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Cloonen's expanded hunting licenses signed into law

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

KANKAKEE – Teenagers can now obtain a youth hunting license to hunt with the supervision of an adult.

The measure expanding hunting licenses was co-sponsored by 79th District state Rep. Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee, and was signed into law early last week, according to a news release from Cloonen’s office.

Senate Bill 853 allows teenagers to apply for a youth hunting license, permitting them to hunt under the direct supervision of a parent, grandparent or guardian who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid hunting license.

“The people of our district pride themselves in a long lineage of hunting – a way of enjoying family as well as our vast and beautiful outdoors,” Cloonen, said in a news release. “By loosening state burdens for families who wish to hunt together, we can help make sure they pass this proud tradition on to future generations.”

Senate Bill 853 passed both chambers with bipartisan support and created a youth hunting license through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The new license costs $7, and allows youth to hunt during the appropriate season with a firearm, crossbow or bow.

Renewal of the license is annual until the minor turns age 17. Once 17, they will need to obtain an Illinois Hunting License by completing the IDNR’s Hunters Safety Course, according to the release.

“This legislation passed with the full support from both sides of the aisle in both the Senate and House,” Cloonen said. “By working with both sides of the aisle on issues such as this, we can help to ensure our youth will learn proper firearm and hunter safety from their family members, while also learning to appreciate our natural resources from an early age.”

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