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Stunningly, Illinois firearm deer harvest tops 100,000

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I have a hard time believing that Illinois deer hunters topped both 30,000 deer for the second firearm season that ended Sunday and 100,000 for both firearm seasons.

But the official word this morning is hunters in Illinois harvested ``a preliminary total of 105,595 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-7.''

The preliminary second-season harvest was 33,701, despite very tough weather conditions all four days. That total compares with the 31,218 in second season 2007.

Full release is below.

Hunters in Illinois Harvest 105,595 Deer During Seven Day Firearm Season

Hunters prepare for three day muzzleloader-only
season this week

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Hunters in Illinois harvested a
preliminary total of 105,595 deer during the
seven-day firearm deer hunting season Nov. 21-23 and
Dec. 4-7.

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 4-7) harvest
total was 33,701, compared with the 31,218 deer taken
by hunters during the second season in 2007. This
year's preliminary first-season (Nov. 21-23) deer
harvest was 71,894, compared with a first-season
harvest of 85,490 in 2007. The preliminary harvest
total includes deer taken in all 99 counties in which
firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as Chain
O'Lakes State Park in Lake County.

Preliminary reports show that Pike County once again
topped the county deer harvest totals for the firearm
season as hunters there took 3,342 deer. Other top
county harvest totals were Fulton (2,688), Adams
(2,649), Randolph (2,489), and Jefferson (2,451).

"A number of factors may have impacted our deer
harvest this year, including the cold, wintry weather
during both the first and second portions of the
firearm season, the amount of standing corn in parts
of northern Illinois, and even the slightly later
timing of the seasons," said IDNR Forest Wildlife
Program manager Paul Shelton. "In addition, our
effort to reduce deer numbers may be paying off in
some areas."

The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season
is this week, Dec. 12-14, while the Late-Winter
Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD
Deer Season are Jan. 16-18, 2009. Permits were
issued previously for these seasons. The statewide
archery deer hunting season continues through Jan.
15, 2009.

Deer hunters with unfilled deer permits from the
firearm season, muzzleloader season or youth season
may use those permits during the Late-Winter Firearm
Antlerless-only Deer Season if the permits are for
one of the counties open for the Late-Winter season.
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Counties that will be open for the Late-Winter season
are: Adams, Bond, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll,
Cass, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles,
Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham,
Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton,
Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jasper,
Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Knox,
LaSalle, Lawrence, Lee, Logan, Macoupin, Madison,
Marion, Marshall, Massac, McDonough, McLean, Menard,
Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria,
Perry, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island,
Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair,
Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion,
Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside,
Williamson, and Woodford.

Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry, and Winnebago
counties and that portion of Kane County west of Ill.
Rt. 47 can participate in the Special Chronic Wasting
Disease (CWD) Deer Season Jan. 16-18, 2009 to help
control deer densities and the spread of chronic
wasting disease. Antlerless-only permits for the CWD
season are scheduled to be available over-the-counter
beginning Dec. 15 for $5 each at participating DNR
Direct license and permit vendors in those counties.
In addition, hunters with unfilled 2008 firearm,
muzzleloader, youth deer hunt, or archery deer
permits valid for one of the open counties may use
those permits to hunt during the CWD season. Hunters
using unfilled permits from the 2008 firearm,
muzzleloader, youth, or archery season during the CWD
hunt may take deer appropriate for that permit
(antlerless-only or either-sex). Check stations will
be manned during the CWD season in the open counties:

• Boone Co. - Boone County Fairgrounds, Rt. 76 and
Business Rt. 20, Belvidere
• DeKalb Co. and Kane Co. (west of Ill. Rt. 47) -
Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd.,
Shabbona
• McHenry Co. - McHenry Dam Day Use Area, Moraine
Hills State Park, east of McHenry on River Road, 2.2
miles south of Route 120
• Winnebago Co. - Rock Cut State Park, 6425 Hart Road
(one mile east of Perryville Rd. on Hart Rd.), Loves
Park

Successful hunters in the Special CWD Deer Season
counties will be required to bring their deer to a
check station prior to 8 p.m. on the day of harvest.
Hunters who submit samples for CWD testing will be
offered a free either-sex permit valid for the
remainder of the season.

The table below includes preliminary county harvest
totals for the first and second portions of the 2008
firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm
harvest for 2008, and the comparable county harvest
totals for 2007.

2008 2008
First Second 2008 2007
County Season Season Total Total
Adams 1900 749 2649 2791
Alexander 335 167 502 485
Bond 632 281 913 1165
Boone 90 67 157 182
Brown 996 479 1475 1610
Bureau 1030 586 1616 1637
Calhoun 889 453 1342 1532
Carroll 740 388 1128 1178
Cass 510 245 755 907
Champaign 195 125 320 388
Christian 466 201 667 741
Clark 896 400 1296 1503
Clay 998 432 1430 1637
Clinton 635 238 873 1051
Coles 550 194 744 829
Crawford 831 361 1192 1297
Cumberland 654 266 920 945
DeKalb 136 110 246 308
DeWitt 303 166 469 443
Douglas 156 48 204 266
Edgar 555 229 784 833
Edwards 354 160 514 570
Effingham 795 262 1057 1180
Fayette 1480 629 2109 2286
Ford 115 47 162 153
Franklin 827 377 1204 1373
Fulton 1878 810 2688 2671
Gallatin 402 215 617 678
Greene 989 494 1483 1697
Grundy 269 139 408 518
Hamilton 901 446 1347 1505
Hancock 1553 800 2353 2358
Hardin 780 323 1103 1213
Henderson 432 242 674 762
Henry 561 332 893 960
Iroquois 548 273 821 822
Jackson 1612 592 2204 2523
Jasper 915 374 1289 1390
Jefferson 1650 801 2451 2805
Jersey 670 351 1021 1070
JoDaviess 1518 853 2371 2662
Johnson 1385 460 1845 1887
Kane 43 20 63 71
Kankakee 157 83 240 271
Kendall 53 43 96 117
Knox 1048 570 1618 1662
Lake 19 2 21 27
LaSalle 957 424 1381 1544
Lawrence 420 189 609 736
Lee 446 250 696 755
Livingston 392 201 593 641
Logan 298 160 458 520
Macon 217 120 337 352
Macoupin 1228 618 1846 2279
Madison 648 274 922 1273
Marion 1404 631 2035 2295
Marshall 607 227 834 888
Mason 484 196 680 681
Massac 369 259 628 722
McDonough 759 390 1149 1215
McHenry 216 156 372 539
McLean 490 238 728 774
Menard 288 142 430 539
Mercer 632 349 981 1080
Monroe 863 239 1102 1201
Montgomery 861 370 1231 1484
Morgan 674 333 1007 1226
Moultrie 224 113 337 364
Ogle 730 452 1182 1390
Peoria 1133 515 1648 1730
Perry 964 421 1385 1614
Piatt 134 70 204 242
Pike 2194 1148 3342 3732
Pope 1301 527 1828 2143
Pulaski 533 285 818 787
Putnam 361 175 536 602
Randolph 1770 719 2489 2598
Richland 635 247 882 1014
Rock Island 610 374 984 1029
Saline 726 299 1025 1090
Sangamon 598 288 886 975
Schuyler 1166 613 1779 1906
Scott 374 203 577 681
Shelby 1025 410 1435 1596
St. Clair 724 260 984 1144
Stark 216 145 361 344
Stephenson 643 445 1088 1198
Tazewell 527 237 764 824
Union 1323 552 1875 2115
Vermilion 648 318 966 1005
Wabash 218 93 311 352
Warren 481 257 738 721
Washington 864 316 1180 1415
Wayne 1316 671 1987 2086
White 699 341 1040 1228
Whiteside 542 288 830 1014
Will 267 147 414 435
Williamson 1176 613 1789 1973
Winnebago 315 164 479 542
Woodford 753 346 1099 1116
Total 71894 33701 105595 116708

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