Illinois deer harvest about the same as last year: Hints of the rut

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Provided by Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The percentage of bucks in the harvest is the biggest stat I looked at in this update on archery deer season in Illinois. As expected as rut nears, the percentage of bucks is moving up: 34 percent males in this total harvest vs the 31 percent last week.

Otherwise, harvest is about the same as last year.

Here is the word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife Resources:

ARCHERY DEER SEASON ThroughSunday, October 22, 2017, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of11,396deer, compared to11,335for the same period in 2016. Harvestto date hasconsisted of66% does and34% males (7494:3902). Top five counties were Jefferson (311),Pike(303),Fulton(290),Williamson(236), andFranklin (234). Up-to-date archery harvest figures (for either deer or turkey) by county/state sites can be tracked on the web athttp://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/IDNRHarvestQuery.aspx

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

County20162017
Adams260179
Alexander2533
Bond6274
Boone3023
Brown147122
Bureau136139
Calhoun11488
Carroll153141
Cass124101
Champaign9680
Christian109108
Clark133132
Clay11987
Clinton62109
Coles120151
Cook1724
Crawford153191
Cumberland77100
DeKalb3545
DeWitt122136
Douglas3148
Dupage17
Edgar6472
Edwards3248
Effingham9695
Fayette153161
Ford1215
Franklin189234
Fulton299290
Gallatin2441
Greene128137
Grundy7461
Hamilton121101
Hancock138127
Hardin5660
Henderson3631
Henry104109
Iroquois7181
Jackson197217
Jasper104103
Jefferson271311
Jersey10986
JoDaviess228184
Johnson130127
Kane4758
Kankakee6565
Kendall3937
Knox187188
Lake4049
LaSalle175141
Lawrence8187
Lee9299
Livingston5858
Logan5460
Macon96109
Macoupin186204
Madison190162
Marion175226
Marshall7463
Mason5867
Massac4642
McDonough10269
McHenry13490
McLean111135
Menard5476
Mercer89115
Monroe6278
Montgomery144128
Morgan110111
Moultrie7678
Ogle183137
Peoria223186
Perry158143
Piatt2747
Pike372303
Pope94127
Pulaski4225
Putnam6436
Randolph211217
Richland6384
Rock Island170157
Saline68107
Sangamon149165
Schuyler143152
Scott3227
Shelby168173
St. Clair130135
Stark2923
Stephenson115106
Tazewell110121
Union156139
Vermilion193206
Wabash3444
Warren5043
Washington85103
Wayne162190
White7655
Whiteside118122
Will178168
Williamson208236
Winnebago97105
Woodford120110
Total1133511396


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