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Your Help is Needed to Expand Hunting Opportunities in Illinois

Friday, May 4, 2012

House Bill 4819 stalled in the state Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee this week and needs your support.  This legislation, if enacted, would expand the use of crossbows for hunting to provide increased opportunities for new and experienced hunters alike.  Please contact members of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee today and respectfully urge them to support House Bill 4819 and the full inclusion of crossbows for hunting!

Similar policy changes in other states have produced evidence to establish that allowing the unqualified use of crossbows facilitates retention and recruitment of hunters.   At a time when hunter numbers are rapidly declining across the country, encouraging more choices in means and opportunity to hunt can only help increase participation and preserve our rich hunting heritage. 

Additionally, hunters are more likely to remain in the hunting ranks decades longer if allowed to use a crossbow.  This provides the benefit of more time in which they might recruit and train the next generation of hunters.  Further, younger hunters who do not have the physical strength to adequately draw and shoot vertical archery equipment are able to participate in the archery season pursuant to a full-inclusion crossbow provision.  Removing this physical barrier will encourage more interest and respect for hunting at an earlier age, long before other activities compete for their attention.

HB 4819 is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday, May 8.  Please contact members of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support the expansion of hunting rights by voting in favor of HB 4819.

Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee

Senator Michael W. Frerichs (D-52), Chairman
(217) 782-2507

Senator John M. Sullivan (D-47), Vice-Chairman
(217) 782-2479 

Senator Linda Holmes (D-42)
(217) 782-0422 

Senator Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40)
(217) 782-7419

Senator David Koehler (D-46)
(217) 782-8250

Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-12)
(217) 782-5304 

Senator Wm. Sam McCann (R-49)
(217) 782-8206

Senator John O. Jones (R-54)
(217) 782-0471

Senator Kyle McCarter (R-51)
(217) 782-5755

Senator Sue Rezin (R-38)
(217) 782-3840



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