Illinois hunting: Bowhunters on rut bucks

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Illinois bowhunters are slightly ahead of the harvest pace for deer from this time last year.

Otherwise, the obvious signs of the rut are there.

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

ARCHERY DEER ThroughSunday, November 8, 2015, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of31,205deer, compared to31,043for the same period in 2014. Harvestto date hasconsisted of53% does and47% males (16,677:14,528), while 39% percent of the harvest has been antlered bucks (12,021). In the last seven days, harvest sex ratios were 34% females:66% males, while antlered bucks comprised 59% of the harvest. Top five countiesare currentlyPike (1199),Fulton (929), JoDaviess (727),Jefferson (692),and Adams (671).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:

County20142015
Adams693671
Alexander8076
Bond204213
Boone9380
Brown395443
Bureau380386
Calhoun327394
Carroll359377
Cass296320
Champaign194178
Christian271245
Clark385350
Clay279253
Clinton224183
Coles313310
Cook5256
Crawford389408
Cumberland163203
DeKalb92101
DeWitt277302
Douglas91103
Dupage1515
Edgar212223
Edwards94106
Effingham214226
Fayette335363
Ford2430
Franklin509499
Fulton907929
Gallatin128133
Greene341350
Grundy207209
Hamilton306303
Hancock351399
Hardin193175
Henderson129144
Henry269286
Iroquois207204
Jackson515528
Jasper252251
Jefferson720692
Jersey249305
JoDaviess727727
Johnson369339
Kane155146
Kankakee189142
Kendall104108
Knox594580
Lake205192
LaSalle467447
Lawrence225215
Lee295270
Livingston156152
Logan132177
Macon288260
Macoupin482544
Madison500469
Marion509519
Marshall205199
Mason174181
Massac151121
McDonough261274
McHenry321335
McLean307285
Menard174206
Mercer265349
Monroe215178
Montgomery333366
Morgan258298
Moultrie178180
Ogle434465
Peoria546497
Perry359382
Piatt9987
Pike12541199
Pope439351
Pulaski108104
Putnam159163
Randolph523544
Richland158163
Rock Island449442
Saline238247
Sangamon387374
Schuyler451477
Scott115116
Shelby381393
St. Clair297340
Stark6570
Stephenson318328
Tazewell325315
Union447401
Vermilion484490
Wabash125103
Warren164177
Washington240267
Wayne402416
White270228
Whiteside316296
Will388374
Williamson551529
Winnebago290291
Woodford288295
Total3104331205


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