SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) earned the support of the Illinois House of Representatives on HB 5042, legislation cutting regulations impacting owners of hunting land in the State of Illinois. Severin’s bill changes the Illinois Wildlife Code to change requirements for resident and nonresident landowners. Currently, landowners must submit a permit application and proof of eligible land ownership to the Department of Natural Resources every year. Severin’s bill changes the requirements to once every 5 years.
“Hunting is a way of life for many people that own land in Southern Illinois,” Severin said. “The fact is, there are people that do not live in Illinois that still own hunting ground here for their use, for their friends and family, and for the purposes of renting the land to in-state hunters. Currently these folks are required to submit to yearly reporting requirements and a mountain of paperwork that my bill changes to just once every five years.”
“I am proud to have earned the support of the Illinois House for this important measure. Any time we can cut red tape and burdensome regulations in support of our sportsmen in Illinois we are doing vital work.”
HB 5042 now moves to the Illinois Senate for consideration.