SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing his efforts to support Veterans returning home to Illinois, state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, sponsored legislation recently signed into law that allows for disabled veterans, returning military service members, and those who are terminally ill to apply for their Trapping license free of charge. The bill also allows a person to show an electronic copy of their trapping license or Nuisance Wildlife Control Permit instead of the physical, paper license.
“The bravest among us deserve so much,” said Yednock. “That’s why the least we can do as a state is to tear down the obstacles that prevent our military service members from participating in outdoor sports and wildlife preservation when they return home. Small measures like this can add up to a great deal of help for the Veterans in Illinois while attracting new Veterans to our great state.”
Yednock’s legislation, Senate Bill 1533, essentially provides the same opportunity of no-cost application fees for Veterans applying for Trapping licenses as the new fee-free application for Hunting licenses does. A Trapping license is an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time.
“Sometimes the overpopulation of specific animals in specific areas at specific times can be detrimental to the local wildlife ecosystem,” continued Yednock. “During moments like these, we would be lucky to have so many qualified marksman participate in the trapping of animals, especially if the trapping benefits multiple species at the same time. I’m always happy to pass common sense legislation like this.”