The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today reported that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 72,111 deer during the opening weekend of the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season, Nov. 16-18.  The second portion of the firearm season will be Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The preliminary harvest total of 72,111 for the first three days of the 2012 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 66,501 deer during the 2011 deer season.  The top county harvest total last weekend was in Pike with 2,108 deer, followed by Fulton (2,048), Adams (1,938), Jo Daviess (1,877) and Randolph (1,665).  For the entire seven-day firearm season in 2011, hunters harvested 98,820 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.

“Hunters enjoyed near perfect conditions during our first firearm weekend,” said Paul Shelton, IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “Temperatures were cool, winds were calm, crops were out of the fields, and rutting activity was ongoing.  We hope hunters enjoyed their time in the field.”

Approximately 60 percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks, compared with 61 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2011.

The IDNR has issued more than 334,000 firearm deer hunting permits so far for the 2012 season.  For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at this link:  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer. Remaining firearm deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include the second segment of the firearm season on Nov. 29-Dec. 2, the three-day Muzzleloader-only Deer Season on Dec. 7-9, and the seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season on Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20,

2013.  Hunters are reminded that 10 fewer counties will be open for the Late-Winter season in 2012-13 (see map):
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/LateWinterDeerSeasonMap.pdf.

For more information on Illinois deer hunting regulations, check the IDNR web site at this link:
www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the 2012 firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2011.

County20112012
Adams17841938
Alexander326304
Bond551545
Boone9596
Brown846992
Bureau9051014
Calhoun713668
Carroll708835
Cass445580
Champaign195239
Christian510472
Clark871951
Clay938909
Clinton583580
Coles530502
Crawford749831
Cumberland663701
DeKalb131143
DeWitt288299
Douglas176145
Edgar513605
Edwards248314
Effingham745728
Fayette13221284
Ford8596
Franklin852907
Fulton17752048
Gallatin365331
Greene917991
Grundy298322
Hamilton748841
Hancock14121515
Hardin780790
Henderson423485
Henry532592
Iroquois481549
Jackson14761621
Jasper819852
Jefferson14961540
Jersey554677
Jo Daviess16641877
Johnson12671309
Kane2836
Kankakee147170
Kendall5556
Knox10221146
Lake69
LaSalle812887
Lawrence351432
Lee509565
Livingston394468
Logan305358
Macon227229
Macoupin11841366
Madison606686
Marion12181319
Marshall561597
Mason443438
Massac390463
McDonough698736
McHenry214287
McLean483602
Menard272345
Mercer671755
Monroe661794
Montgomery834773
Morgan650658
Moultrie227226
Ogle740796
Peoria10511093
Perry822956
Piatt125135
Pike19172108
Pope13601212
Pulaski433439
Putnam324389
Randolph14061665
Richland524532
Rock Island638690
Saline688690
Sangamon524644
Schuyler11201225
Scott357352
Shelby1002940
St. Clair651691
Stark206247
Stephenson687797
Tazewell488619
Union11631319
Vermilion628627
Wabash171216
Warren435559
Washington754803
Wayne12381188
White606602
Whiteside512648
Will225260
Williamson11031145
Winnebago306379
Woodford550726
Total6650172111

 

Image courtesy Illinois DNR

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