File Witness Slips Today Against HB1771

Your action is needed against HB1771


The crossbow bill (may be modified) will have a hearing again on March 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm. It was sent to a negotiation committee on 3-14-17.

If it extends crossbows throughout the bow season we should oppose it.



State of Illinois
2017 and 2018

Introduced , by Rep. Jerry Costello, II


520 ILCS 5/2.5
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during the appropriate archery season. Effective immediately.

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1 AN ACT concerning wildlife.

2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by changing Section
5 2.5 as follows:
6 (520 ILCS 5/2.5)
7 Sec. 2.5. Crossbow conditions.
8 (a) A person may use a crossbow if one or more of the
9 following conditions are met:
10 (1) the user is a person age 62 and older;
11 (2) the user is a person with a disability to whom the
12 Director has issued a permit to use a crossbow, as provided
13 by administrative rule; or
14 (3) the date of using the crossbow is during the period
15 of the second Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday
16 through the last day of the archery deer hunting season
17 (both inclusive) set annually by the Director.
18 (b) As used in this Section, "person with a disability"
19 means a person who has a physical impairment due to injury or
20 disease, congenital or acquired, which renders the person so
21 severely disabled as to be unable to use a longbow, recurve
22 bow, or compound bow. Permits must be issued only after the
23 receipt of a physician's statement confirming the applicant is

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1 a person with a disability as defined above.
2 (c) Any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during
3 the appropriate archery season.
4 (Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
5 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6 becoming law.


To generate a witness slip as a guest,

example: opposing the crossbow bill:


Go to: my.ilga.gov/Hearing/AllHearings?chamber=H (this is case sensitive)

Select: Committee Hearings

Select :week not today

Go to: House Agricultural and Conservation Committee

Select: View Hearing Details

Find: HG 1771 Crossbow Hunting or whatever bill you are interested in

Read bill to see what it says. Determine how you want to vote

Select button to: create witness slip

Fill out witness slip and select oppose if that is your choice and select record of appearance only unless you want to submit written testimony.





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