Archery harvest numbers catching up
December 04, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Archery deer harvest
Prairie State Outdoors
Archery numbers are slowly catching up with last year, according to the most recent week’s figures released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 50,873 deer through Dec. 1.
Through the same period last year, archery hunters had killed 51,414.
Total harvest to date has consisted of 49 percent does and 51 percent males, with buck harvest during the past seven days at 51 percent.
The top five counties were Pike (2,227), Fulton (1,456), Jefferson (1,256), Adams (1,098), and JoDaviess (969).
Firearm season closes Sunday
The second segment of the traditional firearm deer-hunting season opens Thursday and closes Sunday one-half hour after sunset. The seven-day firearm season is the state’s most popular hunting season with more than 340,000 permits issued to hunters.
Hunters killed a preliminary total of 55,708 deer during the first three days, Nov. 22-24.
Sunday doesn’t spell the end of deer hunting.
The three-day muzzleloader-only season will be held Dec. 13-15.
The seven-day split late winter firearm antlerless-only and special CWD season will be held Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19.
After a break for firearm season, archery hunting continues through Jan. 19.
Deer hunting regulations and permit information can be found at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.
County-by-county comparisons can be found in the table that follows: