Illinois firearm deer season
Hunters 71,894, deer 0
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[November 26, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- Hunters in
Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 71,894 deer during the
opening weekend of the 2008 Illinois firearm deer season, Nov.
21-23, according to Sam Flood, acting director of the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources. The second portion of the firearm
season will be Dec. 4-7.
The preliminary total for the first three days of the 2008
firearm season compares with the first-weekend harvest of 85,490
deer during the 2007 deer season. The top county harvest total was
in Pike with 2,194 deer, followed by Adams with 1,900, Fulton with
1,878, Randolph with 1,770 and Jefferson with 1,650. The preliminary
first-season figures reported for each county include those deer
taken on special hunt areas within that county as well as on private
"Deer hunters in Illinois once again provided a good deer harvest
for the first weekend of the firearm season," said Flood. "We offer
some of the best deer hunting opportunity in the world here in
Illinois, and the firearm deer season continues to be our most
popular hunting season."
Illinois has issued approximately 350,000
firearm deer hunting permits for the 2008 season. Most hunters
register their deer harvest online through
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/harvest.htm or by phoning
1-866-ILCHECK (1-866-452-4325) by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest.
Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle,
Stephenson and Winnebago counties take their deer to county check
stations, where the Department of Natural Resources conducts
sampling for chronic wasting disease.
"The weather was unseasonably cold to start the season on Friday,
but it appears many hunters were in the field enjoying some success
on that day and throughout the first weekend of the firearm deer
season," said Paul Shelton, forest wildlife program manager for the
Department of Natural Resources. "Most corn had been harvested,
although 10-12 percent remained in the fields in the northern part
of the state.
"The good news for managers and for deer hunters with permits
remaining for the second season is that most of the decline in
harvest was a drop in buck harvest," Shelton added. "This means that
our doe harvest was fairly comparable to last year and that there
are plenty of both bucks and does still out there for second-season
Approximately 59 percent of the deer taken this past weekend were
bucks, compared with 62 percent bucks taken during the first weekend
of the firearm season in 2007.
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In Logan County, 298 deer were tagged, compared with 401 in the
first weekend of the season last year.
The Illinois firearm deer season concludes Dec. 4-7. The
muzzleloader-only deer season is Dec. 12-14. The late-winter,
antlerless-only firearm deer season and the special CWD deer season
are Jan. 16-18, 2009. The state's 2008-09 archery deer season
continues through Jan. 15 (except closed in firearm counties during
the second firearm season, Dec. 4-7).
Department of Natural Resources file received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]