The 61 percent male whitetails harvested by Illinois bowhunters over the weekend confirmers what deer hunters already know, the rut is on.
Illinois bowhunters are nearly on last year's pace for harvesting deer. I suspect the wind on Sunday probably kept harvest down slightly for bowhunters, fast becoming one of the top pursuits in Illinois outdoors.
Here's the word from forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton:
Through November 6, Illinois archers have harvested 33,039 deer, compared to 33,459 during the same period last year. Top five counties to date are Pike (1591), Fulton (1000), Adams (720), Peoria (704), and Jefferson (702).
Hunters took 4,840 deer during the November 5-6 weekend, the highest two-day total since opening weekend. Conditions were best on Saturday, as significant winds blew throughout most the day Sunday.
Cumulative composition of the harvest to date has been 58% female: 42% male, but harvest during the past weekend was 61% male.