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Rut brings archery harvest near last year: Illinois deer hunting

SHARE Rut brings archery harvest near last year: Illinois deer hunting
SHARE Rut brings archery harvest near last year: Illinois deer hunting

Nothing like the rut to even up the harvest. Through Sunday, Illinois bowhunters have taken near the same number of deer as last year.

And the percentage of bucks in the overall harvest has jumped significantly.

Photo at the top is one of my most exciting and frustrating, watching those two bucks out of range for hours a few years ago.

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

ARCHERY DEER Through Sunday, November 6, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 25,479 deer, compared to 25,677 for the same period in 2015. Harvest to date has consisted of 51% does and 48% males (13065: 12414), but harvest during the past week was 2/3 male as rutting activity increased. Top five counties were Pike (968), Fulton (679), Adams (598), Jefferson (579), and JoDaviess (541). 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 athttp://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/IDNRHarvestQuery.aspx Paul Shelton, Manager Forest Wildlife Program

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

County20152016
Adams527598
Alexander6064
Bond170161
Boone6466
Brown365396
Bureau319311
Calhoun325278
Carroll301334
Cass264271
Champaign152163
Christian216231
Clark274330
Clay206249
Clinton144161
Coles264250
Cook5036
Crawford323356
Cumberland165193
DeKalb8586
DeWitt266239
Douglas7982
Dupage129
Edgar182161
Edwards9077
Effingham182221
Fayette291336
Ford2326
Franklin410392
Fulton757679
Gallatin11183
Greene282328
Grundy177140
Hamilton245265
Hancock327331
Hardin148155
Henderson119106
Henry236234
Iroquois170163
Jackson437414
Jasper196220
Jefferson589579
Jersey247232
JoDaviess584541
Johnson291274
Kane12794
Kankakee122149
Kendall9291
Knox474425
Lake15893
LaSalle370357
Lawrence178201
Lee223222
Livingston126111
Logan144137
Macon228211
Macoupin426440
Madison396386
Marion433404
Marshall164181
Mason153150
Massac92101
McDonough209254
McHenry275274
McLean243237
Menard173146
Mercer265213
Monroe142146
Montgomery310294
Morgan245269
Moultrie155131
Ogle388383
Peoria404414
Perry326353
Piatt6765
Pike984968
Pope280295
Pulaski8385
Putnam137127
Randolph449439
Richland129167
Rock Island363358
Saline193160
Sangamon326318
Schuyler392402
Scott9184
Shelby322332
St. Clair298266
Stark5868
Stephenson266278
Tazewell264238
Union334311
Vermilion407399
Wabash8480
Warren146119
Washington212196
Wayne343351
White180175
Whiteside245269
Will319340
Williamson452404
Winnebago247245
Woodford240252
Grand Total2567725479


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