Illinois

The Prairie State is home to a vast array of experiences, from fishing on Lake Michigan in the shadow of Chicago’s skyscrapers to hunting deer, turkey, and even black bear in the southern part of the state. Iconic lands of Illinois include the Shawnee National Forest, which features rocky hills, tranquil streams, and even the “Little Grand Canyon.” For anglers, Illinois boasts plentiful smallmouth bass, catfish, and carp. Waterfowl hunting is excellent in the Illinois River Valley, and the state’s plentiful corn and soybean fields contribute to trophy whitetail deer populations.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in Illinois, please contact:


Illinois State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Representative Mike Bost
Representative Darin LaHood

Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Senator Neil Anderson
Representative Larry Walsh

News Alerts

Nov 06 2023 Does and Don’ts: Deer Season Updates in the Great Lakes States

Why it Matters: The 2023 legislative sessions have brought several key changes to deer...

Mar 20 2023 CSF Weighs in on Multiple Bills that Would Impact Conservation Funding in Illinois

Why It Matters: Throughout any given legislative session, bill proposals run the gamut of...

Feb 21 2023 CSF Opposes Illinois Bill That Would Prohibit the Transfer of Ammunition

Why It Matters: Legislation that restricts sportsmen and women from sharing in the enjoyment...

Jan 17 2023 Illinois Bans Semi-Automatic Firearms and Standard Capacity Magazines

Highlights: Following a dead-of-night House vote and a Sunday evening Senate session, the lame-duck...

Dec 12 2022 Key Takeaways from Hunting and Trapping Regulatory Clean-Up in Illinois

Why It Matters: When regulations are updated by a state’s fish and wildlife management...

Dec 12 2022 Key Takeaways from Hunting and Trapping Regulatory Clean-Up in Illinois

Why It Matters: When regulations are updated by a state’s fish and wildlife management...

Aug 02 2021 Illinois Department of Natural Resources to Review the Definition of Muzzleloading Rifles

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerHighlightsWhy it matters: While CSF maintains that state fish...

Jun 17 2019 Illinois: Legislation to Expand Apprentice & Youth Deer Hunting opportunities heads to Governor’s Desk

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerEarlier this month, Illinois HB 3623, which proposes...

May 13 2019 Illinois: CSF and Sportsmen’s Caucus Host Annual Reception

Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerOn May 8, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Apr 08 2019 Illinois: Legislation Could Expand Apprentice Hunting Opportunities

By Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States ManagerIllinois HB 3623, sponsored by Illinois Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Aug 24 2018 Illinois: Governor Signs Pro-Hunting Blaze Pink, Poaching Regulation Bills into Law

By Joel Hodgdon, Central Midwestern States CoordinatorOn August 18, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor...

Aug 10 2018 Great Lakes: CSF and Partners Support the Fight against Asian Carp

By Joel Hodgdon, Central Midwestern States CoordinatorOn August 2, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Jun 15 2018 Illinois: Spring Legislative Session Concludes, Pro-Hunting & Angling Bills Headed to Governor

By Joel Hodgdon, Central Midwestern States CoordinatorOn May 31, the Illinois General Assembly finished...

Apr 20 2018 Illinois: CSF and Sportsmen’s Caucus Host Annual Dinner

By Joel Hodgdon, Central Midwestern States CoordinatorOn April 17, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Sep 14 2017 Illinois: Crossbow Hunting during Archery Season Now Legal

On September 8, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus member Governor Bruce Rauner signed IL HB 2893...

Sep 07 2017 Illinois: NASC EC President Representative Phelps Steps Down, Leaves Lasting Legacy

On September 1, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council (EC) President Brandon...

Jun 29 2017 Illinois: Bill to Allow Crossbow Hunting During Archery Season Headed to Governor

On June 25, the Illinois House of Representatives concurred with the Senate’s amendments to...

Mar 30 2017 Illinois: Lead Ammunition Ban Threatens State’s Professional Wildlife Management

Passed by the Illinois Senate Committee on Environment and Conservation on March 16, IL...

Mar 16 2017 Illinois: CSF and Sportsmen’s Caucus Host Wild Game Dinner

On March 15, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) joined the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Feb 09 2017 Illinois: Bill to Expand Crossbow Hunting Opportunities Introduced

Introduced on February 1, Illinois House Bill 1771 (IL H 1771) would allow hunters...

Jan 19 2017 Illinois: Legislation Introduced to Legalize Suppressors

Sponsored by Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Senator Bill Haine, Illinois Senate Bill 50...

Aug 11 2016 CSF Staff Attends NCSL Annual Summit

On August 8-11 Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) staff hosted a booth at the National...

Apr 21 2016 Illinois: CSF and State Sportsmen’s Caucus Gather with Hunters and Anglers of the Midwest

On April 13, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Apr 22 2015 Illinois Sportsmen’s Caucus and CSF Celebrate Hunting and Angling Heritage

On April 21, the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted...

Sep 18 2013 National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses’ 10th Annual Sportsman - Legislator Summit

Registration is now open for the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses' (NASC) 10th Annual...

Latest policy updates

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

“No-Net-Loss” of public lands has become increasingly important to ensure access to...

Concerned about the uncertainty that 30x30 policies may pose for hunting and...

Introduction Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal, degenerative neurological disease...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Knife industry and advocacy groups have successfully worked with the U.S. Congress...

A standard capacity magazine generally means any detachable ammunition feeding device that...

Recent advances in technology, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which can...

In an attempt to encourage novice hunter participation, many states now offer...

Recreational fishing is widely accepted as a wholesome and non-controversial lifetime outdoor...

In an effort to improve the quality of young people’s lives, several...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 Illinois: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Illinois: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - Illinois

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - Illinois

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — Illinois

Annual spending by Illinois sportsmen and women is more than one and a half...

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