Taking your kids hunting is now easier in Illinois.  Thanks to a law just signed by the governor, anyone under the age of 17 can get a youth hunting license without taking a hunter education course. The only restriction is they have to be with a parent, grandparent, or guardian who has a valid hunting license.  Jeff Hopkins, safety education administrator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, believes demand will be high.

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“You look at the number of students that take hunter education, and I think there’s going to be a lot of them that if a parent can take you out, this is going to allow them the opportunity to do so,” Hopkins said.  Once kids turn 17, Hopkins says they’ll have to take a hunter education course to get a full license. He expects the new youth licenses, which will cost $7, to be available in March.


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