Outdoor Skills - Hunting Q&A

I recently purchased a new Eclipse 209 muzzleloader, which some people tell me is illegal to use in Illinois. Is it? I would greatly appreciate it if you'd get back to me as soon as possible. My e-mail address is....

Sorry, I can't respond directly to questions and only answer those that appear on this Web site--and only the eight per month I choose out of those received. Otherwise people would be e-mailing me constantly, and Field & Stream doesn't pay me enough to sit down and answer questions all day, every day. I also don't have copies of the current hunting regulations for every American state or Canadian province. Questions like yours can be answered quickly by making a phone call or two. If you don't know the number or e-mail address of your state game agency, a local sporting-goods store that sells licenses should.