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Illinois deer hunting: Harvest stays up

The upward trend in Illinois deer harvest continues.

Harvest for the first four-day late-winter antlerless and CWD seasons–3,939–was up from last year–2,981–despite five fewer counties overall involved in those season.

Archery harvest through Sunday remains about the same as last year.

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

LATE WINTER DEER SEASON/SPECIAL CWD DEER SEASON – PRELIMINARY HARVEST RESULTS

For the first four-day period (December 31, 2015-January 3, 2016) of the Late Winter Antlerless Deer Season and the Special CWD Deer Season, Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 3,939 deer, compared to 2,981 for the same period in 2014-2015. The number of counties open to the Late Winter Season was 27 (down from 35 in 2014-2015), while 14 northern Illinois counties were open to the Special CWD Season (compared to 12 in 2014-2015).

Top five counties (including both Late Winter and CWD seasons) were JoDaviess (306), Fulton (294), Pike (233), Schuyler (188), and Brown (186). A table of county results is attached [posted at bottom of entry].

ARCHERY DEER PRELIMINARY HARVEST RESULTS

Through Sunday, January 3, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 53,373 deer, compared to 53,188 for the same period in 2014-2015.

Harvest to date has consisted of 47% does and 53% males (25,181:28,192), while 45% percent of the harvest has been antlered bucks (23,841). Top five counties are currently Pike (1,995), Fulton (1,526), Jefferson (1,190), Adams (1,135), and JoDaviess (1,051). 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

Below is the county-by-county breakdown for the first late-winter antlerless and CWD seasons:

SeasonCounty20142015CWDBOONE1623LWBROWN113186LWCARROLL5383LWCLARK63113LWCLAY5684LWCOLES15CLOSEDLWCRAWFORD57113CWDDEKALB2821LWEDGAR3249LWEDWARDS3637LWEFFINGHAM30CLOSEDLWFULTON160294CWDGRUNDY5159LWHAMILTON8497LWHENDERSON2756CWDJODAVIESS251306CWDKANE619CWDKANKAKEECLOSED44CWDKENDALL1314LWKNOX91128CWDLASALLE63130LWLEE4053CWDLIVINGSTONCLOSED39LWMACOUPIN75CLOSEDLWMADISON4950LWMARION102107LWMARSHALL3245LWMCDONOUGH4293CWDMCHENRY4482LWMCLEAN3237LWMERCER6997LWMONROE3748LWMONTGOMERY38CLOSEDCWDOGLE95164LWPEORIA88CLOSEDLWPIKE198233LWPUTNAM1543LWROCKISLAND59108LWSALINE64120LWSCHUYLER112188LWSHELBY4162LWSTARK11CLOSEDCWDSTEPHENSON114140LWVERMILION4090LWWARREN34CLOSEDLWWAYNE116CLOSEDLWWHITE117142CWDWILL2252CWDWINNEBAGO5090TOTAL29813939