The harvest rate for deer by Illinois deer hunters continues at lower levels than last year, and signs come of the building rut as the percentage of does in the harvest drops.

In other signs of the building rut is the photo above from Tim Walmsley of two bucks, who tangled in battle in Adams County and died.

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

ARCHERY DEER

Through Sunday, October 23, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of12,387 deer, compared to 14,773 for the same period in 2015.

Harvest  to date has consisted of 66% does and 34% males (8142; 4245).  Top five counties were Pike (396), Fulton (325), Jefferson (296), Adams (274), and JoDaviess (252).   A table of county results is attached.

Up-to-date archery harvest figures (for either deer or turkey) by county/state sites can be tracked on the web at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/IDNRHarvestQuery.aspx

Paul Shelton, Manager
Forest Wildlife Program

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

Preliminary archery deer harvest thru Oct. 23
County 2015 2016
Adams 256 274
Alexander 35 29
Bond 111 72
Boone 42 36
Brown 159 160
Bureau 178 147
Calhoun 148 124
Carroll 147 163
Cass 126 132
Champaign 96 103
Christian 155 118
Clark 159 150
Clay 129 132
Clinton 90 69
Coles 168 130
Cook 31 18
Crawford 206 166
Cumberland 99 92
DeKalb 52 38
DeWitt 172 132
Douglas 57 35
Dupage 7 1
Edgar 104 72
Edwards 54 34
Effingham 116 112
Fayette 180 173
Ford 15 13
Franklin 263 208
Fulton 404 325
Gallatin 62 29
Greene 148 134
Grundy 108 76
Hamilton 157 129
Hancock 148 147
Hardin 77 60
Henderson 61 40
Henry 126 108
Iroquois 112 79
Jackson 267 211
Jasper 120 113
Jefferson 419 296
Jersey 131 119
JoDaviess 297 252
Johnson 199 147
Kane 67 49
Kankakee 83 71
Kendall 59 44
Knox 271 206
Lake 73 43
LaSalle 226 186
Lawrence 105 93
Lee 126 104
Livingston 85 65
Logan 89 64
Macon 126 107
Macoupin 237 205
Madison 229 199
Marion 256 196
Marshall 89 79
Mason 93 66
Massac 52 48
McDonough 101 107
McHenry 133 146
McLean 152 123
Menard 87 58
Mercer 140 95
Monroe 92 68
Montgomery 196 156
Morgan 120 123
Moultrie 106 81
Ogle 221 196
Peoria 242 237
Perry 215 180
Piatt 41 29
Pike 439 396
Pope 143 104
Pulaski 52 48
Putnam 75 72
Randolph 261 236
Richland 89 71
Rock Island 198 174
Saline 138 72
Sangamon 177 164
Schuyler 175 158
Scott 46 36
Shelby 193 184
St. Clair 179 140
Stark 32 33
Stephenson 125 133
Tazewell 175 120
Union 232 169
Vermilion 278 219
Wabash 58 38
Warren 65 54
Washington 123 93
Wayne 219 179
White 116 82
Whiteside 125 133
Will 184 194
Williamson 304 223
Winnebago 110 109
Woodford 159 131
Grand Total 14773 12387