Harvest is up significantly for Illinois’s three-day youth season, which ended Monday, and in the early weeks of bowhunting.
Here is the word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:
Here is an update from the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources on preliminary deer harvest for the Illinois Archery Deer Season for the period October 1-14, 2019, and the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Season (October 12-14, 2019). ARCHERY DEER SEASON Through Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 10,167 deer, compared to 7,349 for the same period in 2018. Harvest to date has consisted of 69% does and 31% males (6965:3202). The top five counties for archery harvest were Jefferson (290), Fulton (280), Pike (264), Macoupin (224), and Adams (217). YOUTH DEER SEASON Youth deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 3,775 deer during the 3-day Youth Deer Season (October 12-14, 2019), compared to 1,659 in 2018. Harvest sex ratios were 54% male to 46% female (2026:1749).