Illinois Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 99,324

Archery Deer Season Continues; Muzzleloader and Late-Winter/CWD Seasons Ahead

Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 99,324 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 97,820 deer taken during the 2011 firearm season.

The preliminary second-season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) harvest total was 27,213, compared with the 31,259 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the 2011 season. This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 18-20) deer harvest was 72,111, compared with a first-season harvest of 66,501 in 2011.  The preliminary harvest totals include deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as at Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County.

"If you enjoy deer hunting in warm, spring-like weather, this was the season for you," said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  "One of the benefits of having a split firearm deer season is that we typically avoid getting caught in a single weather pattern that might negatively impact the overall harvest.  This year, conditions were much more favorable during the first season and less so during the second, but I think we're right on track with our harvest in most areas."

Preliminary harvest reports show the top five county totals for deer taken during the seven-day firearm season were Pike (3,068), Fulton (2,815), Adams (2,534), Jo Daviess (2,534), and Randolph (2,221).

Continuing and upcoming deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include:

  • The archery deer season, continuing through Jan. 20, 2013;
  • The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season is this week on Dec. 7-9, 2012;
  • The seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season are Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013.

Permits for both the Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons will be available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning Dec. 11.  Archery and remaining muzzleloader-only permits are also available over the counter from DNR Direct vendors.  Vendor locations by county are available on the IDNR website at this link:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

For detailed information on the Late-Winter and CWD deer seasons, including information sheets listing open counties and permit limits, check the IDNR website at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the first and second portions of the 2012 firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm harvest for 2012, and the comparable county harvest totals for 2011.

County 1st SEASON 2012 2nd SEASON 2012 TOTAL 2012 TOTAL 2011
Adams 1938 596 2534 2394
Alexander 304 144 448 536
Bond 545 209 754 786
Boone 96 46 142 129
Brown 992 417 1409 1224
Bureau 1014 385 1399 1280
Calhoun 668 321 989 1126
Carroll 835 316 1151 955
Cass 580 233 813 674
Champaign 239 102 341 338
Christian 472 191 663 687
Clark 951 370 1321 1330
Clay 909 308 1217 1351
Clinton 580 176 756 845
Coles 502 167 669 788
Crawford 831 334 1165 1136
Cumberland 701 233 934 956
DeKalb 143 51 194 182
DeWitt 299 149 448 454
Douglas 145 48 193 242
Edgar 605 238 843 785
Edwards 314 116 430 411
Effingham 728 206 934 1050
Fayette 1284 438 1722 1952
Ford 96 40 136 139
Franklin 907 402 1309 1314
Fulton 2048 767 2815 2581
Gallatin 331 181 512 582
Greene 991 359 1350 1386
Grundy 322 148 470 435
Hamilton 841 348 1189 1173
Hancock 1515 559 2074 1992
Hardin 790 234 1024 1093
Henderson 485 148 633 619
Henry 592 253 845 762
Iroquois 549 278 827 796
Jackson 1621 594 2215 2229
Jasper 852 308 1160 1259
Jefferson 1540 638 2178 2315
Jersey 677 254 931 882
Jo Daviess 1877 657 2534 2229
Johnson 1309 406 1715 1709
Kane 36 17 53 44
Kankakee 170 77 247 219
Kendall 56 57 113 102
Knox 1146 456 1602 1479
Lake 9 0 9 5
LaSalle 887 318 1205 1147
Lawrence 432 160 592 560
Lee 565 218 783 703
Livingston 468 145 613 568
Logan 358 133 491 424
Macon 229 98 327 366
Macoupin 1366 449 1815 1736
Madison 686 238 924 904
Marion 1319 453 1772 1856
Marshall 597 180 777 767
Mason 438 177 615 595
Massac 463 238 701 642
McDonough 736 337 1073 1067
McHenry 287 128 415 337
McLean 602 183 785 724
Menard 345 122 467 423
Mercer 755 261 1016 963
Monroe 794 217 1011 950
Montgomery 773 274 1047 1177
Morgan 658 316 974 926
Moultrie 226 75 301 358
Ogle 796 301 1097 1034
Peoria 1093 395 1488 1482
Perry 956 338 1294 1244
Piatt 135 59 194 185
Pike 2108 960 3068 2958
Pope 1212 367 1579 1741
Pulaski 439 218 657 709
Putnam 389 131 520 470
Randolph 1665 556 2221 2185
Richland 532 219 751 817
Rock Island 690 278 968 912
Saline 690 327 1017 996
Sangamon 644 230 874 794
Schuyler 1225 479 1704 1628
Scott 352 138 490 519
Shelby 940 333 1273 1430
St. Clair 691 199 890 980
Stark 247 94 341 297
Stephenson 797 251 1048 975
Tazewell 619 214 833 684
Union 1319 479 1798 1704
Vermilion 627 320 947 960
Wabash 216 95 311 278
Warren 559 197 756 616
Washington 803 296 1099 1108
Wayne 1188 528 1716 1871
White 602 270 872 992
Whiteside 648 220 868 744
Will 260 126 386 370
Williamson 1145 527 1672 1741
Winnebago 379 124 503 437
Woodford 726 249 975 811
Total 72111 27213 99324 97820

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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