In one of his anti-hunting, (read anti-gun) last hurrah actions, outgoing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed an important bill.
House Bill 4226 would have allowed Illinois hunters to hunt Bobcats. While this may seem trivial to some, it’s not. Bobcats, are not your average house kitty. They can grow a bit bigger. And with big growth, comes a big appetite . . .
Sure, a bobcat’s diet will consist of many smaller things that creep and crawl, but they have the ability to kill much larger game. And they do. A simple bing or google search will yield many news stories and photos of their prowess. Here is a pic of a bobcat taking down a whitetail deer. Yes, a deer.
And the occasional attack on humans.
While a bobcat may not eat much during its first feeding, it likely won’t come back for too many subsequent feedings as the meat will rot. And they like to roam. What’s the kitties’ solution? Why, kill another something. Be it your chickens, or the family dog. Or a farmers spring newborns
What is worse is that the outgoing Governor did this completely against all evidence presented to him.
According to a recent article,
HB 4226, which was supported by wildlife professionals at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), would have amended the wildlife code to allow hunters to kill one bobcat in a season that would run November 1st to February 15th. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the House by a vote of 91-20 while the vote was closer in the Senate, 30-19.
Governor Quinn’s stance on the outdoors has nothing to do with the science of conservation, but with the politics of it. His veto came on his last day in office. Republican Bruce Rauner will be inaugurated on Monday.
The bill was supported by the professionals hired to help maintain the wildlife resources of the state. And by his legislative body, yet Quinn still basically said F.U.
With any hope, a new house bill will be drafted, voted on, and placed on to the new governor’s desk. And he will sign it.
For what it’s worth, small to medium calibers work well on these thin-skinned critters. My hunting buddy whacked one at a bit over 100 yards with a .22 pistol. An AR sporting the 5.56/.223 is also a great choice. And if you are limited to shotgun hunting, might I suggest #4 buck?