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Slim36

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In Illinois you can use any gun during any of the gun seasons as long as it complies to the cal. requirements. For ML, it has to be of .45 cal or larger shooting a projectile of at least .44, however you can shoot a pistol of 30 cal, go figure...It is Illinois so nothing in this state makes much sense. For small game they don't even mention muzzleloaders but do state you can use a rimfire rifle of .22 cal. Not sure how they would feel about about smaller cal ML's
 

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You're right about Illinois law making little sense.
Some of the goofy stuff;
During the muzzleloading rifle only season pistols are NOT allowed. But you CAN use your muzzleloading pistol during the late-winter antlerless-only season so long as it meets muzzle energy requirements.
During the muzzleloading rifle only season your smoothbore is NOT legal to hunt deer. But it IS legal during the "firearm" deer season because then it is a shotgun.
Muzzleloading pistols are not allowed even during the firearm season.

As far as small game muzzleloading, you must carefully check the site-specific regs for any state land you want to hunt.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find out the whole truth. For example, the hunter fact sheet for Sand Ridge State Forrest this year did not mention muzzleloading rifles BUT the rule book says they are OK.
Some only allow shotguns. Some allow shotguns or rimfire. Some allow shotguns or muzzleloading rifles. Some allow all of the above. A smoothbore muzzleloader IS a shotgun when loaded with shot.
On private land you can use whatever you like.
 

Slim36

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Add to all of their wizardspeak the administrative rules, which are hard to get an accurate copy of and they kind of have you over the barrel so to speak.
 

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IDNR just passed a rule that allow hunters to shoot a wild hog but only during firearm deer season. If the wild hogs are a nuisence, why not let hunters shoot them on sight. Also how about bowhunters during bow season? Should they be allowed to shoot one also? I see a possible scheme that the IDNR will keep record of how many hogs are shoot, so in the near future they can start charging hunters to hunt them and to have a season. All for money and the ignorant rednecks who shuck these hogs in will get what they wanted and we will see our native game suffer for it.
 

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Many states have weird hunting laws. Hunting laws are seldom written with hunters in mind. They are more often written for commerce and manufacturers. Read crazy laws and then look at what they are selling or trying to sell on the shelves. Many muzzleloader seasons were written to promote the sales of “modern” muzzleloaders for example.
Think of it from a sales perspective”¦.and follow the money.

Hunters don't write the laws.... Business does.
 

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You're right about Illinois law making little sense.
Some of the goofy stuff;
During the muzzleloading rifle only season pistols are NOT allowed. But you CAN use your muzzleloading pistol during the late-winter antlerless-only season so long as it meets muzzle energy requirements.
During the muzzleloading rifle only season your smoothbore is NOT legal to hunt deer. But it IS legal during the "firearm" deer season because then it is a shotgun.
Muzzleloading pistols are not allowed even during the firearm season.

As far as small game muzzleloading, you must carefully check the site-specific regs for any state land you want to hunt.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find out the whole truth. For example, the hunter fact sheet for Sand Ridge State Forrest this year did not mention muzzleloading rifles BUT the rule book says they are OK.
Some only allow shotguns. Some allow shotguns or rimfire. Some allow shotguns or muzzleloading rifles. Some allow all of the above. A smoothbore muzzleloader IS a shotgun when loaded with shot.
On private land you can use whatever you like.
OK, I know this is an old thread however..... There is some misinformation in this post. I had never heard of not being allowed to use your muzzleloading smoothbore during the IL muzzleloading season until I read this thread today. I made several phone calls today to the IDNR and a couple of Conservation Police Officers. Per what I was told, you may use your smoothbores during ml season IF the smoothbore meets all the muzzleloading rifle requirements. The use of the word rifle is simply to differentiate between pistol and longarm. The muzzleloading longarm does NOT have to have a rifled bore. So for example your typical 20 guage/62 Cal trade musket firing a single patched ball is just hunky dory.
 
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