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A scene earlier in the deer season in Illinois.
Dale Bowman/Sun-Times

Really big weekend, Illinois bowhunters: Archery harvest stays ahead of 2017-18

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Depending whether you’re a bowhunter or gun hunter or both, the update on archery harvest of deer in Illinois is good news or something else.

Of particular note, more than 6,000 deer were harvested by bowhunters over the weekend. That is one signal of the rut being near peak. An even better signal of the rut is that males made up 66 percent of harvest for the seven days through Monday.

Interesting stats considering the first firearm season is early, coming Friday through Sunday.

On another note that fascinates me, crossbows have accounted for 39 percent of the archery harvest so far.

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

Here’s an update on the Illinois Archery Deer Season from the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources: ARCHERY DEER SEASON ThroughMonday, November 12, 2018, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of42,654deer, compared to41,345for the same period in 2017. Harvest for the last seven days was 15,255, with 3,040 deer taken on Saturday and 3,231 taken on Sunday. Harvestto date hasconsisted of47% does and53% males (20137:22517), but males comprised 66% of the harvest during the past seven days. Sixty percent of the harvest has been taken using compound bows; 39% by crossbows; and 1% by traditional bows (longbows and recurves). The top five counties for archery deer harvest through November 12 were Pike(1,498), Fulton (1,135), Adams (1,036), Jefferson (948), and JoDaviess (894). County results are included in the attached table.

Preliminary Illinois archery deer harvest through 11/12  
   
County20172018
Adams9461036
Alexander94132
Bond268305
Boone97107
Brown663711
Bureau508516
Calhoun482507
Carroll469455
Cass433465
Champaign265251
Christian348388
Clark551623
Clay359390
Clinton289351
Coles485501
Cook6470
Crawford641615
Cumberland326337
DeKalb120123
DeWitt351364
Douglas133133
Dupage2312
Edgar294325
Edwards142138
Effingham322345
Fayette563662
Ford3636
Franklin662673
Fulton12061135
Gallatin162147
Greene592590
Grundy221240
Hamilton403419
Hancock601635
Hardin258274
Henderson175179
Henry351376
Iroquois236262
Jackson751732
Jasper382468
Jefferson922948
Jersey361401
JoDaviess843894
Johnson418445
Kane201198
Kankakee187229
Kendall121106
Knox674689
Lake190194
LaSalle509565
Lawrence327295
Lee305322
Livingston170177
Logan210228
Macon327287
Macoupin798763
Madison561627
Marion658634
Marshall234256
Mason253262
Massac170176
McDonough390429
McHenry366389
McLean369381
Menard285287
Mercer399396
Monroe293285
Montgomery439531
Morgan429427
Moultrie239241
Ogle468489
Peoria671618
Perry526549
Piatt119120
Pike15281498
Pope560606
Pulaski137123
Putnam156179
Randolph730752
Richland289270
Rock Island559529
Saline327342
Sangamon546620
Schuyler774746
Scott196167
Shelby556621
St. Clair442463
Stark90100
Stephenson390375
Tazewell389455
Union488532
Vermilion582619
Wabash141120
Warren207210
Washington363359
Wayne614503
White300251
Whiteside364365
Will451516
Williamson720713
Winnebago360365
Woodford382389
Total4134542654


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