If you hunt in Illinois you know there are many seasons and application deadlines to keep track of. Soon, in addition to turkey and deer permits, hunters may be able to apply for a crossbow permit. Michael Stevens, with the Department of Natural Resources, says there has been increasing interest in crossbow hunting over the past few years. Under current law, only people with disabilities or those over age 62 could get crossbow permits. Stevens says D-N-R is backing legislation that would allow anyone to apply for a crossbow permit:
"We're not looking at this as a revenue generator, we're trying to get more people involved in hunting and open it up to the novice hunters and people who previously were unable to get a permanent disability license, so this will open it up to more people."
The proposal flew through the Illinois House and awaits consideration by the Senate.
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