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Illinois hunting: Bowhunting continues lag

The Illinois DNR sent updates for the youth deer season and bowhunting for deer; most noticeable is continued drop in harvest by bowhunters.

The youth hunt, despite being the first three-day, was down from last year, too.

Here is the word:

ARCHERY DEER

Through Monday, October 14, 2013, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 8,619 deer. Preliminary harvest through the same period last year was 11,154. Harvest to date consisted of 70% does and 30% males (6047; 2572). Top five counties were Pike (343), Fulton (237), Jefferson (229), Vermilion (205), and Adams (182). . . .

YOUTH DEER

The Youth Deer Season (October 12-14) concluded Monday with a preliminary reported harvest of 2,988 deer, compared to a preliminary reported total of 3,118 for that season last year. This year’s season was three days long; it was previously only two days. Harvest sex ratios consisted of 49% does and 51% males (1468; 1520). Top five counties were Pike (166), Randolph (88), Fulton (85), Adams (83), and Jefferson (79). . . .