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Monday, July 22nd, 2024

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Illinois turkey hunts can now feature .410 shotguns

The minimum shotgun allowed for hunting turkeys in Illinois had been 20 gauge. (Stock photo)

Illinois turkey hunters will be able to use .410 shotguns next year, the result of an ongoing effort by lawmakers to help DNR attract new participants to the sport.
Senate Bill 2767, which wound its way through the Senate and House during the spring session before being signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker on July 1, takes effect Jan. 1. Specifically, the law “Provides that it is unlawful to take wild turkey except by use of a bow and arrow or a shotgun of not larger than 10 gauge nor smaller than .410 bore.” As defined, the new law also allows 28 gauge shotguns during the turkey season.

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