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Archery totals lower than expected

November 17, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Maybe the best weekend of hunting is still ahead for Illinois big-buck hunters.

With discussions of the current state of the Illinois rut raging—and views varying from timber to timber—bowhunters had a solid but unspectacular weekend of hunting. Daily harvest peaked at 2,477 deer on Sunday, lower than during the weekend of Nov. 8-9. Here’s a look at daily harvest totals: Daily_Archery_Harvest-3.pdf.

Does that mean the peak of the rut is past? Still to come? Who knows. Either way, the overall archery harvest to date of 48,332 through Sunday night (Nov. 16) is down slightly from totals during the past three years: 50,742 (2007); 51,586 (2006); and 53,125 (2005).

Here are the county-by-county harvest totals through Nov. 16, 2008: 2008_Archery_Deer_Harvest_Update_11-16-08.pdf

Bowhunters have four more days of hunting during the rut remain prior to the beginning of firearm season.

Over the past five days, bucks have comprised 63-67 percent of the harvest, compared with season-to-date sex ratios of about 50:50 (bucks:does). A graph showing changes in daily sex ratios throughout the season is attached. Daily_sex_ratios-3.pdf

The top five counties so far are Pike (2,873), Fulton (1,392), Adams (1,102), Peoria (1,032) and Jefferson (1,017).

At least one bowhunter started the weekend on a high note. Drew Homan of Lexington returned home from college (her is playing baseball at Morton College in Cicero) for a weekend of hunting. He got out late Friday, Nov. 14 and shot an impressive 14-point McLean County buck a little after 4 p.m. The buck has split brow tines and a palmated right side with a crab claw.

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Earlier last week on Nov. 12, a bowhunter in Grundy County shot this 19-pointer in the morning. The hunter posted on The Bowsite and wrote that: “This past week was on fire in the area I was hunting in Grundy. Bucks were running does everywhere. It was non-stop action.”

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Nice bucks.

like i gauranteed before the article was written about nov 15,16th being the record harvest weekend… it was not.

shoot more does!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/17 at 05:24 PM

yes those are nice bucks as are alot i see on this site.keep one thing in mind though guys,while its nice to brag about your deer,the outfitters and their posse’s are trolling these sites and taking notes.grundy check..mclean check

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/19 at 12:30 AM

they ever going to post why this years rut sucks?
they always show big bucks on here. i’m about to quit i’m so mad about hunting! like i said earlier, shot gunners will have it made again!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/19 at 11:23 AM

The only way to get a big one is to practically live in the woods guys simply staying in the stand from 6am to 9am aint going cut it. There are alot of big bucks killed in the afternoon from 10am to 2pm. My advice before giving up is stay a little longer. You never know what might be coming your way. Good Luck to everyone!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/19 at 12:38 PM

Lilwolfy, Don’t get disgusted just keep hunting. If it was easy everyone would be doing it. I hunted 40 times last year and was lucky enought to kill a B&C with my bow on my final hunt scored right at 200”. I was getting the same way as you and I kept telling myself to be patient and keep going. The ol addedge you can’t get one if you don’t go was never more true the night I shot the monster, so hang in there and keep hunting hard. Yor comment on gun hunters will probably be like it always is. But in my oppinion the best of the rut is over, there will still be plenty of big bucks killed this weekend like there always is. Getting shot at by slugs will get them movin.. Be safe and get in the woods!!

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