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.
Click here for summary
“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.