Preliminary Archery Deer Harvest Numbers

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Acting Director Sam Flood announced today bow hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 64,474 deer during the 2005-06 archery deer season in the state.

“We are very pleased with the harvest total and congratulate the hunters in Illinois who helped make this another successful archery season,” said Flood. “Deer hunters enjoy the great opportunity they have for bow hunting in Illinois, and we appreciate their support for our deer management program.”

The 2005-06 Illinois archery deer season began on Oct. 1, 2005 and concluded on Jan. 12, 2006.

“The preliminary statewide harvest total is in line with our projection that harvest would be close to last year’s record-setting archery deer harvest of 63,639,” said Paul Shelton, manager of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program.

With implementation this fall and winter of the new DNR Direct telephone and web-based deer harvest reporting system, some duplicate harvest reports may be included in the preliminary harvest total for the 2005-06 season.

“We won’t be sure whether this season’s harvest total is a new record for the Illinois archery deer hunting season until we have time to analyze the harvest data, but we’ll probably be close to last year’s record,” said Shelton.

The top five county harvest totals based on preliminary harvest data were Pike (3,821), Fulton (1,522), Jefferson (1,487), Adams (1,294) and Peoria (1,203).

A table including preliminary county harvest totals for the 2005-06 Illinois archery deer season compared with actual totals for the 2004-05 season is attached below.

Illinois Archery Deer Preliminary Harvest -2005-06 (compared with 2004-05)

County 2005 - 2006 (04-05)
Pike 3821 (3769)
Fulton 1522 (1602)
Jefferson 1487 (152
Adams 1294 (1258)
Peoria 1203 (1259)
LaSalle 1199 (1383)
Marion 1167 (1224)
Madison 1120 (1085)
Calhoun 1102 (1237)
Macoupin 1069 (1101)
Vermilion 1005 (1055)
Randolph 932 (910)
Wayne 919 (870)
Franklin 909 (862)
Williamson 897 (891)
Will 896 (984)
Brown 889 (926)
Pope 888 (859)
Knox 854 (844)
Greene 852 (933)
Hancock 850 (726)
Fayette 843 (789)
Sangamon 839 (809)
Bureau 813 (811)
Shelby 812 (771)
Schuyler 794 (749)
Perry 787 (741)
Jackson 779 (721)
Montgomery 754 (732)
St. Clair 749 (788)
Clark 739 (620)
Ogle 735 (770)
Union 733 (699)
Tazewell 730 (712)
JoDaviess 728 (679)
Crawford 728 (798)
White 721 (561)
Jersey 716 (726)
Morgan 678 (726)
Clay 668 (600)
Woodford 664 (618)
Jasper 657 (647)
Cass 644 (693)
Hamilton 628 (572)
Johnson 628 (537)
Rock Island 602 (569)
McHenry 601 (623)
McDonough 575 (488)
DeWitt 575 (381)
McLean 571 (605)
Washington 569 (544)
Richland 539 (462)
Carroll 534 (507)
Lee 529 (599)
Coles 523 (569)
Macon 521 (481)
Clinton 513 (486)
Grundy 510 (439)
Henry 500 (502)
Lawrence 499 (552)
Saline 485 (461)
Whiteside 485 (509)
Mason 478 (567)
Effingham 472 (451)
Champaign 463 (357)
Christian 452 (399)
Stephenson 451 (442)
Lake 449 (572)
Winnebago 444 (489)
Kane 439 (478)
Bond 413 (448)
Iroquois 411 (456)
Massac 388 (347)
Mercer 385 (279)
Hardin 383 (401)
Edgar 382 (423)
Monroe 373 (352)
Menard 361 (423)
Cumberland 355 (308)
Warren 353 (283)
Marshall 353 (367)
Livingston 333 (327)
Kankakee 333 (289)
Piatt 319 (242)
Gallatin 312 (300)
Moultrie 302 (241)
Logan 296 (269)
Pulaski 288 (267)
Putnam 283 (275)
Wabash 280 (248)
DeKalb 265 (292)
Henderson 264 (264)
Kendall 222 (197)
Edwards 216 (261)
Douglas 214 (171)
Alexander 211 (172) Boone 177 (224)
Stark 164 (189)
Cook 156 (179)
Ford 73 (63)
DuPage 68 (76)
Total 64474 (63639)