Illinois deer hunting: Harvest by bowhunters surges ahead of 2019 rate

Illinois bowhunters are well ahead of the harvest pace at the same time in 2019; an extra weekend of hunting may have contributed.

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File photo of an Illinois deer head against the sky. Credit: Dale Bowman

File photo of an Illinois deer head against the sky.

Dale Bowman

There is a significant surge in harvest by bowhunters in Illinois, as compared to last year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources posits part of the reason to the quirk of the calendar with an extra weekend so far as compared to last year. I don’t think that explains the whole of nearly a 5,000 deer increase in harvest.

Here is the word from the IDNR:

ILLINOIS ARCHERY DEER SEASON UPDATE Through Sunday, November 8, 2020, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 39,659 deer, compared to 34,773 for the same period in 2019. Part of this increase is likely due to an extra weekend of archery deer hunting compared to last year. Harvest to date has consisted of 51% males and 49% females (20,104:19,555). Male harvest has increased in the past few weeks and rut is expected to peak this week. The top five counties for archery harvest were Pike (1,327), Fulton (978), Jefferson (932), Adams (790), and Jo Daviess (774).

County by county breakdown:

County 2019 2020

ADAMS  852 790

ALEXANDER  99 100

BOND  212 285

BOONE  79 120

BROWN  493 467

BUREAU  405 471

CALHOUN  426 530

CARROLL  399 418

CASS  360 404

CHAMPAIGN  179 206

CHRISTIAN  308 337

CLARK  423 483

CLAY  329 359

CLINTON  293 385

COLES  395 463

COOK  53 85

CRAWFORD  432 589

CUMBERLAND  273 325

DEKALB  106 118

DEWITT  267 356

DOUGLAS  96 129

DUPAGE  14 21

EDGAR  240 301

EDWARDS  118 141

EFFINGHAM  322 374

FAYETTE  543 639

FORD  26 35

FRANKLIN  576 648

FULTON  986 978

GALLATIN  126 136

GREENE  492 588

GRUNDY  187 194

HAMILTON  358 417

HANCOCK  494 605

HARDIN  183 180

HENDERSON  150 221

HENRY  294 335

IROQUOIS  214 273

JACKSON  561 652

JASPER  369 444

JEFFERSON  865 932

JERSEY  333 425

JODAVIESS  734 774

JOHNSON  319 377

KANE  145 181

KANKAKEE  156 179

KENDALL  103 130

KNOX  601 610

LAKE  150 152

LASALLE  392 492

LAWRENCE  271 289

LEE  269 309

LIVINGSTON  140 161

LOGAN  243 229

MACON  235 258

MACOUPIN  666 753

MADISON  494 665

MARION  582 620

MARSHALL  209 264

MASON  266 290

MASSAC  140 153

MCDONOUGH  355 357

MCHENRY  319 376

MCLEAN  311 351

MENARD  262 290

MERCER  315 372

MONROE  234 285

MONTGOMERY  452 523

MORGAN  387 386

MOULTRIE  206 239

OGLE  416 470

PEORIA  589 646

PERRY  468 535

PIATT  132 165

PIKE  1132 1327

POPE  385 436

PULASKI  110 135

PUTNAM  158 166

RANDOLPH  584 653

RICHLAND  225 255

ROCK ISLAND  405 393

SALINE  278 310

SANGAMON  470 552

SCHUYLER  630 618

SCOTT  153 188

SHELBY  526 576

ST CLAIR  374 486

STARK  84 81

STEPHENSON  346 355

TAZEWELL  371 464

UNION  398 444

VERMILION  468 652

WABASH  98 114

WARREN  149 184

WASHINGTON  285 349

WAYNE  481 510

WHITE  221 282

WHITESIDE  295 343

WILL  363 424

WILLIAMSON  625 739

WINNEBAGO  299 346

WOODFORD 369 437

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