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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2009

2009 Illinois Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 99,419 Deer
Gun and bow hunting opportunities remain for deer hunters

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 99,419 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season on Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6.  The preliminary harvest total compares with 105,595 deer taken by hunters during the 2008 firearm season.

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 3-6) harvest total was 33,293, compared with the 33,701 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the season in 2008. This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 20-22) deer harvest was 66,126, compared with a first-season harvest of 71,894 in 2008.  The preliminary harvest totals include deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County.

“Harvest during the second season was nearly identical to last year,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  “We did experience a slow start during the first firearm season.  However, there are still plenty of hunting opportunities for hunters with Muzzleloader season and an expanded archery and Late-Winter firearm season.”

Preliminary reports show that Pike County once again topped the county deer harvest totals for the firearm season as hunters there took 3,265 deer.  Other top county harvest totals were Fulton (2,616), Adams (2,480), Jefferson (2,379), Jo Daviess (2,281), Randolph (2,256), and Jackson (2,153).

Hunters still have the opportunity to harvest deer in Illinois during remaining gun seasons and the rest of the 2009-2010 archery deer season.  The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season is this week (Dec. 11-13), while the expanded seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season are Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 and Jan. 15-17, 2010.  The statewide archery deer hunting season continues through Jan. 17, 2010.

Permits for both the Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons will be available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit agents beginning Dec. 15.
 
Permits for the Late-Winter season will be issued in two categories, based on deer management needs in individual counties.  In 11 select counties with a need for significant increases in deer harvest, hunters will be able to purchase Late-Winter permits without limit. In 59 other counties open for the Late-Winter season, hunters will be limited to purchasing one Late-Winter deer permit. As in years past, unfilled 2009 firearm, muzzleloader, youth, and landowner firearm permits will be valid for this season provided that they were issued for an open county, but only antlerless deer may be taken.

A list of counties that are open (and the permit limit for those counties) and closed for the Late-Winter season for 2009-2010 is available on the IDNR web site at this link: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/pdf/latewintercountieslist.pdf.

Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry, and Winnebago counties and that portion of Kane County west of Ill. Rt. 47 can participate in the seven-day Special CWD Deer Season on Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 and Jan. 15-17, 2010 to help control deer densities and the spread of chronic wasting disease. Special CWD season antlerless-only permits will be available beginning Dec. 15 over the counter for $5 each at participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors. In addition, hunters with unfilled 2009 firearm, muzzleloader, youth deer hunt, or archery deer permits valid for one of the open counties may use those permits to hunt during the CWD season.

Hunters using unfilled permits from the 2009 firearm, muzzleloader, youth, or archery season for the CWD hunt may take deer appropriate for that permit (antlerless-only or either-sex). There will be no manned check stations during CWD season this year.  Successful hunters should report their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer was taken by calling the toll-free telephone check-in system at 1-866-452-4325 (1-866-ILCHECK) or by accessing the online check-in system at www.dnr.state.il.us/vcheck.  Successful hunters are encouraged to have any adult deer tested for CWD by taking it to a cooperating meat processor.

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the first and second portions of the 2009 firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm harvest for 2009, and the comparable county harvest totals for 2008.

 
2009 First
2009 Second
2009
2008
County
Season
Season
Total
Total
Adams
1614
866
2480
2649
Alexander
328
232
560
502
Bond
566
277
843
913
Boone
102
53
155
157
Brown
938
540
1478
1475
Bureau
820
463
1283
1616
Calhoun
858
524
1382
1342
Carroll
698
329
1027
1128
Cass
494
233
727
755
Champaign
171
115
286
320
Christian
400
204
604
667
Clark
908
420
1328
1296
Clay
942
374
1316
1430
Clinton
581
227
808
873
Coles
502
201
703
744
Crawford
798
362
1160
1192
Cumberland
617
270
887
920
DeKalb
126
89
215
246
DeWitt
250
141
391
469
Douglas
130
58
188
204
Edgar
528
243
771
784
Edwards
366
144
510
514
Effingham
765
263
1028
1057
Fayette
1336
571
1907
2109
Ford
74
39
113
162
Franklin
779
425
1204
1204
Fulton
1725
891
2616
2688
Gallatin
421
219
640
617
Greene
873
511
1384
1483
Grundy
274
128
402
408
Hamilton
872
434
1306
1347
Hancock
1215
735
1950
2353
Hardin
747
312
1059
1103
Henderson
390
207
597
674
Henry
479
219
698
893
Iroquois
387
266
653
821
Jackson
1416
737
2153
2204
Jasper
837
408
1245
1289
Jefferson
1606
773
2379
2451
Jersey
585
353
938
1021
JoDaviess
1493
788
2281
2371
Johnson
1304
467
1771
1845
Kane
38
17
55
63
Kankakee
121
86
207
240
Kendall
59
38
97
96
Knox
866
564
1430
1618
Lake
9
1
10
21
LaSalle
756
388
1144
1381
Lawrence
457
212
669
609
Lee
436
233
669
696
Livingston
316
167
483
593
Logan
235
160
395
458
Macon
203
113
316
337
Macoupin
1200
536
1736
1846
Madison
638
301
939
922
Marion
1374
624
1998
2035
Marshall
548
213
761
834
Mason
443
200
643
680
Massac
425
232
657
628
McDonough
707
402
1109
1149
McHenry
215
162
377
372
McLean
450
222
672
728
Menard
310
137
447
430
Mercer
551
320
871
981
Monroe
792
295
1087
1102
Montgomery
841
350
1191
1231
Morgan
732
361
1093
1007
Moultrie
206
85
291
337
Ogle
645
463
1108
1182
Peoria
1012
501
1513
1648
Perry
899
446
1345
1385
Piatt
115
79
194
204
Pike
2012
1253
3265
3342
Pope
1275
494
1769
1828
Pulaski
471
253
724
818
Putnam
365
193
558
536
Randolph
1576
680
2256
2489
Richland
614
264
878
882
Rock Island
578
336
914
984
Saline
644
318
962
1025
Sangamon
541
289
830
886
Schuyler
1114
571
1685
1779
Scott
368
191
559
577
Shelby
996
446
1442
1435
St. Clair
656
266
922
984
Stark
186
120
306
361
Stephenson
547
389
936
1088
Tazewell
505
230
735
764
Union
1168
593
1761
1875
Vermilion
472
351
823
966
Wabash
211
99
310
311
Warren
388
222
610
738
Washington
839
333
1172
1180
Wayne
1247
641
1888
1987
White
692
351
1043
1040
Whiteside
501
270
771
830
Will
214
148
362
414
Williamson
1101
524
1625
1789
Winnebago
269
178
447
479
Woodford
662
271
933
1099
Total
66126
33293
99419
105595



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