Illinois Deer Harvest Update from the DNR

Illinois Deer Harvest Update from the DNR
Scott Buechel with a nice southern Illinois Buck taken last week with the boys from the Boneyard Outfitters.

The shotgun seasons for deer are coming soon.  Archery deer seasons have shown some good numbers.  Paul Shelton, Manager Forest Wildlife Program for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has provided me with a recent update.  Here's what he said.

Hunting conditions remained excellent during the past week, with cool weather and light winds throughout the period.  Small amounts of rain fell during the early morning hours on Saturday in parts of the state, but harvest remained strong.  Harvest was up significantly this week, and the proportion of males in the harvest continued to climb.

Through Sunday, November 4, 2012, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 30,956 deer.  Last year’s preliminary harvest for the same period was 28,198, and the five-year average for 2007-2011 was 29,381.

Harvest to date (for all weeks) consists of 56% does and 44% males (17475 F; 13481 M).  Males comprised about 59% of the past week’s harvest.  Top five counties to date are Pike (1309), Fulton (998), Jefferson (685), Peoria (671), and Adams (656).  A table containing individual county harvest is seen below.

Preliminary archery deer harvest through Nov. 4
County 2011 2012
Adams 592 656
Alexander 83 101
Bond 204 209
Boone 73 70
Brown 435 446
Bureau 349 465
Calhoun 381 387
Carroll 299 389
Cass 233 331
Champaign 212 234
Christian 251 252
Clark 312 395
Clay 295 271
Clinton 192 191
Coles 335 341
Cook 63 64
Crawford 336 367
Cumberland 233 210
DeKalb 98 109
DeWitt 337 290
Douglas 85 111
Dupage 17 17
Edgar 194 231
Edwards 83 81
Effingham 236 253
Fayette 365 389
Ford 42 39
Franklin 299 417
Fulton 824 998
Gallatin 120 98
Greene 349 420
Grundy 226 225
Hamilton 190 211
Hancock 311 342
Hardin 126 175
Henderson 98 135
Henry 228 302
Iroquois 250 278
Jackson 340 396
Jasper 270 293
Jefferson 610 685
Jersey 259 286
JoDaviess 481 601
Johnson 298 278
Kane 157 142
Kankakee 144 165
Kendall 100 133
Knox 461 485
Lake 173 179
LaSalle 500 533
Lawrence 170 187
Lee 246 266
Livingston 166 192
Logan 155 149
Macon 281 242
Macoupin 400 475
Madison 511 602
Marion 445 588
Marshall 187 195
Mason 149 189
Massac 147 122
McDonough 243 231
McHenry 284 334
McLean 322 358
Menard 135 175
Mercer 215 226
Monroe 123 198
Montgomery 328 408
Morgan 257 287
Moultrie 196 156
Ogle 366 445
Peoria 590 671
Perry 269 303
Piatt 133 105
Pike 1363 1309
Pope 317 332
Pulaski 129 106
Putnam 156 165
Randolph 392 431
Richland 176 204
Rock Island 315 343
Saline 181 200
Sangamon 372 424
Schuyler 446 416
Scott 113 134
Shelby 413 392
St. Clair 310 327
Stark 79 105
Stephenson 230 264
Tazewell 398 430
Union 306 324
Vermilion 569 510
Wabash 73 106
Warren 121 124
Washington 185 219
Wayne 359 389
White 215 225
Whiteside 242 305
Will 390 406
Williamson 358 413
Winnebago 201 234
Woodford 322 339
Grand Total 28198 30956

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