Illinois deer hunting update: Archery harvest stays up, 1st late-winter/CWD down

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Provided by Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Well, I was wondering just how much the brutal weather would impact the first late-winter antlerless-only/CWD deer seasons in Illinois. Think I got my answer and it is about what I expected.

Also, as I expected, deer harvest by bowhunters continues well ahead of the pace of the 2016-17 season.

Here’s the word and update from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Here’s an update on the 2017-18 Illinois Archery Deer Season and the 2017-18 Illinois Late Winter Antlerless-Only and Special CWD deer seasons from the Illinois DNR. LATE WINTER/SPECIAL CWD DEER SEASON During the first 4-day segment of the Late Winter and Special CWD Deer Seasons (Dec. 28-31),Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of1,714 deer, compared to2,654 in those same countiesin 2016. This year, 15 counties were open to the Special CWD Season, and 22 counties were open to Late Winter Deer Hunting. Top five counties wereJoDaviess (156), Perry (143), Fulton (134), Brown (94), and Schuyler (88). The Late Winter and Special CWD seasons will conclude onJan. 12-14. ARCHERY DEER SEASON ThroughTuesday, January 2, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of55,724deer, compared to51,381for the same period in 2016. Total harvestto date hasconsisted of45% does and55% males (25107:30617). During the past 7 days, harvest sex ratios have been 58% female and 42% male. Top five counties werePike(1959),Fulton(1563), Jefferson (1316),Adams (1223),andWilliamson(1105). The archery season remains open throughJan. 14. County resultsfor each of the seasonsare included in the attached tables [below]. 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 [Editorial note: The link above provides updated harvest data, but does not have comparison to the same time in the previous season.]

Here is the county-by-county breakdown on the archery season update:

County20162017
Adams11641223
Alexander150171
Bond324336
Boone113124
Brown798827
Bureau612637
Calhoun592638
Carroll530538
Cass516562
Champaign285341
Christian407458
Clark746786
Clay507506
Clinton312382
Coles502630
Cook100108
Crawford760870
Cumberland347442
DeKalb171144
DeWitt411460
Douglas133179
Dupage2835
Edgar360401
Edwards201216
Effingham405412
Fayette640728
Ford4249
Franklin914945
Fulton14331563
Gallatin239260
Greene610765
Grundy278296
Hamilton613639
Hancock695752
Hardin372425
Henderson245247
Henry418455
Iroquois335329
Jackson9471081
Jasper479552
Jefferson11901316
Jersey451465
JoDaviess952993
Johnson600653
Kane235279
Kankakee273249
Kendall161164
Knox831877
Lake248310
LaSalle675635
Lawrence455470
Lee391373
Livingston183207
Logan238281
Macon389444
Macoupin8311006
Madison695773
Marion848963
Marshall330297
Mason294357
Massac311311
McDonough489526
McHenry489486
McLean436484
Menard311368
Mercer405496
Monroe334392
Montgomery567618
Morgan494554
Moultrie244342
Ogle675567
Peoria786847
Perry777780
Piatt121165
Pike19411959
Pope789797
Pulaski212220
Putnam230203
Randolph9591045
Richland372413
Rock Island625679
Saline425515
Sangamon638737
Schuyler824984
Scott194229
Shelby622721
St. Clair499592
Stark107110
Stephenson463465
Tazewell451511
Union718739
Vermilion722765
Wabash188199
Warren238256
Washington447498
Wayne797878
White484501
Whiteside470448
Will676650
Williamson9401105
Winnebago446438
Woodford461507
Total5138155724

Below is the county-by-county breakdown of the late-winter/CWD season:
County20162017
Boone2115
Brown13494
Carroll4752
Clay5949
Crawford6854
DeKalb1815
Edgar5221
Fulton196134
Grundy4535
Hamilton9361
Henderson3817
JoDaviess289156
Kane55
Kankakee2821
Kendall1711
Knox9363
LaSalle8860
Lee4017
Livingston2117
Madison2915
Marion9661
McDonough6442
McHenry5315
McLean4126
Mercer9029
Monroe6236
Ogle13477
Perry139143
Putnam3016
Rock Island6039
Schuyler12388
Shelby5429
Stephenson8960
Vermilion5728
White9258
Will3028
Winnebago5927
Total26541714


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