Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 144,150 Deer
during 2016-17 seasons
Deer hunting wrapped up on Jan. 15
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[January 26, 2017]
SPRINGFIELD - Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary
total of 144,150 deer during all 2016-17 seasons, which concluded
Jan. 15. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares
with a total harvest for all seasons of 155,229 in 2015-16.
During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 44 percent does
and 56 percent males.
A breakdown of Illinois deer hunting seasons is as follows:
Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary
total of 53,479 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1,
2016 and concluded on Jan. 15, 2017. That compares with the
harvest of 56,767 during the 2015-16 archery season.
Youth: Young deer hunters harvested 3,259 deer during the 2016
Illinois Youth Deer Season conducted on Oct. 8-10, 2016,
compared with 2,850 deer harvested during the 2015 youth hunt.
Traditional Firearm Season: Hunters took a preliminary total of
79,429 deer during the 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov.
18-20 and Dec. 1-4, 2016, compared with 86,847 deer taken during
the 2015 firearm season.
Muzzleloader: Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 3,297
deer during the 2016 Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 9-11,
2016, compared with 2,403 in 2015.
Late-Winter Seasons: The 2016-17 Late-Winter Antlerless Only and
Special CWD deer seasons concluded on Jan. 15, with a combined
preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 4,686 deer,
compared with a harvest of 6,362 deer taken during those seasons
in 2015-16. Season dates for the Late-Winter and CWD seasons
were Dec. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13-15, 2017.
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There were 14 northern Illinois counties open to the Special CWD
Season in 2016-17, the same counties that were open for the
2015-16 seasons. The Special CWD season is used to assist in
slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois
There were 24 counties open for the Late-Winter Antlerless Season in 2016-17.
Four counties open previously for the late-winter season were closed for 2016-17
because they had reached deer population goals, while one county was added to
the late-winter hunt. Counties that are at or below their individual goal for
two consecutive years may be removed from the late-winter season.
The tables below provide a county-by-county summary of preliminary deer harvest
results for 2016-17 and harvest results for 2015-16.
[Illinois Department of Natural