021622CM0029SPRINGFIELD – With strong support from State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), the Illinois Senate advanced legislation Wednesday to allow centerfire, single-shot rifles to be used during deer season.

“Deer hunting is a vital wildlife management tool and a popular recreational activity throughout the state,” Crowe said. “By expanding the legal firearms used during deer season to include single-shot rifles, Illinois is joining other Midwest states and giving more options to hunters.”

Under current law, the only approved ways to take a deer during firearm season are with a shotgun, a handgun or muzzleloader.

House Bill 4386 will provide deer hunters with more options during deer hunting season in Illinois. The change also removes a barrier that oftentimes prevents younger sportsmen from participating and properly learning how to deer hunt: recoil. Centerfire rifles have substantially less recoil than traditional shotguns and muzzleloaders.

“This initiative will help ensure the next generation of sportsmen can safely participate in deer hunting,” Crowe said. “By expanding accessibility for young hunters, we can help grow the sport’s popularity and prevalence to residents of all ages.”

House Bill 4386 now moves to the governor for further consideration.

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