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Archery deer hunters keep pace with last year, five-year average

October 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Illinois archery deer hunters are keeping pace with last year’s harvest and the five-year average.

Through Oct. 21, hunters have taken a preliminary total of 15,401 deer. 

Last year’s preliminary harvest for the same period was 15,185, and the five-year average for 2007-2011 was 15,617.

Sex ratios to date consist of 67 percent does and 33 percent males (10,327 females to 5,074 males). 

“As is typical, the proportion of males in the harvest has begun to increase as the season approaches November, and males made up almost 37 percent of the harvest this week,” said Paul Shelton, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program manager.

The top five counties were Pike (554), Fulton (446), Peoria (359), Jefferson (328), and Madison (303). 

County by county results are in the table below:



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