Illinois' archery deer season has a good start

Illinois' archery deer season has a good start
Kyle Stefanich (in camo) is surrounded by family and friends for this photo op with a deer that he harvested in the Illinois Youth Deer Season (October 6-7).

Paul Shelton, Manager Forest Wildlife Program, Illinois DNR shared some information regarding the deer archery season that started here in Illinois on October 1.

Through Monday, October 8, 2012, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 7,932 deer.  Although the season started slowly because of a Monday opener, harvest picked up significantly over the weekend with excellent hunting conditions.  Last year, with a Saturday opener, preliminary harvest through the same period was 8,272.  The previous five-year average harvest (2007-2011) for Oct. 1-8 was 7,297 deer.  Generally speaking, counties to the north and west did better than last year, while counties to the south and east lagged behind last year.

Harvest to date consisted of 69% does and 31% males (5504; 2428).  Top five counties were Pike (291), Fulton (235), Peoria (190), Vermilion (169), and LaSalle (167).  A table containing Individual county harvest is attached.

The 2-day Youth Deer Season (October 6-7) concluded Sunday with a preliminary reported harvest of 3,114 deer, compared to a preliminary reported total of 1,853 for that season last year.  Young hunters were able to enjoy cool hunting conditions for the first time in several years, and this year’s total is a new record for the season.  Previous five-year average harvest (2007-2011) for the Youth Season was 1549 deer, and the previous record harvest was 2,409 deer in 2009.

Harvest sex ratios consisted of 49% does and 51% males (1514; 1600).  Top five counties were Pike (166), Fulton (106), Adams (104), Jefferson (95), and Randolph (83).  County results are included in the attached table.

County 2011 2012
Adams 138 163
Alexander 17 19
Bond 69 50
Boone 15 18
Brown 102 106
Bureau 96 105
Calhoun 94 92
Carroll 68 92
Cass 61 87
Champaign 68 90
Christian 76 80
Clark 101 75
Clay 108 62
Clinton 59 50
Coles 99 91
Cook 21 18
Crawford 104 73
Cumberland 66 51
DeKalb 30 29
DeWitt 129 101
Douglas 29 22
Dupage 5 3
Edgar 57 58
Edwards 19 20
Effingham 82 77
Fayette 118 98
Ford 19 25
Franklin 90 101
Fulton 225 235
Gallatin 37 21
Greene 91 120
Grundy 83 72
Hamilton 63 46
Hancock 71 88
Hardin 38 34
Henderson 20 24
Henry 63 79
Iroquois 75 81
Jackson 99 85
Jasper 84 77
Jefferson 214 150
Jersey 70 83
JoDaviess 107 142
Johnson 90 65
Kane 52 44
Kankakee 44 46
Kendall 32 35
Knox 111 129
Lake 47 40
LaSalle 168 167
Lawrence 57 31
Lee 62 56
Livingston 66 67
Logan 52 59
Macon 89 68
Macoupin 107 112
Madison 168 156
Marion 161 144
Marshall 54 52
Mason 37 46
Massac 42 26
McDonough 53 68
McHenry 83 74
McLean 132 118
Menard 35 47
Mercer 48 51
Monroe 39 40
Montgomery 117 107
Morgan 68 55
Moultrie 70 48
Ogle 102 90
Peoria 182 190
Perry 98 74
Piatt 50 41
Pike 314 291
Pope 80 61
Pulaski 34 21
Putnam 44 43
Randolph 120 114
Richland 46 52
Rock Island 81 93
Saline 61 38
Sangamon 99 149
Schuyler 85 94
Scott 31 36
Shelby 128 127
St. Clair 83 75
Stark 15 27
Stephenson 58 46
Tazewell 134 161
Union 92 73
Vermilion 218 169
Wabash 21 19
Warren 24 30
Washington 58 47
Wayne 119 81
White 69 39
Whiteside 63 94
Will 127 129
Williamson 123 116
Winnebago 36 40
Woodford 113 128
Grand Total 8272 7932
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