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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2010

Hunters in Illinois Harvest 98,700 Deer During Firearm Season
Deer hunting continues with archery and upcoming gun seasons

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 98,700 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  A total of 99,419 deer were taken during the 2009 firearm season. 

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 2-5) harvest total was 30,663, compared with the 33,293 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the season in 2009.  This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 19-22) deer harvest was 68,037, compared with a first-season harvest of 66,126 in 2009.  The preliminary harvest totals include deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as at Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County.

“Harvest results for this year’s firearm deer seasons were remarkably similar to last year,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  “Fifty-one counties saw increases in harvest, while 49 counties declined.  Management efforts aimed at controlling deer herds while maintaining recreational opportunities are paying off.”

Preliminary reports show that Pike County once again topped the county deer harvest totals for the firearm season as hunters took 3,130 deer.  Other top county harvest totals were Fulton (2,495), Adams (2,468), Jo Daviess (2,285) and Randolph (2,192).

Deer hunters in Illinois still have opportunities to take to the field in the coming weeks.  The archery deer season continues through Jan. 16, 2011.  The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season is this week (Dec. 10-12), while the seven-day split late-winter firearm antlerless-only deer season and special CWD deer season are Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011.

Permits for both late-winter and special CWD seasons will be available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit agents beginning Dec. 14.

Permits for the late-winter season will be issued in two categories based on deer management needs in individual counties.  For 12 select counties with a need for significant increases in deer harvest, hunters will be able to purchase late-winter permits without limit.  In 58 other counties open for the late-winter season, hunters will be limited to purchasing one late-winter deer permit.  There are 27 counties closed for the late-winter season.

As in years past, unfilled 2010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth and landowner firearm permits will be valid for the late-winter season provided that they were issued for an open county, but only antlerless deer may be taken.  For more information, please visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/ResidentLateWinterAntlerlessDeerHunting.aspx
Successful hunters should report their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer was taken by calling 1-866-452-4325 (1-866-ILCHECK) or by accessing the online check-in system at www.dnr.state.il.us/vcheck.

Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and Winnebago Counties and a portion of Kane County west of IL Rt. 47 can participate in the seven-day special CWD deer season on Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011 to help control deer densities and the spread of chronic wasting disease.  Special CWD season antlerless-only permits will be available beginning Dec. 14 over the counter for $5.50 each at participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors.  In addition, hunters with unfilled 2010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth firearm deer season 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 20010 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.  As in the late-winter season, harvest must be reported via telephone or online.  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 2010 firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm harvest for 2010 and county harvest totals for 2009.

 
2010 First
2010 Second
2010
2009
County
Season
Season
Total
Total
Adams
1741
727
2468
2480
Alexander
296
214
510
560
Bond
535
220
755
843
Boone
90
44
134
155
Brown
892
416
1308
1478
Bureau
1024
394
1418
1283
Calhoun
668
433
1101
1382
Carroll
756
270
1026
1027
Cass
458
224
682
727
Champaign
219
98
317
286
Christian
459
190
649
604
Clark
940
389
1329
1328
Clay
947
419
1366
1316
Clinton
588
204
792
808
Coles
560
214
774
703
Crawford
819
360
1179
1160
Cumberland
641
243
884
887
DeKalb
157
67
224
215
DeWitt
283
128
411
391
Douglas
131
67
198
188
Edgar
565
251
816
771
Edwards
325
163
488
510
Effingham
774
255
1029
1028
Fayette
1264
492
1756
1907
Ford
101
28
129
113
Franklin
820
401
1221
1204
Fulton
1721
774
2495
2616
Gallatin
402
210
612
640
Greene
986
453
1439
1384
Grundy
300
160
460
402
Hamilton
812
384
1196
1306
Hancock
1291
668
1959
1950
Hardin
696
307
1003
1059
Henderson
449
175
624
597
Henry
545
249
794
698
Iroquois
502
229
731
653
Jackson
1502
677
2179
2153
Jasper
861
356
1217
1245
Jefferson
1475
709
2184
2379
Jersey
625
315
940
938
JoDaviess
1640
645
2285
2281
Johnson
1202
502
1704
1771
Kane
37
23
60
55
Kankakee
151
81
232
207
Kendall
53
43
96
97
Knox
1021
532
1553
1430
Lake
5
0
5
10
LaSalle
878
389
1267
1144
Lawrence
399
192
591
669
Lee
531
202
733
669
Livingston
454
187
641
483
Logan
285
153
438
395
Macon
200
130
330
316
Macoupin
1192
541
1733
1736
Madison
651
237
888
939
Marion
1276
553
1829
1998
Marshall
569
205
774
761
Mason
439
161
600
643
Massac
402
282
684
657
McDonough
738
351
1089
1109
McHenry
191
101
292
377
McLean
550
229
779
672
Menard
334
133
467
447
Mercer
674
301
975
871
Monroe
722
273
995
1087
Montgomery
820
308
1128
1191
Morgan
626
303
929
1093
Moultrie
232
106
338
291
Ogle
742
343
1085
1108
Peoria
1074
484
1558
1513
Perry
823
417
1240
1345
Piatt
127
74
201
194
Pike
1957
1173
3130
3265
Pope
1294
418
1712
1769
Pulaski
466
292
758
724
Putnam
355
141
496
558
Randolph
1520
672
2192
2256
Richland
545
265
810
878
Rock Island
591
305
896
914
Saline
720
346
1066
962
Sangamon
569
269
838
830
Schuyler
1130
526
1656
1685
Scott
377
211
588
559
Shelby
1012
399
1411
1442
St. Clair
662
240
902
922
Stark
261
100
361
306
Stephenson
789
303
1092
936
Tazewell
514
198
712
735
Union
1162
518
1680
1761
Vermilion
609
268
877
823
Wabash
194
119
313
310
Warren
429
214
643
610
Washington
799
353
1152
1172
Wayne
1210
594
1804
1888
White
662
360
1022
1043
Whiteside
627
222
849
771
Will
208
149
357
362
Williamson
1110
554
1664
1625
Winnebago
307
120
427
447
Woodford
700
276
976
933
Total
68037
30663
98700
99419


 



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