Illinois youth deer hunters turned in a record youth hunt on Oct. 8-10.

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

Youth deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 3,259 deer during the 3-day Youth Deer Season (October 8-10, 2016), compared to 2,841 in 2015.  This year’s total was a record for that season, surpassing the previous record of 3,123 deer taken in 2012. 

Harvest sex ratios were 50.3% female to 49.7% male (1639:1620).

Top five harvest counties were Randolph (130), Pike (129), Jackson (98), Jefferson (93), and Adams (89).  I’ve attached a table of county results, with comparable figures from 2015.

Paul Shelton, Manager
Forest Wildlife Program
IDNR

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

County 2015 2016
Adams 90 89
Alexander 11 12
Bond 14 28
Boone 3 1
Brown 51 59
Bureau 22 29
Calhoun 43 53
Carroll 18 26
Cass 23 21
Champaign 12 15
Christian 19 42
Clark 31 43
Clay 40 37
Clinton 22 15
Coles 15 17
Crawford 34 30
Cumberland 17 32
DeKalb 2 6
DeWitt 17 17
Douglas 4 6
Edgar 23 27
Edwards 13 18
Effingham 29 39
Fayette 52 63
Ford 3 5
Franklin 58 51
Fulton 70 86
Gallatin 29 19
Greene 32 51
Grundy 4 6
Hamilton 46 37
Hancock 49 50
Hardin 26 16
Henderson 10 11
Henry 18 17
Iroquois 15 11
Jackson 76 98
Jasper 43 48
Jefferson 91 93
Jersey 26 34
JoDaviess 47 74
Johnson 61 39
Kankakee 5 10
Kendall 4 6
Knox 34 37
LaSalle 19 25
Lawrence 14 11
Lee 16 20
Livingston 13 14
Logan 29 25
Macon 14 17
Macoupin 55 68
Madison 34 26
Marion 70 67
Marshall 19 27
Mason 19 19
Massac 14 12
McDonough 24 28
McHenry 2 7
McLean 17 20
Menard 7 12
Mercer 24 33
Monroe 22 31
Montgomery 52 47
Morgan 34 29
Moultrie 13 23
Ogle 28 29
Peoria 27 39
Perry 47 48
Piatt 4 7
Pike 130 129
Pope 38 34
Pulaski 16 20
Putnam 5 14
Randolph 106 130
Richland 23 32
Rock Island 19 27
Saline 24 41
Sangamon 25 28
Schuyler 49 79
Scott 8 16
Shelby 34 34
St. Clair 29 32
Stark 5 4
Stephenson 8 14
Tazewell 18 25
Union 55 61
Vermilion 31 25
Wabash 11 21
Warren 8 12
Washington 27 40
Wayne 62 67
White 27 42
Whiteside 13 18
Will 9 5
Williamson 50 59
Winnebago 9 10
Woodford 33 32
Grand Total 2841 3259