ShagZ, your sorrow is mine also.
The Demokratik Peoples Workers Republik of Bankorrupt IL also does not permit semi-autos for hunting.
I have to chose between my S&W 610 or the Ruger BlackHawk Buckeye convert if I want to use a 10MM for deer hunting.
NRA Endowment Member, NRA Certified Instructor for Rifle & Pistol, Illinois State Rifle Assn. - Life Member, GSSF Life Member,N.R.O.I. level I, IL Glockers #34
G: 19,20(x2),21,22,23(x2),24,27,29,34,35 & 36 (still counting)