Illinois hunters will now be able to use shotgun slugs beyond the traditional whitetail deer seasons, under a bill sponsored by State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap).
“Illinois was behind the times regarding our wildlife codes and as a result the Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Rifle Association and Trappers’ Association are all in agreement that for in-season periods, sportsmen should be able to use slugs,” LaHood said.
House Bill 1651 will enable hunters to take various species with a rifle, muzzleloader and shotgun slugs. Currently, Illinois only allows the use of rifled slugs during the whitetail deer season. Varmint species or coyotes, as examples, can be taken with differing calibers of rifles and handguns.
“If a coyote hunter can use a Ruger 10/22 or something as big as a 300 ‘Win-Mag,’ it only makes sense that you could use a single action 12 gauge during that same season,” LaHood said.
HB 1651 now moves on to the Governor for final approval.