Illinois hunters harvest 144,150 deer in ’16-17 seasons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — 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, according to a release by the State of Illinois.

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.

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 deer herd.

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.

A county-by-county summary:

2016-2017 Preliminary Deer Harvest

County

Archery

Youth

Firearm

Muzzleloader

LW/CWD

Total

Adams

1202

89

2358

105

3754

Alexander

166

12

421

28

627

Bond

328

28

571

14

941

Boone

117

1

121

2

37

278

Brown

821

59

967

57

231

2135

Bureau

634

29

998

64

1725

Calhoun

634

53

792

46

1525

Carroll

541

26

747

26

103

1443

Cass

530

21

683

27

1261

Champaign

295

15

228

15

553

Christian

425

42

608

26

1101

Clark

756

43

998

51

156

2004

Clay

518

37

1089

31

79

1754

Clinton

315

15

626

7

963

Coles

527

17

549

19

1112

Cook

108

108

Crawford

779

30

950

27

96

1882

Cumberland

363

32

708

24

1127

DeKalb

177

6

139

2

29

353

DeWitt

429

17

335

15

796

Douglas

133

6

138

7

284

Dupage

35

35

Edgar

370

27

566

19

86

1068

Edwards

209

18

412

17

656

Effingham

422

39

806

26

1293

Fayette

654

63

1501

43

2261

Ford

43

5

124

4

176

Franklin

966

51

1265

60

2342

Fulton

1492

86

2010

92

334

4014

Gallatin

254

19

468

22

763

Greene

652

51

1055

40

1798

Grundy

295

6

300

13

72

686

Hamilton

632

37

1166

39

145

2019

Hancock

720

50

1638

76

2484

Hardin

397

16

889

44

1346

Henderson

254

11

521

25

72

883

Henry

431

17

592

20

1060

Iroquois

351

11

516

32

910

Jackson

998

98

2243

68

3407

Jasper

483

48

969

29

1529

Jefferson

1231

93

1875

84

3283

Jersey

460

34

669

16

1179

JoDaviess

972

74

1862

84

500

3492

Johnson

631

39

1639

45

2354

Kane

264

30

1

7

302

Kankakee

282

10

204

13

54

563

Kendall

163

6

101

5

25

300

Knox

857

37

1196

52

162

2304

Lake

273

5

278

LaSalle

689

25

753

34

149

1650

Lawrence

476

11

583

37

1107

Lee

410

20

510

33

71

1044

Livingston

191

14

423

16

36

680

Logan

247

25

357

19

648

Macon

411

17

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