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Illinois deer hunting: Firearm harvest drops

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I'm surprised, maybe it was the snowy weather second season, but deer harvest dropped slightly from 2009 during Illinois 2010 firearm seasons, from 99,419 deer to 98,700.

Hunters in Illinois Harvest 98,700 Deer During Firearm Season

Deer hunting continues with archery and upcoming gun seasons

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 98,700 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today. A total of 99,419 deer were taken during the 2009 firearm season.

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 2-5) harvest total was 30,663, compared with the 33,293 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the season in 2009. This year's preliminary first-season (Nov. 19-22) deer harvest was 68,037, compared with a first-season harvest of 66,126 in 2009. The preliminary harvest totals include deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as at Chain O'Lakes State Park in Lake County.

"Harvest results for this year's firearm deer seasons were remarkably similar to last year," said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton. "Fifty-one counties saw increases in harvest, while 49 counties declined. Management efforts aimed at controlling deer herds while maintaining recreational opportunities are paying off."

Preliminary reports show that Pike County once again topped the county deer harvest totals for the firearm season as hunters took 3,130 deer. Other top county harvest totals were Fulton (2,495), Adams (2,468), Jo Daviess (2,285) and Randolph (2,192).

Deer hunters in Illinois still have opportunities to take to the field in the coming weeks. The archery deer season continues through Jan. 16, 2011. The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season is this week (Dec. 10-12), while the seven-day split late-winter firearm antlerless-only deer season and special CWD deer season are Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011.

Permits for both late-winter and special CWD seasons will be available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit agents beginning Dec. 14.

Permits for the late-winter season will be issued in two categories based on deer management needs in individual counties. For 12 select counties with a need for significant increases in deer harvest, hunters will be able to purchase late-winter permits without limit. In 58 other counties open for the late-winter season, hunters will be limited to purchasing one late-winter deer permit. There are 27 counties closed for the late-winter season.

As in years past, unfilled 2010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth and landowner firearm permits will be valid for the late-winter season provided that they were issued for an open county, but only antlerless deer may be taken. For more information, please visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/ResidentLateWinterAntlerlessDeerHunting.aspx.
Successful hunters should report their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer was taken by calling 1-866-452-4325 (1-866-ILCHECK) or by accessing the online check-in system at www.dnr.state.il.us/vcheck.

Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and Winnebago Counties and a portion of Kane County west of IL Rt. 47 can participate in the seven-day special CWD deer season on Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011 to help control deer densities and the spread of chronic wasting disease. Special CWD season antlerless-only permits will be available beginning Dec. 14 over the counter for $5.50 each at participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors. In addition, hunters with unfilled 2010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth firearm deer season 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 20010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth or archery season for the CWD hunt may take deer appropriate for that permit (antlerless-only or either-sex). There will be no manned check stations during CWD season. As in the late-winter season, harvest must be reported via telephone or online. Successful hunters are encouraged to have any adult deer tested for CWD by taking it to a cooperating meat processor.

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the first and second portions of the 2010 firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm harvest for 2010 and county harvest totals for 2009.


2010 First 2010 Second 2010 2009
County Season Season Total Total
Adams 1741 727 2468 2480
Alexander 296 214 510 560
Bond 535 220 755 843
Boone 90 44 134 155
Brown 892 416 1308 1478
Bureau 1024 394 1418 1283
Calhoun 668 433 1101 1382
Carroll 756 270 1026 1027
Cass 458 224 682 727
Champaign 219 98 317 286
Christian 459 190 649 604
Clark 940 389 1329 1328
Clay 947 419 1366 1316
Clinton 588 204 792 808
Coles 560 214 774 703
Crawford 819 360 1179 1160
Cumberland 641 243 884 887
DeKalb 157 67 224 215
DeWitt 283 128 411 391
Douglas 131 67 198 188
Edgar 565 251 816 771
Edwards 325 163 488 510
Effingham 774 255 1029 1028
Fayette 1264 492 1756 1907
Ford 101 28 129 113
Franklin 820 401 1221 1204
Fulton 1721 774 2495 2616
Gallatin 402 210 612 640
Greene 986 453 1439 1384
Grundy 300 160 460 402
Hamilton 812 384 1196 1306
Hancock 1291 668 1959 1950
Hardin 696 307 1003 1059
Henderson 449 175 624 597
Henry 545 249 794 698
Iroquois 502 229 731 653
Jackson 1502 677 2179 2153
Jasper 861 356 1217 1245
Jefferson 1475 709 2184 2379
Jersey 625 315 940 938
JoDaviess 1640 645 2285 2281
Johnson 1202 502 1704 1771
Kane 37 23 60 55
Kankakee 151 81 232 207
Kendall 53 43 96 97
Knox 1021 532 1553 1430
Lake 5 0 5 10
LaSalle 878 389 1267 1144
Lawrence 399 192 591 669
Lee 531 202 733 669
Livingston 454 187 641 483
Logan 285 153 438 395
Macon 200 130 330 316
Macoupin 1192 541 1733 1736
Madison 651 237 888 939
Marion 1276 553 1829 1998
Marshall 569 205 774 761
Mason 439 161 600 643
Massac 402 282 684 657
McDonough 738 351 1089 1109
McHenry 191 101 292 377
McLean 550 229 779 672
Menard 334 133 467 447
Mercer 674 301 975 871
Monroe 722 273 995 1087
Montgomery 820 308 1128 1191
Morgan 626 303 929 1093
Moultrie 232 106 338 291
Ogle 742 343 1085 1108
Peoria 1074 484 1558 1513
Perry 823 417 1240 1345
Piatt 127 74 201 194
Pike 1957 1173 3130 3265
Pope 1294 418 1712 1769
Pulaski 466 292 758 724
Putnam 355 141 496 558
Randolph 1520 672 2192 2256
Richland 545 265 810 878
Rock Island 591 305 896 914
Saline 720 346 1066 962
Sangamon 569 269 838 830
Schuyler 1130 526 1656 1685
Scott 377 211 588 559
Shelby 1012 399 1411 1442
St. Clair 662 240 902 922
Stark 261 100 361 306
Stephenson 789 303 1092 936
Tazewell 514 198 712 735
Union 1162 518 1680 1761
Vermilion 609 268 877 823
Wabash 194 119 313 310
Warren 429 214 643 610
Washington 799 353 1152 1172
Wayne 1210 594 1804 1888
White 662 360 1022 1043
Whiteside 627 222 849 771
Will 208 149 357 362
Williamson 1110 554 1664 1625
Winnebago 307 120 427 447
Woodford 700 276 976 933
Total 68037 30663 98700 99419

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SNOW WOULD MAKE DEER HUNTING MUCH BETTER AND EASIER, YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE NEVER HUNTED! THE REASON FOR THE WORSENING DEER HARVEST IS THE BUFFALO GNATS AND NOTHING THAT THE IDNR IS DOING. DEER POPULATIONS HAVE PLUMMETED OVER 90% SINCE THE PEAK OF 2006. TURKEYS ARE FAR WORSE OFF DUE TO THE BUFFALO GNAT INFESTATION THAT HIT CALHOUN COUNTY IN 2007. WHERE ONCE FLOCKS OF HUNDREADS OF TURKEYS COULD BE SEEN THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, YOUR LUCKY TO SEE 6 BIRDS IN A FLOCK! I SAW ONE DURING THE FIRST DEER SEASON AND NONE IN THE SECOND! WE NEED ONE DEER SEASON THAT STARTS THE WEEKEND BEFORE THANKSGIVING AND RUNS THROUGH THE SUNDAY FOLLOWING THANKSGIVING AND THE SAME AT CHRISTMAS. DEER TRAVEL AND IT TAKES 5-10 DAYS FOR THEM TO RAVEL THEIR RANGE. I SAW 1 DEER @ 120 YARDS THROUGH BRUSH ON THE FRIDAY OF THE SECOND SEASON 5" BEFORE SUNSET. IT WAS THE ONLY DEER THAT I SAW IN BOH SEASONS AND I PASSED ON THE SHOT. I'VE YET TO FIRE A SHOT! THESE LAST TWO YEARS I'VE SEEN 6 DEER AND ONLY1 HAS BEEN IN RANGE! THIS IS LIKE HUNTING IN THE MID 1980'S AGAIN. IN A WORD THIS SUCKS! THESE CAPTCHA AND URL REQUIREMENTS ADD NOTHING OF VALUE AND ONLY ADD INCONVEINIANCE, GET RID OF THEM!

too many land owners leasing property to out of state hunters and big city hunters. The little towns around the good deer herds love the money but it doesnt help the deer herd! Get back to famialy and freind hunts instead of money hunts!

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