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Posted: 8/23/2003 4:35:10 AM EST

CHICAGO, Aug. 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following statement was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

On August 20, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed ISRA-supported House Bill 1096 into law. The new law allows the use of certain handguns to hunt deer during open season.

The ISRA welcomes the new law as it will greatly enhance the outdoor experience for thousands of Illinois citizens. Furthermore, the new law will act to dispel half-truths about handgun use and will work to legitimize handgun use for lawful purposes.


The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For over a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

Anybody know more about this?
I go hunting every November in IL.
We go up to Montgomery County, which up to now, never had a hundgun season.
We already have our tags, will we be able to use our shotgun tags to handgun hunt this season?

I'm really excited about using a .44 to hunt deer !
Link Posted: 8/24/2003 12:58:02 PM EST
Looks like you can use a handgun as well during shotgun season to me.
Link Posted: 8/25/2003 9:00:58 AM EST
Any links to the final version of the law?
Link Posted: 8/25/2003 9:05:10 AM EST
Congrats, Maybe soon, you'll beable to use rifles too.
Link Posted: 8/26/2003 8:53:32 AM EST
text of entry:

Public Act 93-0554

HB1096 Enrolled LRB093 03880 JAM 03915 b

AN ACT in relation to deer hunting.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by changing
Sections 2.25, 2.26, 3.2, 3.27, 3.29, and 3.30 as follows:

(520 ILCS 5/2.25) (from Ch. 61, par. 2.25)
Sec. 2.25. It shall be unlawful for any person to take
deer except (i) with a shotgun, handgun, or muzzleloading
rifle or (ii) as provided by administrative rule, with a bow
and arrow, or crossbow device for handicapped persons as
defined in Section 2.33, during the open season of not more
than 14 days which will be set annually by the Director
between the dates of November 1st and December 31st, both
inclusive. For the purposes of this Section, legal handguns
include any centerfire handguns of .30 caliber or larger with
a minimum barrel length of 4 inches. The only legal
ammunition for a centerfire handgun is a cartridge of .30
caliber or larger with a capability of at least 500 foot
pounds of energy at the muzzle. Full metal jacket bullets
may not be used to harvest deer.
The Department shall make administrative rules concerning
management restrictions applicable to the firearm and bow and
arrow season.

There is other unrelated stuff as well.
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