Hunting for sport doesn’t mean wasting the meat, according to a new Illinois law. The law requires hunters to use all edible parts of harvested animals. Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says this should discourage poaching. “The ‘wants and waste bill’ will help us crack down on poachers who are going out and shooting an animal just for the antlers,” Miller said.
Miller acknowledged that poaching is not a widespread problem in Illinois, as most hunters are already abiding by this law. “I personally hunt, a lot of my friends hunt, “Miller said. “What is the point in going out is going out and having a good time with your friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, but also in pursuit of game, is to take that game and to use it.” Miller says rather than abandoning it, hunters can donate any unwanted meat to charities or food banks throughout Illinois.
Once the law takes effect next year, tossing usable meat will become a misdemeanor. It will be still legal to discard any meat that’s infected or unsafe for human consumption.