the next generation."
The new license will cost $7 and allows youth hunting throughout the appropriate seasons with a bow, crossbow or firearm. The license can be renewed every year until the minor turns 17. Upon turning 17, they will need to take the hunter safety course and obtain a regular Illinois Hunting License.
This program is based on the success of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' apprentice hunting license program, but it only allowed for a one-time license.
The proposal, Senate Bill 853, passed the Senate without opposition and now moves to the House for consideration.