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JIm Mordacq of Springfield photographed this Sangamon County buck over the weekend. He also shot video of the buck sparring with a smaller buck and notes that “deer activity is really picking up.” We plan to post the video later today.

Archery hunters shifting to bucks

October 27, 2008 at 06:56 AM

As the Illinois archery season moves toward the rut, bowhunters are increasingly taking bucks.

The latest preliminary archery totals show that hunters have taken 19,135 deer through the first 26 days of bow season. That’s better than last year’s total of 16,752 but lags behind the 2006 mark of 22,350 and the 2005 harvest of 22,398.

Also noteworthy is the shift to more bucks among the harvest. Writes biologist Paul Shelton: “Daily harvest sex ratios have recently dropped down to about 60% females:40% males; but the cumulative ratio to date is 66.6% female:33.4% male. As we get into the rut, sex ratios in the harvest will probably reverse until we see daily ratios in the range of 30% female:70% male.”

Most hunters expect the prime rut hunting will start late this week and run through the first two weeks of November.

The top five counties are:

  1. Pike 972
  2. Fulton 485
  3. Peoria 482
  4. Jefferson 437
  5. Marion 385

Here’s a county-by-county look at the preliminary archery totals through 26 days: 2008_Archery_Deer_Harvest_Update_10-26-08.pdf

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Things would have been really good if I didn’t have to bear hug the tree to stay in the stand this weekend. The wind as so strong it had trees bending over. Several old trees broke off and fell right near my stand with me in it. Be careful in the wind for falling trees. I know of a fisherman that had his neck broken by a falling tree that hit him in the head while bank fishing.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/27 at 10:59 AM

I went out and looked at the water yesterday and it was ruff with 2 foot rollers…..............and that was in my ol’ coonhound’s water dish….........

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/27 at 12:19 PM

This weekend should be great. Hope the winds don’t come with the bit warmer weather. Is was rough out there this weekend for sure.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/29 at 11:47 AM

Another thing to watch out for is falling hedge apples!  I was doing a little spot/stalking Sunday w/ the wind and made sure to avoid walking under hedge trees because I heard the thump of apples hitting the ground.  Those things would leave a mark if they hit you.

Looking forward to next week!!!

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