Illinois deer hunters are picking up the slack for the firearm hunters.
Through Wednesday, Illinois bowhunters reported 57,565, a little over 1,000 behind the record pace of 2005, when 58,908 were killed by this point.
The other interesting note is the sex ration is near 50-50.
The update from forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton is below:
[Through December 10,] this year's harvest stands at 57,565, slightly ahead of 2006 (57,273) and 2007 (55,743) totals, and slightly behind 2005's record setting pace (58,908).
Top five counties are Pike (3337), followed by Fulton (1624), Adams (1281), Jefferson (1267), and Peoria (1186).
Harvest sex ratios since the close of the first firearm deer season have been running almost 50:50, and the overal harvest sex ratios for the entire season to date are 49% does:51% bucks.
Daily harvest rates have dropped significantly since the second firearm deer season, and have not exceeded 150 deer.
Paul Shelton, Manager
Forest Wildlife Program