Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Put Deer Herd Under Local Control
From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
-- Local control gives anti's the edge.
September 14, 2007 (Illinois) -- A new Illinois law will endanger hunting by
stripping the Department of Natural Resources of its authority to regulate
On Aug 28, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed HB 3425. The provision will allow
local governments to manage deer herds using methods other than hunting. A
local government that conducts a DNR-approved study of alternative deer
population controls in addition to hunting may now unilaterally implement
the alternative methods deemed useful.
"There is great danger in a law that diverts wildlife management
decision-making away from the state, which has the resources and expertise
to make such decisions," said U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance President Bud
"Putting wildlife in the hands of local governments makes it easier for
anti-hunters to strike against hunting, not to mention the fact that it
creates a patchwork approach that will cripple successful wildlife
House Bill 3425 creates a slippery slope. Today, the call is for local
control of deer herds, but anti-hunters will run with the concept and
advocate local management of all hunting and trapping.
House Bill 3425 passed the House of Representatives on April 17, by a vote
of 70 to 40. It passed the Senate on May 31, by a vote of 33 to 23.
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