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Illinois deer hunting: Harvest updates

Preliminary harvest figures are out for the first late-winter deer seasons; as well as an update for bowhunting.

And archery harvest continues to lag behind the 2013-14 season; while, as expected with 20 less counties, first late-winter season is just over half of the harvest from last year.

ARCHERY DEER

Through Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 53,434 deer, compared to 54,922 for the same period in the 2013-14 archery deer season. Harvest to date has consisted of 47% does and 53% males (25,092F: 28,342M). Top five counties are Pike (2053), Fulton (1483), Jefferson (1325), Adams (1165), and JoDaviess (1088). A table of county results is attached.

LATE WINTER/SPECIAL CWD SEASONS

Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,986 deer during the first segment (January 1-4) of the Late Winter Antlerless Deer Season and the Special CWD Season. Thirty-five counties were open to the Late Winter Antlerless Deer Season, compared to 55 last year. Twelve counties were open to the Special CWD Season, compared to 11 last year. During the first segment of these seasons last year (2013-2014), 5,361 deer were harvested. The Special CWD Season is conducted to help manage deer populations in counties where Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in the deer herd. A table of county results is attached.

Paul Shelton, Manager

Forest Wildlife Program

SeasonCounty20132014CWDBoone1416CWDDeKalb1628CWDGrundy5751CWDJoDaviess224253CWDKane156CWDKendall2313CWDLaSalle10163CWDMcHenry5244CWDOgle11195CWDStephenson114114CWDWillCLOSED22CWDWinnebago7450CWD Season Subtotal801755# CWD counties1112LWAdams144CLOSEDLWBond51CLOSEDLWBrown84113LWBureau85CLOSEDLWCalhoun93CLOSEDLWCarroll8353LWClark11463LWClay6556LWClinton28CLOSEDLWColes2715LWCrawford8157LWCumberland25CLOSEDLWEdgar5932LWEdwards5037LWEffingham5030LWFayette92CLOSEDLWFulton157160LWHamilton10084LWHancock126CLOSEDLWHenderson4327LWJefferson248CLOSEDLWJersey57CLOSEDLWKnox11691LWLee5740LWLogan23CLOSEDLWMacoupin11475LWMadison5049LWMarion144102LWMarshall4432LWMcDonough8442LWMcLean3632LWMenard23CLOSEDLWMercer7669LWMonroe6437LWMontgomery4238LWPeoria9488LWPerry164CLOSEDLWPike200199LWPutnam3015LWRandolph206CLOSEDLWRichland68CLOSEDLWRock Island7859LWSaline8964LWSangamon62CLOSEDLWSchuyler128112LWScott19CLOSEDLWShelby5942LWSt. Clair62CLOSEDLWStark1611LWVermilion6240LWWarren4934LWWayne183116LWWhite141117LWWhiteside64CLOSEDLWWoodford51CLOSEDLW Season Subtotal45602231# LW counties5535Total counties open6647Total53612986And the bowhunting update

County20132014Adams11531165Alexander225189Bond349332Boone139144Brown726695Bureau639588Calhoun689605Carroll536548Cass509517Champaign328286Christian450443Clark763683Clay487518Clinton373370Coles470487Cook135106Crawford726712Cumberland340326DeKalb170148DeWitt503427Douglas138129Dupage4030Edgar448387Edwards226236Effingham363352Fayette668615Ford6448Franklin898940Fulton15531483Gallatin315303Greene670615Grundy329327Hamilton550618Hancock704667Hardin381399Henderson234252Henry424410Iroquois410318Jackson10051007Jasper409446Jefferson13601325Jersey493423JoDaviess10181088Johnson728760Kane271296Kankakee329291Kendall207158Knox852917Lake376417LaSalle818717Lawrence416447Lee459428Livingston258223Logan252243Macon482456Macoupin861802Madison844822Marion971935Marshall307317Mason325314Massac368362McDonough460438McHenry518498McLean507474Menard272300Mercer398398Monroe311362Montgomery590551Morgan457453Moultrie284305Ogle674641Peoria882839Perry671728Piatt175157Pike23952053Pope887923Pulaski224250Putnam249251Randolph903946Richland362366Rock Island651658Saline459500Sangamon668671Schuyler756781Scott183210Shelby653610St. Clair561505Stark124107Stephenson392464Tazewell578488Union862863Vermilion905742Wabash194227Warren248255Washington438460Wayne764798White545582Whiteside472446Will856651Williamson9731036Winnebago369407Woodford518428Grand Total5492253434