Hunters in Illinois harvest 98,700 deer during firearm season
hunting continues with archery and upcoming gun seasons
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[December 09, 2010]
-- 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
announced. A total of 99,419 deer were taken during the 2009 firearm
The preliminary second-season harvest total was 30,663 for Dec. 2-5,
compared with the 33,293 deer taken by hunters during the second
segment of the season in 2009. This year's preliminary first-season
deer harvest was 68,037 for Nov. 19-22, 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
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 with 2,495;
Adams, 2,468; Jo Daviess, 2,285; and Randolph, 2,192. Logan County
Deer hunters in Illinois still have opportunities to take to the
field in the coming weeks. The archery deer season continues through
Jan. 16. The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season is
this weekend, Dec. 10-12, while the seven-day split late-winter
firearm antlerless-only deer season and special deer season related
to chronic wasting disease are Dec. 30-Jan. 2 and Jan. 14-16.
Permits for both late-winter and special CWD seasons will be
available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit
agents beginning Tuesday.
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.
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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.
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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
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