Illinois Firearm Deer Season Numbers

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 105,595 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-7.

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 4-7) harvest total was 33,701, compared with the 31,218 deer taken by hunters during the second season in 2007. This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 21-23) deer harvest was 71,894, compared with a first-season harvest of 85,490 in 2007.  The preliminary harvest total includes deer taken in all 99 counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County.

Preliminary reports show that Pike County once again topped the county deer harvest totals for the firearm season as hunters there took 3,342 deer.  Other top county harvest totals were Fulton (2,688), Adams (2,649), Randolph (2,489), and Jefferson (2,451).

“A number of factors may have impacted our deer harvest this year, including the cold, wintry weather during both the first and second portions of the firearm season, the amount of standing corn in parts of northern Illinois, and even the slightly later timing of the seasons,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program manager Paul Shelton.  “In addition, our effort to reduce deer numbers may be paying off in some areas.”

The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season was this week, Dec. 12-14, while the Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season are Jan. 16-18, 2009.  The statewide archery deer hunting season continues through Jan. 15, 2009.

Deer hunters with unfilled deer permits from the firearm season, muzzleloader season or youth season may use those permits during the Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season if the permits are for one of the counties open for the Late-Winter season. 

Counties that will be open for the Late-Winter season are: Adams, Bond, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Knox, LaSalle, Lawrence, Lee, Logan, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Massac, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Williamson, and Woodford.

Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry, and Winnebago counties and that portion of Kane County west of Ill. Rt. 47 can participate in the Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Deer Season Jan. 16-18, 2009 to help control deer densities and the spread of chronic wasting disease.  Antlerless-only permits for the CWD season are scheduled to be available over-the-counter beginning Dec. 15 for $5 each at participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors in those counties. In addition, hunters with unfilled 2008 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 2008 firearm, muzzleloader, youth, or archery season during the CWD hunt may take deer appropriate for that permit (antlerless-only or either-sex). Check stations will be manned during the CWD season in the open counties:

  • Boone Co. - Boone County Fairgrounds, Rt. 76 and Business Rt. 20, Belvidere
  • DeKalb Co. and Kane Co. (west of Ill. Rt. 47) - Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona
  • McHenry Co. - McHenry Dam Day Use Area, Moraine Hills State Park, east of McHenry on River Road, 2.2 miles south of Route 120
  • Winnebago Co. - Rock Cut State Park, 6425 Hart Road (one mile east of Perryville Rd. on Hart Rd.), Loves Park

Successful hunters in the Special CWD Deer Season counties will be required to bring their deer to a check station prior to 8 p.m. on the day of harvest. Hunters who submit samples for CWD testing will be offered a free either-sex permit valid for the remainder of the season.

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the first and second portions of the 2008 firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm harvest for 2008, and the comparable county harvest totals for 2007.

 

2008 First

2008 Second

2008

2007

County

Season

Season

Total

Total

Adams

1900

749

2649

2791

Alexander

335

167

502

485

Bond

632

281

913

1165

Boone

90

67

157

182

Brown

996

479

1475

1610

Bureau

1030

586

1616

1637

Calhoun

889

453

1342

1532

Carroll

740

388

1128

1178

Cass

510

245

755

907

Champaign

195

125

320

388

Christian

466

201

667

741

Clark

896

400

1296

1503

Clay

998

432

1430

1637

Clinton

635

238

873

1051

Coles

550

194

744

829

Crawford

831

361

1192

1297

Cumberland

654

266

920

945

DeKalb

136

110

246

308

DeWitt

303

166

469

443

Douglas

156

48

204

266

Edgar

555

229

784

833

Edwards

354

160

514

570

Effingham

795

262

1057

1180

Fayette

1480

629

2109

2286

Ford

115

47

162

153

Franklin

827

377

1204

1373

Fulton

1878

810

2688

2671

Gallatin

402

215

617

678

Greene

989

494

1483

1697

Grundy

269

139

408

518

Hamilton

901

446

1347

1505

Hancock

1553

800

2353

2358

Hardin

780

323

1103

1213

Henderson

432

242

674

762

Henry

561

332

893

960

Iroquois

548

273

821

822

Jackson

1612

592

2204

2523

Jasper

915

374

1289

1390

Jefferson

1650

801

2451

2805

Jersey

670

351

1021

1070

JoDaviess

1518

853

2371

2662

Johnson

1385

460

1845

1887

Kane

43

20

63

71

Kankakee

157

83

240

271

Kendall

53

43

96

117

Knox

1048

570

1618

1662

Lake

19

2

21

27

LaSalle

957

424

1381

1544

Lawrence

420

189

609

736

Lee

446

250

696

755

Livingston

392

201

593

641

Logan

298

160

458

520

Macon

217

120

337

352

Macoupin

1228

618

1846

2279

Madison

648

274

922

1273

Marion

1404

631

2035

2295

Marshall

607

227

834

888

Mason

484

196

680

681

Massac

369

259

628

722

McDonough

759

390

1149

1215

McHenry

216

156

372

539

McLean

490

238

728

774

Menard

288

142

430

539

Mercer

632

349

981

1080

Monroe

863

239

1102

1201

Montgomery

861

370

1231

1484

Morgan

674

333

1007

1226

Moultrie

224

113

337

364

Ogle

730

452

1182

1390

Peoria

1133

515

1648

1730

Perry

964

421

1385

1614

Piatt

134

70

204

242

Pike

2194

1148

3342

3732

Pope

1301

527

1828

2143

Pulaski

533

285

818

787

Putnam

361

175

536

602

Randolph

1770

719

2489

2598

Richland

635

247

882

1014

Rock Island

610

374

984

1029

Saline

726

299

1025

1090

Sangamon

598

288

886

975

Schuyler

1166

613

1779

1906

Scott

374

203

577

681

Shelby

1025

410

1435

1596

St. Clair

724

260

984

1144

Stark

216

145

361

344

Stephenson

643

445

1088

1198

Tazewell

527

237

764

824

Union

1323

552

1875

2115

Vermilion

648

318

966

1005

Wabash

218

93

311

352

Warren

481

257

738

721

Washington

864

316

1180

1415

Wayne

1316

671

1987

2086

White

699

341

1040

1228

Whiteside

542

288

830

1014

Will

267

147

414

435

Williamson

1176

613

1789

1973

Winnebago

315

164

479

542

Woodford

753

346

1099

1116

Total

71894

33701

105595

116708