Illinois Hunters Beware: Drone-Assisted Hunting Faces Strict Penalties


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SPRINGFIELD, IL – As the archery season nears, Illinois Conservation Police issue a timely reminder to hunters: using drones during hunting or wildlife recovery is illegal. 

According to the Illinois Wildlife Code, anyone found violating this can face consequences, including possible seizure and forfeiture of the misused equipment.

The Wildlife Code explicitly prohibits taking, pursuing, or disturbing wild birds or mammals using any vehicle, conveyance, or unmanned aircraft, with limited exceptions. For a full understanding of these regulations, hunters are urged to review the code available at

To report incidents or get in touch with the Illinois Conservation Police, visit the IDNR website. For more updates, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @IllinoisConservationPolice.


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