Regulations To Allow Handgun Use Planned

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will allow the use of handguns during the firearm deer hunting season in the state this fall, Director Joel Brunsvold said today.

“We’re excited about this expansion of outdoor recreation opportunity in Illinois,” Brunsvold said. “Regulations are being drafted allowing handgun use during the firearm season.”

A change in state law adds handguns to the already authorized use of shotguns and muzzleloading rifles as allowable firearms for hunters to use during the state’s firearm deer hunting season.

More details on the new regulations will be announced this fall. The 2003 firearm deer hunting season in Illinois is Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-7.

Illinois also continues to provide additional firearm deer hunting opportunities through a muzzleloader-only season scheduled for Dec. 12-14 and a handgun-only season in select counties scheduled for Jan. 16-18, 2004.