Deer harvest totals in the early days of Illinois archery season are well off the pace of 2015. Archery deer season opened Oct. 1.

Here is the word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

ARCHERY DEER

Through Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 6,235 deer, compared to 8,868 for the same period in 2015.

Harvest  to date has consisted of 71% does and 29% males (4425; 1810).  Top five counties were Pike (228), Fulton (167), Adams (159), Jefferson (151), and JoDaviess (140).   A table of county results is attached.

Up-to-date archery harvest figures (for either deer or turkey) by county/state sites can be tracked on the web at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/IDNRHarvestQuery.aspx

Paul Shelton, Manager
Forest Wildlife Program

FYI, that link above is tracking for the current year, not for an up-to-the-minute comparison with the previous year, which I find useful.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

County 2015 2016
Adams 170 159
Alexander 21 13
Bond 61 30
Boone 21 15
Brown 96 74
Bureau 112 72
Calhoun 104 72
Carroll 92 94
Cass 92 68
Champaign 67 55
Christian 98 55
Clark 91 82
Clay 69 56
Clinton 48 23
Coles 95 61
Cook 25 11
Crawford 116 87
Cumberland 49 30
DeKalb 35 21
DeWitt 112 70
Douglas 24 18
Dupage 5 0
Edgar 62 31
Edwards 23 18
Effingham 67 54
Fayette 108 78
Ford 10 10
Franklin 166 123
Fulton 235 167
Gallatin 34 13
Greene 89 69
Grundy 65 39
Hamilton 94 59
Hancock 87 78
Hardin 45 27
Henderson 37 13
Henry 55 66
Iroquois 69 39
Jackson 160 114
Jasper 74 51
Jefferson 239 151
Jersey 85 51
JoDaviess 177 140
Johnson 116 82
Kane 45 30
Kankakee 50 36
Kendall 37 21
Knox 149 104
Lake 41 27
LaSalle 136 98
Lawrence 54 34
Lee 85 48
Livingston 51 20
Logan 58 33
Macon 74 51
Macoupin 128 88
Madison 135 99
Marion 146 89
Marshall 49 43
Mason 60 30
Massac 29 22
McDonough 61 61
McHenry 74 76
McLean 95 50
Menard 54 31
Mercer 75 50
Monroe 62 33
Montgomery 121 84
Morgan 69 62
Moultrie 59 43
Ogle 126 99
Peoria 148 119
Perry 122 84
Piatt 28 16
Pike 297 228
Pope 87 40
Pulaski 28 22
Putnam 51 33
Randolph 180 126
Richland 51 34
Rock Island 122 95
Saline 89 45
Sangamon 106 85
Schuyler 99 77
Scott 33 14
Shelby 121 97
St. Clair 108 70
Stark 16 16
Stephenson 65 56
Tazewell 109 66
Union 149 84
Vermilion 170 113
Wabash 33 16
Warren 37 31
Washington 68 40
Wayne 122 77
White 63 34
Whiteside 68 74
Will 120 105
Williamson 184 120
Winnebago 67 55
Woodford 104 62
Grand Total 8868 6235