How much do you know about fur hunting and trapping in Illinois?
1. True or False? It is legal to hunt and trap some kinds of wildlife in Illinois.
True.There are 12 kinds of wildlife that may be hunted or trapped for fur by properly licensed individuals.
2. True or False? Hunting and trapping in Illinois may lead wildlife populations to become endangered or extinct.
False. Since the introduction of modern wildlife management, none of the wildlife populations that are hunted or trapped has become endangered. In fact, some of these kinds of wildlife are more numerous now than ever before.
3. True or False? Hunters and trappers must obtain licenses before they can pursue these activities.
True. Trapping without a license is a Class B misdemeanor. The courts assign fines and jail terms.
4. True or False? Citizens can obtain professional training in safe, responsible, and humane hunting and trapping techniques.
True. Illinois Department of Natural Resources requires courses for young people and provides hunting and trapping education courses to anyone who has an interest. In order to hunt in the state anyone born after January 1, 1980, must pass a hunter education course and to trap anyone under the age of 18 must take a trapper education course.
5. True or False? There are numerous laws and regulations that identify the methods and equipment that can be used for hunting and trapping in Illinois.
True. Illinois conservation police officers enforce these regulations throughout the state.
6. True or False? Hunters and trappers help pay for the conservation of wildlife in Illinois.
True. License fees and taxes on certain kinds of sporting equipment are used to manage all of Illinois’ wildlife populations—not just the ones that are hunted or trapped.
7. True or False? Regulated hunting and trapping can be effective tools in the proper management of wildlife populations.
True. Hunting and trapping can help maintain a balance between wildlife and people. In some situations, they can help keep wildlife from becoming overpopulated.
8. True or False? Hunters and trappers are the only ones who benefit from their activities.
False. Most of society benefits—directly or indirectly—from hunting and trapping. These activities help keep wildlife populations at acceptable levels, reduce wildlife damage to human property, provide funds for all wildlife conservation, and provide numerous materials and products for human use.