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Hunting in Illinois: 3 Animals Designated Nongame, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

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Not all animals can be hunted in Illinois, as some are designated nongame, endangered, threatened or protected species, and these are protected under both Illinois state mandated "wildlife code" as well as federal laws. "Basically, if there's no hunting or trapping season for a species it can't legally be possessed," Sgt. Ken Swiderski of the Illinois Conservation Police told Outdoor Illinois. Here are three animals that are designated nongame, endangered, threatened, and protected species.
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  1. Bobcats - There is no hunting season for bobcat in Illinois; although, you can hunt bobcat legally in neighboring states. If you are caught with a bobcat in Illinois, you must have a permit or tag from another state to prove it was taken legally, according to the Illinois Wildlife Code. "In numerous places, the Wildlife Code puts the burden of proof on the person," Swiderski told Outdoor Illinois. "If they can't prove it was legally taken in another state, it is assumed it was taken out of the wild in Illinois."
  2. Eagles - Eagles are federally protected and if you are caught killing or even injuring one in Illinois you face the stiffest fines in the state, according to the Animal Legal and Historical Center.  Anyone convicted of hunting an eagle is fined $500 in addition to other penalties, which can be as severe as a Class II felony, which carries with it a fine up to $25,000 and up to seven years in state prison.
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  4. Albino White-tailed Deer - White-tailed deer are the state animal in Illinois and it is perfectly legal to hunt most of this species during the set seasons. However, it is always illegal to hunt an all-white whitetail deer, which is a protected species in the state. Like the eagle, poaching an albino white-tailed deer can lead to some major fines and even jail time, if convicted. According to Laws.com, In addition to other penalties, the state imposes a mandatory $250 fine on illegal white-tailed deer hunting (both out of season or the albino deer at any time), which is the second most expensive fine after the eagle.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Not all animals can be hunted in Illinois, as some are designated nongame, endangered, threatened or protected species, and these are protected under both Illinois state mandated wildlife code as well as federal laws.
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