Illinois natural resources agency proposes bobcat hunting rules

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is proposing rules to regulate bobcat hunting and trapping throughout the state.
The agency released its proposals Monday to amend a wildlife hunting law that took effect Jan. 1.
Proposed rules include prohibiting bobcat harvesting in the northeastern and east-central regions of Illinois and requiring hunters to purchase a $5 Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permit. The department also proposes bobcat hunting season run from Nov. 10 through Jan. 31 and close during firearm deer hunting season.
The General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will review the agency’s proposals. The department is accepting public comments via mail for the next 45 days.
Adopted rules will be reviewed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for compliance with federal regulations.

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