PLAINFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Harry Benton, D-Plainfield, is making turkey hunting easier and more accessible by passing legislation through the Illinois House of Representatives to expand the range of firearms that can be used to hunt wild turkey.

“For many Illinoisans, hunting is a tradition that brings a lifetime of fond memories for families and friends,” said Benton. “Unfortunately, our current laws and regulations regarding firearms for wild turkey hunting are overly restrictive, and can prevent Illinoisans from using a firearm they need in order to hunt. This commonsense bill will help more people engage in turkey hunting.”

Benton’s House Bill 4237 expands the range of shotguns that can be used for turkey hunting to include smaller, .410 bore shotguns. This lighter style of shotgun is easier to use for people with disabilities, and children under adult supervision. These types of firearms have previously been approved for turkey hunting in other states, such as Iowa. Benton earned bipartisan and unanimous support for the bill on the House floor. It now moves to the Senate.

“This bill increases hunting accessibility while also keeping the list of approved firearms appropriate,“ said Benton. “I am proud to help Illinoisans of all sorts enjoy the sport of hunting.”

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97th District

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