I'm new to Illinois and some of the regulations are fairly confusing. Perhaps someone on the forum can clarify things for me.
I bought a Water Usage Stamp for my canoe, but I am not certain how to attach it. I asked a few people at DNR, and they didn't know either. So far as I know, the stamp must be physically attached to the boat; however, it is not a sticker. How have other people attached theirs? I ended up zip-tying it to a thwart until I find out how other people have done it.
Another question is about the legal distance to hunt near structures.
Here's a quote from the regs: "It is unlawful to hunt or allow a dog to hunt within 300 yards of an inhabited dwelling without first obtaining permission of the owner or tenant of the dwelling. Except: A 100-yard restriction shall apply while trapping, hunting with bow and arrow, or hunting with shotgun using shotshells only, or on licensed game breeding and hunting preserve areas, on federally owned and managed lands, on DNR owned,-managed, -leased or -controlled lands and areas operated under a Waterfowl Hunting Area permit."
I read this to mean that when hunting with a rifle or a shotgun with slugs, you must be 300 or more yards from any inhabited building. Does this mean that you can legally use a shotgun with shotshells (as in field hunting for waterfowl) up to 100 yards from any inhabited structure (without specific permission), or does the 300-yard restriction still apply (assuming you have permission or legal access to the area you want to hunt in)? What is a working definition of an inhabited building? Do grain silos, cow barns, and so forth count, or does this refer to any building that is not vacant or abandoned? Different states have different rules about this, and the hunting regs for Illinois are pretty vague.
Anyone have any advice? Thanks!