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IDNR Announces Changes to Regulations Regarding Outfitting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Chris Young
217-557-1240
IDNR Announces Changes to Regulations Regarding Outfitting
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding individuals and organizations which in the past have held commercial waterfowl permits in Illinois of new regulations regarding waterfowl hunting. 

A new Illinois law requires waterfowl hunting outfitters to apply for a permit from the IDNR, and no longer requires waterfowl clubs or organizations to purchase a permit from the IDNR if they do not provide outfitting services, accept paying hunters, or are otherwise closed to the public, or provide only waterfowl blinds or pits.

The new statute and new IDNR regulations incorporate changes to the definitions that affect waterfowl, deer and turkey outfitters.  The most significant change in the definition of outfitting services is:  “an individual or business that solicits or secures waterfowl, deer and/or turkey hunting clients for a landowner or tenant or another outfitter.” These individuals or businesses are now required to obtain a permit from the IDNR.

The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement manages the outfitter permit program, and information on the new law and regulations regarding waterfowl hunting outfitting services, as well as a copy of the new Outfitter Permit Application, are available on the IDNR website at this link:
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LawEnforcement/Pages/OutfitterRegulationInformation.aspx
 
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