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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2007

Illinois Deer Hunters harvest nearly 200,000 in 2006-07 according to preliminary data
Deer hunting concludes with Late-Winter, Special CWD Seasons

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2006-07 Illinois deer seasons have concluded with hunters taking a preliminary total of 197,287 deer.    

Hunters participating in the Late-Winter Antlerless-only Deer Season last weekend took 9,075 deer in the 67 counties open for the season.  The harvest during the Special CWD deer hunt in five northern Illinois counties totaled 625.  Both the Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons were conducted Jan. 12-14.

      Archery hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 65,170 deer during the 2006-07 archery deer season which began last Oct. 1 and concluded on Jan. 11.

      The updated preliminary harvest total for the Illinois Firearm Deer Season last fall (Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3) was 115,379, while hunters took 5,939 deer during the Illinois Muzzleloader-only Deer Season (Dec. 8-10).

     The preliminary harvest total from the Youth Firearm Deer Season last Oct. 7-8 was 1,099 deer.  

“We are pleased with our deer season harvest totals and want to thank hunters in Illinois for their support of our deer herd management and hunting programs,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  “The preliminary archery harvest total tells us hunters in Illinois last fall and early this winter enjoyed plenty of good deer hunting opportunity in all parts of the state.  Wet and icy weather in many parts of the state may have been factors during the Late-Winter season, but harvest still topped last year’s total.”

The preliminary archery harvest total for the 2006-07 season compares with a statewide archery deer harvest of 66,581 during the 2005-06 season.

The preliminary harvest for the Late-Winter season in 2006 was 5,128. 

During the 2006-07 archery season, the top five county harvest totals based on preliminary harvest data were Pike (4,248), Fulton (1,556), Jefferson (1,513), Adams (1,481) and Peoria (1,391).

The preliminary harvest results for the Late-Winter season show the following counties with the top harvest totals:  Pike (559), Jefferson (328), Randolph (287), Fulton (278) and Wayne (271).

Preliminary harvest totals by county for the Illinois archery deer season and the Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons can be found in the tables below.  (Please note that Ogle Co. was included in the Special CWD season this year after having been open during the Late-Winter deer season last year). 


Illinois Preliminary Archery Deer Harvest
  
County 2006 2005
Adams 1481 1341
Alexander 240 212
Bond 421 416
Boone 162 184
Brown 933 935
Bureau 828 848
Calhoun 1276 1151
Carroll 540 558
Cass 664 663
Champaign 452 473
Christian 483 459
Clark 764 758
Clay 667 690
Clinton 495 528
Coles 541 537
Cook 193 159
Crawford 708 751
Cumberland 337 364
DeKalb 240 274
DeWitt 575 592
Douglas 185 216
Dupage 64 74
Edgar 434 391
Edwards 193 223
Effingham 473 481
Fayette 853 856
Ford 49 75
Franklin 855 943
Fulton 1556 1557
Gallatin 307 331
Greene 872 882
Grundy 527 532
Hamilton 606 664
Hancock 934 881
Hardin 377 399
Henderson 244 271
Henry 535 509
Iroquois 431 425
Jackson 674 805
Jasper 601 681
Jefferson 1513 1541
Jersey 728 731
JoDaviess 810 743
Johnson 606 648
Kane 418 449
Kankakee 270 342
Kendall 212 224
Knox 870 881
Lake 493 466
LaSalle 1192 1237
Lawrence 477 518
Lee 493 545
Livingston 308 341
Logan 290 306
Macon 518 531
Macoupin 1036 1101
Madison 1194 1147
Marion 1178 1192
Marshall 340 368
Mason 470 488
Massac 338 402
McDonough 549 597
McHenry 633 617
McLean 525 585
Menard 370 374
Mercer 454 391
Monroe 337 383
Montgomery 711 775
Morgan 716 698
Moultrie 310 307
Ogle 768 761
Peoria 1391 1232
Perry 774 813
Piatt 295 321
Pike 4248 4054
Pope 796 922
Pulaski 280 297
Putnam 284 291
Randolph 948 964
Richland 468 553
Rock Island 665 625
Saline 519 511
Sangamon 857 868
Schuyler 881 822
Scott 334 334
Shelby 719 831
St. Clair 756 768
Stark 179 170
Stephenson 470 461
Tazewell 784 746
Union 748 770
Vermilion 945 1033
Wabash 254 288
Warren 302 363
Washington 561 579
Wayne 915 945
White 667 761
Whiteside 474 492
Will 894 922
Williamson 806 939
Winnebago 446 453
Woodford 613 675
Total 65170 66581


Illinois Preliminary Late-Winter Harvest
  
 Jan. 2007 Jan. 2006**
Adams 236 223
Bond 97 29
Brown 175 159
Bureau 203 85
Calhoun 172 127
Carroll 132 50
Cass 91 35
Clark 133 105
Clay 104 90
Clinton 36 28
Crawford 116 95
Cumberland 71 NOT OPEN
Edgar 42 NOT OPEN
Edwards 32 18
Effingham 49 NOT OPEN
Fayette 245 154
Franklin 100 56
Fulton 278 148
Greene 139 155
Hamilton 103 70
Hancock 202 130
Henderson 67 NOT OPEN
Henry 79 NOT OPEN
Jackson 202 79
Jasper 139 117
Jefferson 328 220
Jersey 106 47
JoDaviess 267 230
Johnson 103 62
Knox 148 90
LaSalle 183 75
Lawrence 73 51
Lee 97 NOT OPEN
Macoupin 194 126
Madison 87 40
Marion 191 121
Massac 71 NOT OPEN
McDonough 85 90
McLean 103 32
Menard 59 NOT OPEN
Mercer 79 NOT OPEN
Monroe 81 33
Montgomery 119 43
Morgan 113 89
Peoria 188 71
Perry 212 153
Pike 559 442
Randolph 287 170
Richland 94 85
Rock Island 100 NOT OPEN
Saline 89 NOT OPEN
Sangamon 89 NOT OPEN
Schuyler 183 151
Scott 28 35
Shelby 109 NOT OPEN
St. Clair 105 62
Stephenson 122 NOT OPEN
Tazewell 86 NOT OPEN
Union 166 65
Vermilion 84 NOT OPEN
Wabash 23 10
Warren 51 NOT OPEN
Washington 80 65
Wayne 271 245
White 177 123
Whiteside 98 51
Williamson 144 98
Total 9075 5128
  
** Jan. 2006 results do not include Ogle
    County (86), which was included in the
    Special CWD season for Jan. 2007.

Preliminary Results, Special CWD Season
  
County Jan. 2007 Jan. 2006
  
Boone 41 43
DeKalb 62 23
McHenry 133 46
Ogle** 289 81
Winnebago 100 93
  
Total 625 286
  
** Ogle County Jan. 2006 results are for the Late-
    Winter Season, not the Special CWD Season.



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