Preliminary deer harvest numbers up to November 17

Paul Shelton, Manager of the Forest Wildlife Program for the IDNR has provided the archery deer harves number through Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Totals of deer taken in Illinois by archery deer hunters reached 44,387.  Preliminary harvest through the same period last year was 48,179.

Rains/storms on Saturday and Sunday resulted in harvest levels significantly lower than would be expected on what is traditionally the highest harvest weekend of the archery season.  Total harvest to date has consisted of 50% does and 50% males (22314; 22073), but buck harvest during the past week was 65%.

The top five counties were Pike (1977), Fulton (1306), Jefferson (1070), Adams (993), and JoDaviess (887).  Here are the numbers by county with a comparison the last year's numbers by this time.

County 2012 2013
Adams 1107 993
Alexander 160 146
Bond 301 293
Boone 93 119
Brown 771 616
Bureau 668 548
Calhoun 630 552
Carroll 535 467
Cass 538 432
Champaign 320 282
Christian 360 363
Clark 701 608
Clay 438 384
Clinton 296 321
Coles 492 405
Cook 90 90
Crawford 632 573
Cumberland 333 283
DeKalb 146 135
DeWitt 392 397
Douglas 146 116
Dupage 23 24
Edgar 388 370
Edwards 154 162
Effingham 359 305
Fayette 584 560
Ford 55 51
Franklin 647 674
Fulton 1596 1306
Gallatin 196 215
Greene 668 559
Grundy 323 265
Hamilton 409 392
Hancock 611 587
Hardin 370 273
Henderson 201 180
Henry 426 365
Iroquois 392 340
Jackson 648 751
Jasper 459 324
Jefferson 1109 1070
Jersey 447 421
JoDaviess 930 887
Johnson 497 547
Kane 224 188
Kankakee 232 255
Kendall 185 175
Knox 790 721
Lake 272 234
LaSalle 764 677
Lawrence 306 313
Lee 367 383
Livingston 262 231
Logan 215 217
Macon 335 385
Macoupin 735 714
Madison 863 669
Marion 900 773
Marshall 289 259
Mason 286 267
Massac 241 251
McDonough 391 392
McHenry 453 414
McLean 489 427
Menard 267 237
Mercer 334 355
Monroe 283 255
Montgomery 568 491
Morgan 463 399
Moultrie 211 234
Ogle 613 572
Peoria 935 729
Perry 518 523
Piatt 148 148
Pike 2242 1977
Pope 732 690
Pulaski 181 173
Putnam 240 203
Randolph 707 719
Richland 344 274
Rock Island 486 549
Saline 337 347
Sangamon 595 540
Schuyler 750 641
Scott 214 154
Shelby 583 554
St. Clair 487 438
Stark 141 110
Stephenson 376 349
Tazewell 591 477
Union 586 632
Vermilion 751 776
Wabash 160 148
Warren 229 194
Washington 308 355
Wayne 655 559
White 423 393
Whiteside 418 400
Will 577 640
Williamson 650 707
Winnebago 335 314
Woodford 501 435
Grand Total 48179 44387

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