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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2010

Hunters in Illinois Take Preliminary Total of 68,037 Deer During Opening Weekend of Firearm Season
Firearm deer season resumes Dec. 2-5

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reports that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 68,037 deer during the opening weekend of the 2010 Illinois firearm deer season, Nov. 19-21.  The seven-day firearm season will conclude on Dec. 2-5.

The preliminary total for the first three days of the 2010 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 66,126 deer during the 2009 deer season and 71,894 deer during the opening weekend in 2008.  The top county harvest totals last weekend were reported in Pike (1,957), Adams (1,741), Fulton (1,721), Jo Daviess (1,640) and Randolph (1,520). 

Hunters harvested 99,493 deer during the entire seven-day firearm deer season last year.  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.

“The opening season of firearm deer hunting offered hunters a combination of enjoyable weather and virtually-complete crop harvest,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  “Rutting activity was still evident, so it all came together for a very successful season with a number of nice bucks harvested.”

The IDNR has issued more than 370,000 firearm deer hunting permits for the 2010 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 (by 8 p.m. on the day of harvest) where the IDNR registers the deer and conducts sampling for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Approximately 60 percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks, identical to the first weekend of the firearm season in 2009. 

The Illinois firearm deer season concludes Dec. 2-5.  The muzzleloader-only deer season is Dec. 10-12.  The split late-winter antlerless-only firearm deer season and the special CWD deer season are Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011.  The state’s 2010-2011 archery deer season continues through Jan. 16 (except closed in firearm counties during the second firearm season Dec. 2-5). 

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first weekend of the firearm deer season and comparable figures for the first season in 2009.

County
2010
2009
Adams
1741
1614
Alexander
296
328
Bond
535
566
Boone
90
102
Brown
892
938
Bureau
1024
820
Calhoun
668
858
Carroll
756
698
Cass
458
494
Champaign
219
171
Christian
459
400
Clark
940
908
Clay
947
942
Clinton
588
581
Coles
560
502
Crawford
819
798
Cumberland
641
617
DeKalb
157
126
DeWitt
283
250
Douglas
131
130
Edgar
565
528
Edwards
325
366
Effingham
774
765
Fayette
1264
1336
Ford
101
74
Franklin
820
779
Fulton
1721
1725
Gallatin
402
421
Greene
986
873
Grundy
300
274
Hamilton
812
872
Hancock
1291
1215
Hardin
696
747
Henderson
449
390
Henry
545
479
Iroquois
502
387
Jackson
1502
1416
Jasper
861
837
Jefferson
1475
1606
Jersey
625
585
JoDaviess
1640
1493
Johnson
1202
1304
Kane
37
38
Kankakee
151
121
Kendall
53
59
Knox
1021
866
Lake
5
9
LaSalle
878
756
Lawrence
399
457
Lee
531
436
Livingston
454
316
Logan
285
235
Macon
200
203
Macoupin
1192
1200
Madison
651
638
Marion
1276
1374
Marshall
569
548
Mason
439
443
Massac
402
425
McDonough
738
707
McHenry
191
215
McLean
550
450
Menard
334
310
Mercer
674
551
Monroe
722
792
Montgomery
820
841
Morgan
626
732
Moultrie
232
206
Ogle
742
645
Peoria
1074
1012
Perry
823
899
Piatt
127
115
Pike
1957
2012
Pope
1294
1275
Pulaski
466
471
Putnam
355
365
Randolph
1520
1576
Richland
545
614
Rock Island
591
578
Saline
720
644
Sangamon
569
541
Schuyler
1130
1114
Scott
377
368
Shelby
1012
996
St. Clair
662
656
Stark
261
186
Stephenson
789
547
Tazewell
514
505
Union
1162
1168
Vermilion
609
472
Wabash
194
211
Warren
429
388
Washington
799
839
Wayne
1210
1247
White
662
692
Whiteside
627
501
Will
208
214
Williamson
1110
1101
Winnebago
307
269
Woodford
700
662
Total
68037
66126



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