The preliminary deer harvest report
for Illinois hunters in 2012-13, down slightly from last year, leads what is one of the last Illinois Hunting Reports for season.
Forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton sent this report on the preliminary harvest for all deer seasons:
Illinois 2012-13 Deer Harvest Totals 180,669
SPRINGFIELD, IL -Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 180,669 deer during all 2012-13 seasons. Illinois deer seasons closed last weekend as hunters concluded the Archery Deer Season and the last segments of the Late-Winter and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons on Jan. 20.
The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons of 180,669 compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 181,451 in 2011-12. During this year's deer seasons, hunters took 49 percent does and 51 percent males. Illinois' record deer harvest occurred in the 2005-06 season, when 201,209 deer were taken.
"We hope Illinois deer hunters had an enjoyable time afield this year, and took advantage of the many hunting opportunities afforded them," said Paul Shelton, IDNR's Forest Wildlife Program Manager. "In the coming months, deer biologists will be reviewing all available data and making any needed program changes in order to ensure the continued well-being of Illinois' deer herd for this and future generations."
The 2012-13 Illinois Archery Deer Season concluded on Jan. 20, and hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 59,728 deer during the archery season (Oct. 1, 2012-Jan. 20, 2013), compared with the archery deer harvest of 61,974 in the 2011-12 season.
The 2012-13 Late-Winter Antlerless Only and Special CWD deer seasons also concluded on Jan. 20, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 14,726 deer, compared with a harvest of 14,906 deer taken during those seasons last year. The seven-day split seasons for the Late-Winter and CWD hunts were Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013. Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kendall, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties and Kane County west of Ill. Rt. 47 participated in the CWD season, while another 56 counties were open for the Late-Winter season. The Special CWD season is used to assist in controlling the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd, while the Late-Winter season provides additional harvest opportunities as a deer population management tool.
Hunters took a preliminary total of 99,461 deer during the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season (Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2012), 3,630 deer during the 2012 Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season (Dec. 7-9, 2012), and 3,124 deer during the 2012 Illinois Youth Deer Season (Oct. 6-7, 2012).
TURKEYS: The deadline for the third lottery for spring turkey permits is Feb. 11. Click here to apply online.
CENTRAL ZONE WATERFOWL: Canada geese season runs through Thursday. Traditionally, Braidwood Lake becomes the epicenter of goose hunting in Illinois around this time in mid-winter, but not this year.. Maybe the freeze-up will kick it in at Braidwood for the final week.
SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFOWL: Canada geese season runs through Thursday.
SOUTH WATERFOWL: Canada geese season runs through Thursday.
AERIAL WATERFOWL SURVEYS: Click here to see the results of aerial waterfowl surveys.
OUTDOORS ACCESS FOR YOUTH TURKEY HUNTING: Here is the word from the IDNR:
Apply Now for Outdoors Access for Youth Turkey Hunting: The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) is now taking applications from young hunters for 2013 spring turkey hunting. Youth hunters will be assigned a hunt site in one of the 23 counties in which private property has been leased by IDNR. Most assigned hunting areas are at least 40 acres in size and all have been evaluated for turkey activity and the high possibility of a good hunting experience for the youth. Eligible youth hunters must be under the age of 16 at the time of the hunt and must have completed a hunter safety education course. Applicants can apply for two of the three turkey seasons for which IRAP has leased sites for the spring of 2013 - Youth Season, 3rd Season and 4th Season. For more information, go to www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/irap. Youth are encouraged not to miss out and apply early.
SQUIRREL: Season runs through Feb. 15.
TRAPPING: Click here for info on trapping of river otters, which runs through March 31, same as beaver trapping.
CROWS: Season runs through Feb. 28.