Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 180,669 deer during all 2012-13 seasons.  Illinois deer seasons closed last weekend as hunters concluded the Archery Deer Season and the last segments of the Late-Winter and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons on Jan. 20.

The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons of 180,669 compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 181,451 in 2011-12.  During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 49 percent does and 51 percent males.  Illinois’ record deer harvest occurred in the 2005-06 season, when 201,209 deer were taken.

“We hope Illinois deer hunters had an enjoyable time afield this year, and took advantage of the many hunting opportunities afforded them,” said Paul Shelton, IDNR’s Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “In the coming months, deer biologists will be reviewing all available data and making any needed program changes in order to ensure the continued well-being of Illinois’ deer herd for this and future generations.”

The 2012-13 Illinois Archery Deer Season concluded on Jan. 20, and hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 59,728 deer during the archery season (Oct. 1, 2012-Jan. 20, 2013), compared with the archery deer harvest of 61,974 in the 2011-12 season.

The 2012-13 Late-Winter Antlerless Only and Special CWD deer seasons also concluded on Jan. 20, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 14,726 deer, compared with a harvest of 14,906 deer taken during those seasons last year. The seven-day split seasons for the Late-Winter and CWD hunts were Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013.  Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kendall, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties and Kane County west of Ill. Rt. 47 participated in the CWD season, while another 56 counties were open for the Late-Winter season. The Special CWD season is used to assist in controlling the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd, while the Late-Winter season provides additional harvest opportunities as a deer population management tool.

Hunters took a preliminary total of 99,461 deer during the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season (Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2012), 3,630 deer during the 2012 Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season (Dec. 7-9, 2012), and 3,124 deer during the 2012 Illinois Youth Deer Season (Oct. 6-7, 2012).

Preliminary county harvest totals for all the 2012-13 Illinois deer seasons are detailed below, followed by a table of comparable figures for the 2011-12 seasons.  

2012 All Seasons

County

Archery

Youth

Firearm

Muzzleloader

LW/CWD

Total

Adams

1347

105

2539

89

526

4606

Alexander

214

15

453

26

CLOSED

708

Bond

362

26

754

16

129

1287

Boone

115

2

142

2

25

286

Brown

917

53

1409

78

430

2887

Bureau

758

37

1401

65

237

2498

Calhoun

774

46

990

71

310

2191

Carroll

641

20

1152

38

196

2047

Cass

644

35

813

42

CLOSED

1534

Champaign

384

17

341

26

CLOSED

768

Christian

454

40

663

20

CLOSED

1177

Clark

843

29

1322

55

342

2591

Clay

538

35

1219

31

194

2017

Clinton

341

30

755

13

65

1204

Coles

602

19

669

22

92

1404

Cook

158

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

158

Crawford

777

20

1168

29

226

2220

Cumberland

418

25

934

14

130

1521

DeKalb

182

6

195

7

39

429

DeWitt

514

13

468

33

CLOSED

1028

Douglas

171

8

193

8

CLOSED

380

Dupage

35

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

35

Edgar

460

21

844

30

119

1474

Edwards

202

14

431

13

79

739

Effingham

409

31

935

15

132

1522

Fayette

687

64

1723

50

281

2805

Ford

64

6

136

5

CLOSED

211

Franklin

870

42

1309

34

CLOSED

2255

Fulton

2009

106

2816

112

674

5717

Gallatin

298

20

512

25

CLOSED

855

Greene

809

52

1352

35

260

2508

Grundy

399

12

470

22

105

1008

Hamilton

539

29

1189

36

165

1958

Hancock

728

42

2076

90

408

3344

Hardin

457

32

1027

43

CLOSED

1559

Henderson

257

13

634

13

115

1032

Henry

527

16

846

36

CLOSED

1425

Iroquois

465

31

828

44

CLOSED

1368

Jackson

853

62

2215

47

CLOSED

3177

Jasper

534

62

1161

29

CLOSED

1786

Jefferson

1379

95

2184

84

524

4266

Jersey

546

29

932

30

183

1720

JoDaviess

1053

55

2541

98

636

4383

Johnson

638

44

1716

50

CLOSED

2448

Kane

349

3

53

1

13

419

Kankakee

317

8

249

22

CLOSED

596

Kendall

242

9

114

10

28

403

Knox

975

49

1606

58

312

3000

Lake

423

CLOSED

9

CLOSED

CLOSED

432

LaSalle

916

28

1202

36

266

2448

Lawrence

413

14

590

26

CLOSED

1043

Lee

434

16

784

18

98

1350

Livingston

305

15

613

33

CLOSED

966

Logan

260

26

491

29

86

892

Macon

458

19

327

23

CLOSED

827

Macoupin

853

66

1815

53

294

3081

Madison

1113

42

924

24

167

2270

Marion

1089

66

1774

64

299

3292

Marshall

334

20

777

25

76

1232

Mason

377

15

620

30

CLOSED

1042

Massac

377

24

701

34

CLOSED

1136

McDonough

485

24

1074

40

205

1828

McHenry

561

10

415

10

66

1062

McLean

608

29

784

35

173

1629

Menard

330

16

468

32

94

940

Mercer

384

29

1019

28

125

1585

Monroe

327

20

1011

27

96

1481

Montgomery

674

44

1047

27

170

1962

Morgan

543

30

974

38

CLOSED

1585

Moultrie

266

17

301

24

CLOSED

608

Ogle

686

22

1097

31

210

2046

Peoria

1142

60

1494

41

296

3033

Perry

670

23

1294

41

349

2377

Piatt

192

9

194

6

CLOSED

401

Pike

2838

168

3071

246

916

7239

Pope

851

25

1582

58

CLOSED

2516

Pulaski

252

25

659

36

CLOSED

972

Putnam

289

6

520

21

75

911

Randolph

856

83

2222

66

450

3677

Richland

416

16

751

20

124

1327

Rock Island

587

15

969

43

171

1785

Saline

467

40

1028

27

177

1739

Sangamon

746

32

874

37

152

1841

Schuyler

902

53

1706

76

478

3215

Scott

252

15

490

31

133

921

Shelby

691

34

1272

34

158

2189

St. Clair

618

30

891

21

138

1698

Stark

152

8

342

10

55

567

Stephenson

447

13

1048

31

221

1760

Tazewell

729

35

834

21

CLOSED

1619

Union

750

40

1803

54

CLOSED

2647

Vermilion

929

35

949

33

232

2178

Wabash

191

9

310

8

CLOSED

518

Warren

268

9

758

25

80

1140

Washington

375

17

1098

34

CLOSED

1524

Wayne

892

53

1721

43

430

3139

White

568

33

872

24

306

1803

Whiteside

491

23

869

21

131

1535

Will

837

14

387

15

CLOSED

1253

Williamson

862

33

1676

47

CLOSED

2618

Winnebago

389

7

504

13

89

1002

Woodford

608

41

977

43

165

1834

Grand Total

59728

3124

99461

3630

14726

180669

2011 All Seasons

County

Archery

Youth

Firearm

Muzzleloader

LW/CWD

Total

Adams

1364

51

2394

93

461

4363

Alexander

197

11

536

51

CLOSED

795

Bond

396

19

786

23

114

1338

Boone

127

2

129

7

19

284

Brown

929

29

1224

88

374

2644

Bureau

742

17

1280

70

247

2356

Calhoun

903

24

1126

75

332

2460

Carroll

561

6

955

38

131

1691

Cass

564

11

674

30

94

1373

Champaign

399

9

338

40

CLOSED

786

Christian

516

19

687

24

91

1337

Clark

802

26

1330

82

264

2504

Clay

637

30

1351

45

256

2319

Clinton

397

15

845

18

72

1347

Coles

694

12

788

29

87

1610

Cook

167

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

167

Crawford

820

14

1136

51

216

2237

Cumberland

435

11

956

29

126

1557

DeKalb

192

2

182

10

51

437

DeWitt

619

11

454

24

CLOSED

1108

Douglas

173

5

242

10

CLOSED

430

Dupage

61

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

61

Edgar

451

16

785

44

112

1408

Edwards

225

8

411

23

96

763

Effingham

476

25

1050

33

107

1691

Fayette

771

35

1952

65

358

3181

Ford

73

2

139

8

CLOSED

222

Franklin

804

20

1314

48

CLOSED

2186

Fulton

1822

48

2581

143

576

5170

Gallatin

357

13

582

50

CLOSED

1002

Greene

786

17

1386

43

275

2507

Grundy

435

6

435

35

128

1039

Hamilton

550

31

1173

66

190

2010

Hancock

757

27

1992

123

328

3227

Hardin

462

27

1093

85

CLOSED

1667

Henderson

246

6

619

25

72

968

Henry

435

6

762

30

105

1338

Iroquois

487

15

796

48

CLOSED

1346

Jackson

880

27

2229

74

CLOSED

3210

Jasper

609

29

1259

68

CLOSED

1965

Jefferson

1436

53

2315

115

441

4360

Jersey

567

9

882

36

189

1683

JoDaviess

1013

38

2229

102

504

3886

Johnson

699

37

1709

81

240

2766

Kane

381

1

44

5

23

454

Kankakee

322

2

219

21

CLOSED

564

Kendall

231

4

102

14

CLOSED

351

Knox

1016

21

1479

66

273

2855

Lake

446

CLOSED

5

CLOSED

CLOSED

451

LaSalle

1020

28

1147

61

243

2499

Lawrence

390

9

560

20

101

1080

Lee

496

14

703

32

90

1335

Livingston

290

10

568

25

CLOSED

893

Logan

294

8

424

16

62

804

McDonough

562

10

1067

63

181

1883

McHenry

575

3

337

12

62

989

McLean

603

19

724

46

134

1526

Macon

605

11

366

43

CLOSED

1025

Macoupin

954

34

1736

83

277

3084

Madison

1109

17

904

33

162

2225

Marion

1063

42

1856

105

330

3396

Marshall

360

15

767

31

103

1276

Mason

383

13

595

23

73

1087

Massac

404

19

642

53

CLOSED

1118

Menard

311

7

423

18

78

837

Mercer

423

18

963

40

116

1560

Monroe

251

12

950

24

109

1346

Montgomery

675

23

1177

39

154

2068

Morgan

568

10

926

41

162

1707

Moultrie

378

11

358

30

CLOSED

777

Ogle

707

15

1034

36

198

1990

Peoria

1204

32

1482

69

288

3075

Perry

660

14

1244

53

275

2246

Piatt

251

7

185

12

CLOSED

455

Pike

2953

103

2958

309

856

7179

Pope

862

22

1741

88

CLOSED

2713

Pulaski

301

23

709

60

CLOSED

1093

Putnam

317

5

470

29

87

908

Randolph

888

53

2185

109

391

3626

Richland

412

10

817

28

145

1412

Rock Island

593

16

912

39

126

1686

St. Clair

591

18

980

27

121

1737

Saline

485

32

996

53

162

1728

Sangamon

797

12

794

37

130

1770

Schuyler

1028

28

1628

100

324

3108

Scott

248

10

519

22

86

885

Shelby

836

27

1430

70

175

2538

Stark

145

3

297

14

37

496

Stephenson

433

10

975

33

200

1651

Tazewell

745

24

684

28

107

1588

Union

715

33

1704

79

296

2827

Vermilion

1061

26

960

58

214

2319

Wabash

177

4

278

14

57

530

Warren

282

5

616

29

101

1033

Washington

395

10

1108

50

CLOSED

1563

Wayne

939

33

1871

77

481

3401

White

638

23

992

60

304

2017

Whiteside

455

11

744

36

112

1358

Will

837

7

370

33

CLOSED

1247

Williamson

842

37

1741

57

CLOSED

2677

Winnebago

379

2

437

16

91

925

Woodford

652

14

811

51

153

1681

Total

61974

1849

97820

4902

14906

181451

 

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