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Waterfowl reports & bowhunting down: Illinois hunting

Some indiciation of a small push of waterfowl with the weather over the Halloween weekend. But that weather likely also impacted deer harvest by bowhunters in Illinois, which saw its first drop of the year from last year.

Probably of most important is the dramatic shift in the percentage of bucks being taken, a sign of rutting activity is underway.

First waterfowl reports from public sites in northeast Illinois.

At Heidecke Lake, nine boats reported 17 ducks on Saturday, then 11 boats had five geese and 19 ducks on Sunday.

Braidwood Lake had a fair weekend with 51 hunters taking 54 ducks and one goose; while the Mazonia lakes drew 63 hunters who only bagged 18 ducks.

William W. Powers State Recreation Area (Wolf Lake, above) on Chicago’s Southeast Side had a slow weekend with 42 hunters taking two geese, three mallards and six other ducks.

Here is the word on bowhunting for deer from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

ARCHERY DEER

Through Monday, November 2, 2015, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 22,632 deer, compared to 23,035 for the same period in 2014.

Harvest  to date has consisted of 61% does and 39% males (13804; 8828), while 31% percent of the harvest has been antlered bucks (6,959).  However during the past week, harvest sex ratios were 44% females:56% males, while antlered bucks comprised 48% of the harvest.   Top five counties are currently Pike (771), Fulton (662), Jefferson (552), JoDaviess (486), and Adams (430).   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:

County 2014 2015
Adams 478 430
Alexander 60 51
Bond 153 157
Boone 73 60
Brown 254 303
Bureau 285 277
Calhoun 214 254
Carroll 265 252
Cass 198 214
Champaign 151 136
Christian 205 203
Clark 279 246
Clay 211 188
Clinton 164 133
Coles 234 246
Cook 38 46
Crawford 273 293
Cumberland 118 149
DeKalb 76 76
DeWitt 226 245
Douglas 67 70
Dupage 9 11
Edgar 148 158
Edwards 69 84
Effingham 161 167
Fayette 251 264
Ford 21 21
Franklin 394 369
Fulton 677 662
Gallatin 93 91
Greene 222 248
Grundy 160 161
Hamilton 207 219
Hancock 229 274
Hardin 130 124
Henderson 96 103
Henry 217 213
Iroquois 161 157
Jackson 382 396
Jasper 193 179
Jefferson 552 552
Jersey 185 220
JoDaviess 533 486
Johnson 266 270
Kane 117 114
Kankakee 148 105
Kendall 82 83
Knox 436 409
Lake 150 124
LaSalle 343 325
Lawrence 158 159
Lee 240 208
Livingston 130 118
Logan 100 130
Macon 216 204
Macoupin 346 377
Madison 405 350
Marion 400 399
Marshall 152 145
Mason 133 137
Massac 94 76
McDonough 200 182
McHenry 246 245
McLean 251 220
Menard 138 148
Mercer 196 225
Monroe 162 132
Montgomery 263 280
Morgan 198 206
Moultrie 139 143
Ogle 342 340
Peoria 435 358
Perry 281 304
Piatt 86 61
Pike 819 771
Pope 260 233
Pulaski 79 74
Putnam 121 128
Randolph 400 407
Richland 114 120
Rock Island 339 319
Saline 180 179
Sangamon 277 269
Schuyler 302 317
Scott 83 76
Shelby 268 288
St. Clair 236 267
Stark 53 50
Stephenson 250 225
Tazewell 252 238
Union 333 303
Vermilion 363 375
Wabash 98 78
Warren 112 122
Washington 177 188
Wayne 315 316
White 192 165
Whiteside 249 208
Will 299 292
Williamson 448 428
Winnebago 218 212
Woodford 233 219
Total 23035 22632