Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 74,191

Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 74,191
Kyle Stefanich dropped this buck on the opening day of the 2013 Illinois Firearm Deer Season.

Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 74,191 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 99,546 deer taken during the 2012 firearm season.

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 5-8) harvest total was 18,483, compared with the 27,213 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the season last year. This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 22-24) deer harvest was 55,708, compared with a first-season harvest of 72,111 in 2012.  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.

During the second segment of the firearm season (Dec. 5-8), opening day saw falling temperatures and gusty winds throughout the state, and southern Illinois saw rain/freezing rain turning to snow that continued through Friday with substantial accumulations.  Frigid temperatures persisted Friday and Saturday, with single-digit lows throughout the state on Saturday and highs that reached 20 degrees only in the south.  Temperatures increased slightly on Sunday, with snow falling through much of the day in northern Illinois.  Windy conditions prevailed throughout much of the season.

“Clearly this year’s preliminary firearm harvest numbers are below previous seasons, and while bad weather conditions throughout the state played a role, it cannot be the only factor.  Once all deer seasons are complete, our biologists will evaluate deer management goals on a county by county basis to achieve stability in our deer herd,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

Beginning in 2008, the IDNR adopted deer herd management goals based on recommendations of the General Assembly's Joint Task Force on Deer Population Control

Those recommendations called for a 14 percent reduction statewide (from peak levels) in the rate of automobile accidents with deer.  Many counties have met their goal, and other counties are close to meeting this directive.

The reduction in county deer populations, combined in some instances with localized effects of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) outbreaks in the deer herd and less than optimal hunting conditions, have resulted in a lower firearm deer harvest in previous years.  In the coming months, IDNR biologists will examine available data for each county, including hunter surveys and comments received during open house forums this past spring to determine where adjustments in deer management will be made for the coming year.

Continuing and upcoming deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include:

  • The      Archery Deer Season, continuing through Jan. 19, 2014;
  • The      three-day Illinois Muzzleloader-only Deer Season is this week, on Dec.      13-15, 2013;
  • The      seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and      Special CWD Deer Season are Dec. 26-29, 2013 and Jan. 17-19, 2014.

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.  Note that Greene County was closed to the Late-Winter Season this year.

The counties with the highest preliminary harvest totals for deer taken during the seven-day firearm season were Pike (2,269), Jackson (1,931), Fulton (1,886), JoDaviess (1,870), Randolph (1,786), and Adams (1,783).

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the first and second portions of the 2013 firearm deer season.

County

1st Season

2013

2nd Season

2013

2013

Total

2012

Total

Adams

1393

390

1783

2538

Alexander

319

156

475

453

Bond

427

135

562

754

Boone

49

25

74

145

Brown

734

274

1008

1409

Bureau

730

253

983

1402

Calhoun

532

258

790

990

Carroll

597

230

827

1151

Cass

421

185

606

816

Champaign

147

77

224

342

Christian

401

134

535

664

Clark

725

279

1004

1323

Clay

659

204

863

1219

Clinton

420

125

545

755

Coles

355

96

451

670

Crawford

632

174

806

1168

Cumberland

444

147

591

934

DeKalb

100

35

135

196

DeWitt

202

109

311

469

Douglas

108

35

143

193

Edgar

453

195

648

843

Edwards

269

70

339

431

Effingham

517

150

667

935

Fayette

1067

326

1393

1723

Ford

70

26

96

136

Franklin

853

220

1073

1310

Fulton

1409

477

1886

2816

Gallatin

323

114

437

516

Greene

763

336

1099

1351

Grundy

237

112

349

468

Hamilton

778

197

975

1189

Hancock

1183

401

1584

2074

Hardin

719

212

931

1027

Henderson

374

141

515

634

Henry

458

179

637

848

Iroquois

413

214

627

828

Jackson

1526

405

1931

2219

Jasper

658

177

835

1160

Jefferson

1340

348

1688

2183

Jersey

479

171

650

932

JoDaviess

1356

514

1870

2518

Johnson

1134

248

1382

1719

Kane

23

12

35

55

Kankakee

106

94

200

248

Kendall

56

22

78

114

Knox

750

269

1019

1606

Lake

3

0

3

8

LaSalle

588

214

802

1209

Lawrence

341

125

466

591

Lee

385

166

551

784

Livingston

306

108

414

613

Logan

251

83

334

491

Macon

159

85

244

329

Macoupin

890

332

1222

1815

Madison

502

153

655

924

Marion

1007

323

1330

1773

Marshall

424

146

570

777

Mason

318

110

428

621

Massac

422

128

550

701

McDonough

569

218

787

1074

McHenry

168

104

272

418

McLean

427

138

565

784

Menard

211

111

322

469

Mercer

565

185

750

1019

Monroe

645

166

811

1011

Montgomery

656

175

831

1047

Morgan

543

224

767

975

Moultrie

138

52

190

302

Ogle

632

245

877

1126

Peoria

689

225

914

1490

Perry

832

200

1032

1294

Piatt

84

34

118

194

Pike

1535

734

2269

3073

Pope

1108

258

1366

1583

Pulaski

409

152

561

660

Putnam

278

83

361

520

Randolph

1436

350

1786

2222

Richland

465

114

579

751

Rock Island

544

178

722

969

Saline

569

136

705

1028

Sangamon

395

146

541

874

Schuyler

981

315

1296

1704

Scott

299

105

404

490

Shelby

714

205

919

1273

St. Clair

483

164

647

891

Stark

156

49

205

342

Stephenson

517

226

743

1059

Tazewell

338

139

477

841

Union

1297

364

1661

1803

Vermilion

386

186

572

947

Wabash

189

60

249

310

Warren

394

107

501

758

Washington

715

173

888

1099

Wayne

1037

231

1268

1719

White

556

134

690

872

Whiteside

482

157

639

869

Will

202

110

312

389

Williamson

1107

374

1481

1676

Winnebago

223

89

312

534

Woodford

429

143

572

977

Total

55708

18483

74191

99546

 

 

 

 

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