Archery and muzzleloader numbers slightly behind 2012
December 18, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Prairie State Outdoors
Muzzleloader and archery deer hunting totals are down slightly from last year.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released muzzleloader and up-to-date archery totals Wednesday morning.
Illinois muzzleloader hunters killed a preliminary total of 3,486 deer during the three-day muzzleloading rifle deer season Dec. 13-15.
Last year, 3,576 deer were taken.
Sex ratios were 55 percent does (1,904) and 45 percent males (1,582).
DNR Forest Wildlife Program manager Paul Shelton said counties in the northern and southern parts of the state tended to exceed last year’s results, while most central Illinois counties fell short of last year.
The top five counties were Pike (152), JoDaviess (100), Union (95), Jackson (97), and Fulton (85).
Archery hunters have killed a preliminary total of 52,166 deer through Dec. 15. Figures for the same time period last year were 53,034.
Sex ratios to date are 49 percent does and 51 percent males, with buck harvest during the past seven days at 43 percent.
The top five counties were Pike (2,271), Fulton (1,489), Jefferson (1,289), Adams (1,114), and JoDaviess (984).
County-by-county tables are found below. Scroll down to reach the archery numbers.