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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2009

First Weekend Preliminary Firearm Deer Season Harvest In Illinois Totals 66,126
Hunters will resume firearm deer season Dec. 3-6

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reports that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 66,126 deer during the opening weekend of the 2009 Illinois Firearm Deer season, Nov. 20-22.  The second portion of the firearm season will be Dec. 3-6.

The preliminary total for the first three days of the 2009 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 71,894 deer during the 2008 deer season.  The top county harvest total last weekend was in Pike with 2,012 deer, followed by Fulton (1,725), Adams (1,614), Jefferson (1,606), and Randolph (1,576).  For the entire seven-day firearm season in 2008, hunters harvested 106,018 deer.  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 land.

“Standing corn was a significant factor affecting hunter success for the first weekend of firearm deer hunting this year,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  “The wet weather this fall has delayed corn harvest in many locations, and that makes it tougher for hunters to find deer.  Only 60% of corn had been harvested statewide during the gun season, while the 5-year average is 98% harvested at that time.  The good news is that there is still a lot of deer hunting left, so loads of opportunities remain for Illinois hunters.”

The IDNR has issued more than 360,000 firearm deer hunting permits for the 2009 season.  Most hunters register their deer harvest online through the IDNR web site 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 IDNR registers the deer and conducts sampling for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Sixty percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks, compared with 59 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2008. 

The Illinois firearm deer season concludes Dec. 3-6.  The muzzleloader-only deer season is Dec. 11-13.  The expanded, split Late-Winter Antlerless-only Firearm and the Special CWD deer seasons (both in select counties only) are Dec. 31-Jan. 3, 2010 and Jan. 15-17, 2010.  The state’s 2009-2010 Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 17 (except closed in firearm counties during the second firearm season Dec. 3-6). 

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2008.

Preliminary First-Season Illinois Firearm Deer Harvest
(Nov. 20-22, 2009 compared with Nov. 21-23, 2008)

 

County
2009
2008
Adams
1614
1900
Alexander
328
335
Bond
566
632
Boone
102
90
Brown
938
996
Bureau
820
1030
Calhoun
858
889
Carroll
698
740
Cass
494
510
Champaign
171
195
Christian
400
466
Clark
908
896
Clay
942
998
Clinton
581
635
Coles
502
550
Crawford
798
831
Cumberland
617
654
DeKalb
126
136
DeWitt
250
303
Douglas
130
156
Edgar
528
555
Edwards
366
354
Effingham
765
795
Fayette
1336
1480
Ford
74
115
Franklin
779
827
Fulton
1725
1878
Gallatin
421
402
Greene
873
989
Grundy
274
269
Hamilton
872
901
Hancock
1215
1553
Hardin
747
780
Henderson
390
432
Henry
479
561
Iroquois
387
548
Jackson
1416
1612
Jasper
837
915
Jefferson
1606
1650
Jersey
585
670
JoDaviess
1493
1518
Johnson
1304
1385
Kane
38
43
Kankakee
121
157
Kendall
59
53
Knox
866
1048
Lake
9
19
LaSalle
756
957
Lawrence
457
420
Lee
436
446
Livingston
316
392
Logan
235
298
Macon
203
217
Macoupin
1200
1228
Madison
638
648
Marion
1374
1404
Marshall
548
607
Mason
443
484
Massac
425
369
McDonough
707
759
McHenry
215
216
McLean
450
490
Menard
310
288
Mercer
551
632
Monroe
792
863
Montgomery
841
861
Morgan
732
674
Moultrie
206
224
Ogle
645
730
Peoria
1012
1133
Perry
899
964
Piatt
115
134
Pike
2012
2194
Pope
1275
1301
Pulaski
471
533
Putnam
365
361
Randolph
1576
1770
Richland
614
635
Rock Island
578
610
Saline
644
726
Sangamon
541
598
Schuyler
1114
1166
Scott
368
374
Shelby
996
1025
St. Clair
656
724
Stark
186
216
Stephenson
547
643
Tazewell
505
527
Union
1168
1323
Vermilion
472
648
Wabash
211
218
Warren
388
481
Washington
839
864
Wayne
1247
1316
White
692
699
Whiteside
501
542
Will
214
267
Williamson
1101
1176
Winnebago
269
315
Woodford
662
753
Total
66126
71894

 


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