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Bowhunters taking more bucks

October 26, 2009 at 01:11 PM

The record pace for bowhunters has slowed in the past week.

But true to form, archers have been shooting more bucks of late as the rut approaches. Sex ratios during the past week were 60.2 percent does to 39.8 percent bucks according to biologist Paul Shelton. Over the previous three weeks the ratio had been 69.3 percent does and 30.7 percent bucks. Overall so far, the ratio is 67.5 percent does to 32.5 percent bucks.

Through Sunday, Oct. 25 the preliminary harvest estimate was at 21,754 deer. That’s the second best on record and ranks behind only the 2006 harvest of 21,883 through this period. Last year bowhunters were at 17,875 through Oct. 25, in 2007 the count was 16,065 and in 2005 it was 21,610.

Writes Shelton: “Temperatures have been great, but a continuing pattern of rain every few days occasionally dampens hunter participation (last Thursday was a good example) and frustrates crop harvest by farmers.”

The top five counties so far are:

  • 1. Pike (1,073)
  • 2. Fulton (571)
  • 3. Jefferson (565)
  • 4. Peoria (500)
  • 5. LaSalle (470)

Here’s a complete county-by-county harvest count through Oct. 25.

Archery_deer_report_10-26-09.pdf

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Anyone tracking the daily kill total by bow hunters in 2009?  I have a nice bar chart from last year, but can’t find this years info.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/26 at 06:57 PM

the pre rut is on!!!!!!!!! ladies and gentleman boys and girls, children of all ages….. ive seen 9 bucks the past 2 nights. 2 booners, 2 popers, and 5 small boys. they were all cruising or chasin does.

Lets get it on!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/26 at 07:17 PM

You smoking some crack again lungbuster?? I have hunted pretty much no stop for a week and haven’t seen any bucks cruising doe’s.  I am still seeing several doe’s with their fawns.  Only have seen some smaller bucks feeding.  Sure the rubs and scrapes are starting to pop up, but nothing like your stating.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/26 at 10:35 PM

I agree with Fulton on this one….had one buck tonight with a doe but he wasn’t chasing! Give it another week or two and its on!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/27 at 12:41 AM

I got 6 cameras out the big boys are making
thier rounds at 6:15 am and 7:15 pm as of last
week. Scrapes and rubs are showing up, but haven’t
seen much during shooting hours.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/27 at 08:39 AM

I am sure that there is some increased buck activity but I attribute it to the cool weather as much as anything. If the weather turns 75 degrees and sunny next week the activity will subside and are we then gonna say the rut is over? Will we still be trying to promote the idea of an early rut this year as so many are saying? The weather is the most important factor determining deer activity and it doesnt matter if it is October 1st, November 15 or January 31st. The activity (rut or otherwise) we are now seeing could end as fast as a warm front blows in.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/27 at 02:29 PM

Don, I regularly bust deer dung with my boots on the way to my stands. It’s cheaper than doe pee and seems to work just as good >>>———>

Posted by Henry Holt on 10/27 at 10:33 PM

Henry, there is only one real dungbuster around here and it aint you!!!;^)

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/28 at 07:50 PM

Its your lunch dungluster!!! ha ha!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/30 at 03:30 PM

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