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Illinois deer harvest lowest in recent years: Drops to 144,150

Illinois deer hunters checked or reported the lowest harvest during the 2016-17 seasons since the peak in 2005.
Credit: Dale Bowman

Illinois deer harvest in all 2016-17 seasons dropped to the lowest since the harvest peak in 2005. And you can’t blame the weather.

All seasons harvest for the 2016-17 seasons was 144,150 deer, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday. That was down seven percent from 155,229 in 2015-16. Peak harvest came in 2005 with 201,209.

Harvest in firearms seasons dropped to 79,429 from 86,847 deer; archery to 53,479 from 56,767; late-winter antlerless and special CWD seasons to 4,686 from 6,362.

Only harvest by youth hunters (3,259 vs 2,850) and muzzleloader (3,297 vs 2,403) increased.

Here is the breakdown from the IDNR:

Hunters in Illinois Harvested a Preliminary Total of 144,150 Deer

During 2016-17 Seasons

Deer hunting wrapped up on Jan. 15

SPRINGFIELD, IL. Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 144,150 deer during all 2016-17 seasons, which concluded Jan. 15. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 155,229 in 2015-16.

During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 44 percent does and 56 percent males.

A breakdown of Illinois deer hunting seasons is as follows:

Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 53,479 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1, 2016 and concluded on Jan. 15, 2017. That compares with the harvest of 56,767 during the 2015-16 archery season.

Youth: Young deer hunters harvested 3,259 deer during the 2016 Illinois Youth Deer Season conducted on Oct. 8-10, 2016, compared with 2,850 deer harvested during the 2015 youth hunt.

Traditional Firearm Season: Hunters took a preliminary total of 79,429 deer during the 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4, 2016, compared with 86,847 deer taken during the 2015 firearm season.

Muzzleloader: Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 3,297 deer during the 2016 Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 9-11, 2016, compared with 2,403 in 2015.

Late-Winter Seasons: The 2016-17 Late-Winter Antlerless Only and Special CWD deer seasons concluded on Jan. 15, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 4,686 deer, compared with a harvest of 6,362 deer taken during those seasons in 2015-16. Season dates for the Late-Winter and CWD seasons were Dec. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13-15, 2017.

There were 14 northern Illinois counties open to the Special CWD Season in 2016-17, the same counties that were open for the 2015-16 seasons. The Special CWD season is used to assist in slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd.

There were 24 counties open for the Late-Winter Antlerless Season in 2016-17. Four counties open previously for the late-winter season were closed for 2016-17 because they had reached deer population goals, while one county was added to the late-winter hunt. Counties that are at or below their individual goal for two consecutive years may be removed from the late-winter season.

The tables below provide a county-by-county summary of preliminary deer harvest results for 2016-17 and harvest results for 2015-16.

The county-by-county summary:

2016-2017 Preliminary Deer Harvest

County

Archery

Youth

Firearm

Muzzleloader

LW/CWD

Total

Adams

1202

89

2358

105

3754

Alexander

166

12

421

28

627

Bond

328

28

571

14

941

Boone

117

1

121

2

37

278

Brown

821

59

967

57

231

2135

Bureau

634

29

998

64

1725

Calhoun

634

53

792

46

1525

Carroll

541

26

747

26

103

1443

Cass

530

21

683

27

1261

Champaign

295

15

228

15

553

Christian

425

42

608

26

1101

Clark

756

43

998

51

156

2004

Clay

518

37

1089

31

79

1754

Clinton

315

15

626

7

963

Coles

527

17

549

19

1112

Cook

108

108

Crawford

779

30

950

27

96

1882

Cumberland

363

32

708

24

1127

DeKalb

177

6

139

2

29

353

DeWitt

429

17

335

15

796

Douglas

133

6

138

7

284

Dupage

35

35

Edgar

370

27

566

19

86

1068

Edwards

209

18

412

17

656

Effingham

422

39

806

26

1293

Fayette

654

63

1501

43

2261

Ford

43

5

124

4

176

Franklin

966

51

1265

60

2342

Fulton

1492

86

2010

92

334

4014

Gallatin

254

19

468

22

763

Greene

652

51

1055

40

1798

Grundy

295

6

300

13

72

686

Hamilton

632

37

1166

39

145

2019

Hancock

720

50

1638

76

2484

Hardin

397

16

889

44

1346

Henderson

254

11

521

25

72

883

Henry

431

17

592

20

1060

Iroquois

351

11

516

32

910

Jackson

998

98

2243

68

3407

Jasper

483

48

969

29

1529

Jefferson

1231

93

1875

84

3283

Jersey

460

34

669

16

1179

JoDaviess

972

74

1862

84

500

3492

Johnson

631

39

1639

45

2354

Kane

264

30

1

7

302

Kankakee

282

10

204

13

54

563

Kendall

163

6

101

5

25

300

Knox

857

37

1196

52

162

2304

Lake

273

5

278

LaSalle

689

25

753

34

149

1650

Lawrence

476

11

583

37

1107

Lee

410

20

510

33

71

1044

Livingston

191

14

423

16

36

680

Logan

247

25

357

19

648

Macon

411

17

251

25

704

Macoupin

853

68

1400

49

2370

Madison

729

26

622

33

46

1456

Marion

869

67

1452

51

138

2577

Marshall

333

27

552

26

938

Mason

312

19

438

15

784

Massac

338

12

587

23

960

McDonough

501

28

848

37

99

1513

McHenry

528

7

294

10

99

938

McLean

460

20

516

25

69

1090

Menard

319

12

368

31

730

Mercer

415

33

866

31

145

1490

Monroe

345

31

921

22

99

1418

Montgomery

574

47

769

19

1409

Morgan

512

29

774

22

1337

Moultrie

253

23

201

9

486

Ogle

690

29

791

41

240

1791

Peoria

805

39

961

37

1842

Perry

807

48

1210

40

261

2366

Piatt

129

7

111

6

253

Pike

2063

129

2109

158

4459

Pope

828

34

1429

48

2339

Pulaski

219

20

414

18

671

Putnam

236

14

335

19

48

652

Randolph

1006

130

2287

88

3511

Richland

384

32

723

29

1168

Rock Island

653

27

782

39

100

1601

Saline

457

41

898

37

1433

Sangamon

675

28

586

40

1329

Schuyler

850

79

1293

50

213

2485

Scott

201

16

384

12

613

Shelby

648

34

1085

36

93

1896

Stark

110

4

194

9

317

St. Clair

530

32

661

13

1236

Stephenson

474

14

853

17

160

1518

Tazewell

478

25

515

14

1032

Union

750

61

1557

63

2431

Vermilion

745

25

581

46

97

1494

Wabash

206

21

209

19

455

Warren

247

12

558

29

846

Washington

463

40

948

35

1486

Wayne

835

67

1574

46

2522

White

508

42

831

37

169

1587

Whiteside

481

18

574

31

1104

Will

728

5

244

31

60

1068

Williamson

985

59

1681

45

2770

Winnebago

459

10

324

13

106

912

Woodford

475

32

594

22

1123

Total

53479

3259

79429

3297

4686

144150

2015-2016 Preliminary Deer Harvest

County

Archery

Youth

Firearm

Muzzleloader

LW/CWD

Total

Adams

1207

90

2398

67

3762

Alexander

224

11

554

12

801

Bond

349

15

677

12

1053

Boone

147

3

127

2

36

315

Brown

756

51

1089

47

317

2260

Bureau

627

22

1129

46

1824

Calhoun

740

43

956

44

1783

Carroll

564

18

782

31

136

1531

Cass

605

23

759

20

1407

Champaign

306

12

217

11

546

Christian

465

19

612

16

1112

Clark

704

31

1070

47

174

2026

Clay

491

40

1096

26

130

1783

Clinton

340

22

616

10

988

Coles

533

15

564

21

1133

Cook

131

131

Crawford

796

34

964

22

165

1981

Cumberland

391

17

724

17

1149

DeKalb

149

2

127

4

34

316

DeWitt

487

17

389

17

910

Douglas

158

4

151

3

316

DuPage

37

37

Edgar

406

23

637

13

75

1154

Edwards

234

13

462

13

63

785

Effingham

411

29

872

15

1327

Fayette

641

52

1661

35

2389

Ford

49

3

136

4

192

Franklin

1050

58

1350

35

2493

Fulton

1622

70

2166

61

459

4378

Gallatin

347

29

518

15

909

Greene

661

32

1187

26

1906

Grundy

343

4

360

8

96

811

Hamilton

591

46

1181

28

186

2032

Hancock

692

49

1816

79

2636

Hardin

438

26

1000

33

1497

Henderson

282

10

560

11

115

978

Henry

464

18

748

18

1248

Iroquois

383

15

557

23

978

Jackson

1083

76

2368

48

3575

Jasper

496

44

944

37

1521

Jefferson

1264

91

2114

56

3525

Jersey

488

27

663

13

1191

JoDaviess

1083

48

2133

46

522

3832

Johnson

670

61

1736

42

2509

Kane

324

30

24

378

Kankakee

275

5

195

9

62

546

Kendall

194

4

85

4

31

318

Knox

948

34

1332

31

190

2535

Lake

461

4

465

LaSalle

722

19

844

12

189

1786

Lawrence

486

14

655

16

1171

Lee

449

16

623

17

79

1184

Livingston

244

13

427

12

54

750

Logan

272

29

427

15

743

Macon

469

14

262

16

761

Macoupin

917

55

1545

45

2562

Madison

857

34

736

8

82

1717

Marion

897

70

1552

32

185

2736

Marshall

338

19

611

6

64

1038

Mason

344

19

491

12

866

Massac

369

14

671

24

1078

McDonough

448

24

836

28

149

1485

McHenry

599

2

321

11

106

1039

McLean

462

17

607

21

62

1169

Menard

334

7

398

13

752

Mercer

519

24

900

25

137

1605

Monroe

312

22

958

11

70

1373

Montgomery

602

52

924

20

1598

Morgan

508

34

792

17

1351

Moultrie

312

13

218

8

551

Ogle

740

28

937

19

237

1961

Peoria

875

28

1106

30

2039

Perry

804

48

1345

50

2247

Piatt

124

4

98

5

231

Pike

2144

130

2213

117

473

5077

Pope

829

38

1626

43

2536

Pulaski

218

16

534

25

793

Putnam

266

5

399

5

73

748

Randolph

972

106

2339

53

3470

Richland

384

23

750

13

1170

Rock Island

715

19

818

23

143

1718

Saline

527

24

953

20

183

1707

Sangamon

726

25

726

33

1510

Schuyler

857

49

1416

48

344

2714

Scott

212

8

448

11

679

Shelby

675

34

1161

26

113

2009

Stark

110

5

226

9

350

St. Clair

605

29

755

17

1406

Stephenson

490

8

826

11

218

1553

Tazewell

561

18

555

11

1145

Union

793

56

1952

62

2863

Vermilion

821

32

649

23

120

1645

Wabash

211

11

250

7

479

Warren

279

8

604

18

909

Washington

479

27

1001

19

1526

Wayne

888

62

1608

46

2604

White

588

28

852

29

250

1747

Whiteside

477

13

729

14

1233

Will

754

9

321

16

81

1181

Williamson

1095

50

1955

27

3127

Winnebago

485

9

382

10

135

1021

Woodford

496

33

699

16

1244

Total

56767

2850

86847

2403

6362

155229