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
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
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.