Illinois Firearm Deer First-Season Harvest Totals Over 72,000 Deer

Increase of more than 5,000 over last year’s first weekend

SPRINGFIELD, IL—(ENEWSPF)—November 21, 2012. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today reported that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 72,111 deer during the opening weekend of the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season, Nov. 16-18.  The second portion of the firearm season will be Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The preliminary harvest total of 72,111 for the first three days of the 2012 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 66,501 deer during the 2011 deer season.  The top county harvest total last weekend was in Pike with 2,108 deer, followed by Fulton (2,048), Adams (1,938), Jo Daviess (1,877) and Randolph (1,665).  For the entire seven-day firearm season in 2011, hunters harvested 98,820 deer.  The preliminary first-season figures reported for each county include those deer taken on special hunt areas within that county as well as on private land.

“Hunters enjoyed near perfect conditions during our first firearm weekend,” said Paul Shelton, IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “Temperatures were cool, winds were calm, crops were out of the fields, and rutting activity was ongoing.  We hope hunters enjoyed their time in the field.”

Approximately 60 percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks, compared with 61 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2011. 

The IDNR has issued more than 334,000 firearm deer hunting permits so far for the 2012 season.  For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at this link:  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer. Remaining firearm deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include the second segment of the firearm season on Nov. 29-Dec. 2, the three-day Muzzleloader-only Deer Season on Dec. 7-9, and the seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season on Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20,2013.  Hunters are reminded that 10 fewer counties will be open for the Late-Winter season in 2012-13 (see map):
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/LateWinterDeerSeasonMap.pdf.

For more information on Illinois deer hunting regulations, check the IDNR web site at this link:
www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the 2012 firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2011.

COUNTY

2011

2012

Adams 

1,784

1,938

Alexander 

326

304

Bond 

551

545

Boone 

95

96

Brown 

846

992

Bureau 

905

1,014

Calhoun 

713

668

Carroll 

708

835

Cass 

445

580

Champaign 

195

239

Christian 

510

472

Clark 

871

951

Clay 

938

909

Clinton 

583

580

Coles 

530

502

Crawford 

749

831

Cumberland 

663

701

DeKalb 

131

143

DeWitt 

288

299

Douglas 

176

145

Edgar 

513

605

Edwards 

248

314

Effingham 

745

728

Fayette 

1,322

1,284

Ford 

85

96

Franklin 

852

907

Fulton 

1,775

2,048

Gallatin 

365

331

Greene 

917

991

Grundy 

298

322

Hamilton 

748

841

Hancock 

1,412

1,515

Hardin 

780

790

Henderson 

423

485

Henry 

532

592

Iroquois 

481

549

Jackson 

1,476

1,621

Jasper 

819

852

Jefferson 

1,496

1,540

Jersey 

554

677

Jo Daviess 

1,664

1,877

Johnson 

1,267

1,309

Kane 

28

36

Kankakee 

147

170

Kendall 

55

56

Knox 

1,022

1,146

Lake 

6

9

LaSalle 

812

887

Lawrence 

351

432

Lee 

509

565

Livingston 

394

468

Logan 

305

358

Macon 

227

229

Macoupin 

1,184

1,366

Madison 

606

686

Marion 

1,218

1,319

Marshall 

561

597

Mason 

443

438

Massac 

390

463

McDonough 

698

736

McHenry 

214

287

McLean 

483

602

Menard 

272

345

Mercer 

671

755

Monroe 

661

794

Montgomery 

834

773

Morgan 

650

658

Moultrie 

227

226

Ogle 

740

796

Peoria 

1,051

1,093

Perry 

822

956

Piatt 

125

135

Pike 

1,917

2,108

Pope 

1,360

1,212

Pulaski 

433

439

Putnam 

324

389

Randolph 

1,406

1,665

Richland 

524

532

Rock Island 

538

690

Saline 

688

690

Sangamon 

524

644

Schuyler 

1,120

1,225

Scott 

357

352

Shelby 

1,002

940

St. Clair 

651

691

Stark 

206

247

Stephenson 

687

797

Tazewell 

488

619

Union 

1,163

1,319

Vermilion 

628

627

Wabash 

171

216

Warren 

435

559

Washington 

754

803

Wayne 

1,238

1,188

White 

606

602

Whiteside 

512

648

Will 

225

260

Williamson 

1,103

1,145

Winnebago 

306

379

Woodford 

550

726

Total 

66,501

721,111

Source: Illinois.gov