Warm weather last weekend lowered harvest during the youth hunt in Illinois, and likely accounted from the slowdown in bowhunting harvest so far.
Here's the latest from forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton Friday:
Current archery harvest stands at 10226, compared to 13287 (2009), 9677 (2008), and 8236 (2007). The season started out quite strong, but slowed with the warm weather conditions, particularly last weekend and on Columbus Day. Archery harvest sex ratios have been 70.5% female: 29.5% male. Top five counties are Pike (419), Fulton (268), Peoria (233), Jefferson (225), and Vermilion (224).
Youth deer season was very warm, with highs in the upper 80's throughout the state. Harvest was 1533, compared to 2409 (2009), 1039 (2008), 898 (2007) [Note: these are all the years in which the youth deer season has been open statewide to either-sex hunting]. Harvest sex ratios for the Youth season were 48.9% female; 51.1% male. Top six counties were Pike (86), Randolph (44), Fulton (42), Jefferson (32-tie), JoDaviess (32-tie), Wayne (32-tie).