Illinois Association of Hunting Preserves Home Page

Contact Info

Registered Agent
Terry Musser
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
Illinois Hunting & Outdoor Sports Association
Bill Schroeder, Treasurer
PO Box 141
Dundee, IL 60118-0141
(847) 426-4711
(847) 493-9555 Cell
(847) 741-8157 Fax

The Catalyst for Change

Over the years, the IHOSA has worked with the IDNR, the Illinois General Assembly, the North American Gamebird Association and other organizations to bring about key changes that benefit hunting preserves and game farms. Some examples include:

  1. Preserve operators may now harvest 100% of all game birds released as compared to 80% for some species in the past.
  2. Preserve hunting season dates have been extended to September 1st to April 15th for Class A preserves and all-year for Class B preserves.
  3. Requirements for the amount of land to operate a hunting preserve have been changed from 320 to 200 contiguous acres, 100 of which must be suitable wildlife habitat.
  4. A person hunting on a licensed preserve is not required to have an Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) in possession as long as one member of the hunting party has a FOID card in possession.
  5. The IHOSA provided both monetary support and direct assistance to the North American Gamebird Association to convince the USDA, Farm Service Agency to continue allowing hunting preserve operation on Conservation Reserve Program acreage.
  6. Working with the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in the Illinois General Assembly, sales and use tax exemptions were approved for game birds harvested on hunting preserves.
  7. The IHOSA was closely involved in the development of reasonable outfitter regulations and increasing the cap on non-resident archery permit numbers.