Illinois trappers and hunters had double the permits for the second modern bobcat season in 2017-18 and harvest was more than twice the number of bobcats taken in the first modern season in 2016-17.

Pike County led all counties with 27.

Here is the word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Hunters and Trappers Harvested 318 Bobcats During 2017-18 Season

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters and trappers in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 318 bobcats during the 2017-18 Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  Permit holders salvaged another 40 roadkill bobcats during the season.

The 2017-18 Illinois bobcat season was open from Nov. 10, 2017 until Feb. 15, 2018, and 1,000 permits were issued to hunters and trappers for the season.

Bobcat hunting and trapping in Illinois resumed with a 2016-17 season in which 141 bobcats were harvested or salvaged by permit holders.

A change in state law that took effect for the 2017-18 season prohibited the taking of bobcats in 33 Illinois counties, and in portions of three additional counties.  The new law also allowed hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats for the 2017-18 season.  The harvest limit will be 375 bobcats for the 2018-19 season, which is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2018 through Feb. 15, 2019.  Hunters and trappers may apply for permits for the 2018-19 bobcat season online through the IDNR website in September.

The table below includes 2017-18 Illinois bobcat season preliminary harvest totals by open county.

Method of Take

County

Trap

Archery

Gun

Total Hunt/Trap

Salvage

Grand Total

ADAMS

3

0

4

7

3

10

ALEXANDER

2

0

1

3

0

3

BOND

1

0

1

2

0

2

BROWN

5

1

4

10

0

10

CALHOUN

3

0

3

6

1

7

CARROLL

4

1

1

6

0

6

CASS

5

0

1

6

0

6

CLARK

5

0

0

5

0

5

CLAY

0

0

6

6

0

6

CLINTON

6

0

1

7

2

9

CRAWFORD

2

0

1

3

1

4

CUMBERLAND

1

0

1

2

0

2

EDGAR

3

0

1

4

0

4

EDWARDS

0

0

1

1

0

1

EFFINGHAM

4

0

1

5

2

7

FAYETTE

11

0

7

18

0

18

FRANKLIN

0

2

3

5

0

5

FULTON

1

0

1

2

2

4

GALLATIN

1

0

0

1

1

2

GREENE

4

0

3

7

2

9

HAMILTON

0

1

1

2

1

3

HANCOCK

2

0

0

2

1

3

HARDIN

1

2

2

5

0

5

HENDERSON

1

0

0

1

0

1

JACKSON

0

3

6

9

4

13

JASPER

5

0

2

7

2

9

JEFFERSON

1

2

3

6

5

11

JERSEY

5

1

2

8

0

8

JODAVIESS

1

2

3

6

0

6

JOHNSON

1

2

1

4

0

4

LAWRENCE

1

0

0

1

0

1

MACOUPIN

0

0

4

4

0

4

MADISON

2

0

0

2

2

4

MARION

3

1

3

7

1

8

MASON

1

0

0

1

0

1

MASSAC

1

0

2

3

0

3

MCDONOUGH

1

0

1

2

0

2

MONROE

9

0

3

12

2

14

MONTGOMERY

2

1

2

5

1

6

MORGAN

4

1

5

10

0

10

PERRY

3

0

6

9

0

9

PIKE

15

4

6

25

2

27

POPE

0

0

2

2

1

3

PULASKI

0

0

4

4

0

4

RANDOLPH

6

0

9

15

1

16

RICHLAND

0

0

1

1

1

2

SALINE

0

1

3

4

0

4

SCHUYLER

3

0

5

8

0

8

SCOTT

1

0

0

1

0

1

SHELBY

3

0

2

5

0

5

ST CLAIR

5

1

0

6

2

8

TAZEWELL

1

1

0

2

0

2

UNION

3

0

3

6

0

6

WASHINGTON

1

2

2

5

0

5

WAYNE

9

0

4

13

0

13

WHITE

1

0

2

3

0

3

WHITESIDE

1

0

0

1

0

1

WILLIAMSON

5

0

0

5

0

5

Grand Total

159

29

130

318

40

358