Illinois deer harvest up: Both in youth season and early archery

Harvest by Illinois deer hunters is up for the youth season and the early weeks of archery season.

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File photo of a mounted deer head against the sky. 

File photo of a mounted deer head against the sky.

Dale Bowman

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 ThroughMonday, Oct. 14, 2019, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of10,167deer, compared to7,349for the same period in 2018. Harvestto date hasconsisted of69% does and31% males (6965:3202). The top five counties for archery harvest wereJefferson (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).

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