Hunters Prepare For Second Firearm Deer Season in Illinois December 4-7

Hunters in Illinois Harvest 71,894 Deer During First Weekend of Firearm Deer Season

Hunters Prepare For Second Firearm Deer Season in Illinois December 4-7 SPRINGFIELD , IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 71,894 deer during the opening weekend of the 2008 Illinois Firearm Deer season, Nov. 21-23, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Acting Director Sam Flood announced today.  The second portion of the firearm season will be Dec. 4-7.  

The preliminary total for the first three days of the 2008 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 85,490 deer during the 2007 deer season.  The top county harvest total was in Pike with 2,194 deer, followed by Adams (1,900), Fulton (1,878), Randolph (1,770), and Jefferson (1,650).  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.

“Deer hunters in Illinois once again provided a good deer harvest for the first weekend of the firearm season,” said Flood.  “We offer some of the best deer hunting opportunity in the world here in Illinois , and the firearm deer season continues to be our most popular hunting season.” 

Illinois has issued approximately 350,000 firearm deer hunting permits for the 2008 season.  Most hunters register their deer harvest online through the IDNR web site or by phoning 1-866-ILCHECK (1-866-452-4325) by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest.  Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties take their deer to county check stations where IDNR conducts sampling for chronic wasting disease.

Hunters Prepare For Second Firearm Deer Season in Illinois December 4-7 “The weather was unseasonably cold to start the season on Friday, but it appears many hunters were in the field enjoying some success on that day and throughout the first weekend of the firearm deer season,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  “Most corn had been harvested, although 10 to 12 percent remained in the fields in the northern part of the state.  

“The good news for managers and for deer hunters with permits remaining for the second season is that most of the decline in harvest was a drop in buck harvest,” Shelton added.  “This means that our doe harvest was fairly comparable to last year and that there are plenty of both bucks and does still out there for second season hunters.” 

Approximately 59 percent of the deer taken this past weekend were bucks, compared with 62 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2007.   

The Illinois firearm deer season concludes Dec. 4-7.  The muzzleloader-only deer season is Dec. 12-14.  The Late-Winter Antlerless-only firearm deer season and the Special CWD deer season are Jan. 16-18, 2009.  The state’s 2008-09 archery deer season continues through Jan. 15 (except closed in firearm counties during the second firearm season Dec. 4-7).   

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2007.

County

2007

2008

Adams

2140

1900

Alexander

339

335

Bond

877

632

Boone

133

90

Brown

1135

996

Bureau

1205

1030

Calhoun

1036

889

Carroll

921

740

Cass

665

510

Champaign

272

195

Christian

574

466

Clark

1122

896

Clay

1177

998

Clinton

808

635

Coles

621

550

Crawford

950

831

Cumberland

693

654

DeKalb

213

136

DeWitt

320

303

Douglas

212

156

Edgar

608

555

Edwards

434

354

Effingham

923

795

Fayette

1684

1480

Ford

123

115

Franklin

979

827

Fulton

2003

1878

Gallatin

451

402

Greene

1209

989

Grundy

354

269

Hamilton

1036

901

Hancock

1698

1553

Hardin

907

780

Henderson

586

432

Henry

742

561

Iroquois

548

548

Jackson

1824

1612

Jasper

1049

915

Jefferson

1997

1650

Jersey

790

670

JoDaviess

2055

1518

Johnson

1435

1385

Kane

48

43

Kankakee

191

157

Kendall

67

53

Knox

1244

1048

Lake

25

19

LaSalle

1127

957

Lawrence

497

420

Lee

577

446

Livingston

498

392

Logan

401

298

Macon

252

217

Macoupin

1677

1228

Madison

995

648

Marion

1677

1404

Marshall

696

607

Mason

489

484

Massac

471

369

McDonough

902

759

McHenry

360

216

McLean

541

490

Menard

392

288

Mercer

828

632

Monroe

910

863

Montgomery

1149

861

Morgan

899

674

Moultrie

251

224

Ogle

1035

730

Peoria

1317

1133

Perry

1161

964

Piatt

184

134

Pike

2610

2194

Pope

1473

1301

Pulaski

547

533

Putnam

454

361

Randolph

1890

1770

Richland

745

635

Rock Island

806

610

Saline

734

726

Sangamon

743

598

Schuyler

1346

1166

Scott

508

374

Shelby

1193

1025

St. Clair

868

724

Stark

258

216

Stephenson

837

643

Tazewell

625

527

Union

1551

1323

Vermilion

719

648

Wabash

252

218

Warren

554

481

Washington

1083

864

Wayne

1446

1316

White

808

699

Whiteside

806

542

Will

287

267

Williamson

1391

1176

Winnebago

410

315

Woodford

837

753

Total

85490

71894


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