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Illinois' first firearm deer season down (photo added)

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Illinois deer hunters reported a preliminary total of 71,894 deer harvested in the first firearm season, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23.

That compares to 85,490 deer taken during the first season in 2007. Second season is Dec. 4-7.

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But there were some monster bucks taken, such as this one by Donny Krull in Randolph County on Sunday. It is expected to net more than 200 inches.

Complete breakdown of the preliminary results from the IDNR is below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2008

HUNTERS IN ILLINOIS HARVEST 71,894 DEER DURING
FIRST WEEKEND OF FIREARM DEER SEASON

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.

"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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