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Firearm season yield 98,700 Illinois deer

December 10, 2010 at 01:43 AM

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 98,700 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  A total of 99,419 deer were taken during the 2009 firearm season. 

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 2-5) harvest total was 30,663, compared with the 33,293 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the season in 2009.  This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 19-22) deer harvest was 68,037, compared with a first-season harvest of 66,126 in 2009.  The preliminary harvest totals include deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as at Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County.

“Harvest results for this year’s firearm deer seasons were remarkably similar to last year,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.  “Fifty-one counties saw increases in harvest, while 49 counties declined.  Management efforts aimed at controlling deer herds while maintaining recreational opportunities are paying off.”

Preliminary reports show that Pike County once again topped the county deer harvest totals for the firearm season as hunters took 3,130 deer.  Other top county harvest totals were Fulton (2,495), Adams (2,468), Jo Daviess (2,285) and Randolph (2,192).

Deer hunters in Illinois still have opportunities to take to the field in the coming weeks.  The archery deer season continues through Jan. 16, 2011.  The three-day Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season is this week (Dec. 10-12), while the seven-day split late-winter firearm antlerless-only deer season and special CWD deer season are Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011.

Permits for both late-winter and special CWD seasons will be available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit agents beginning Dec. 14.

Permits for the late-winter season will be issued in two categories based on deer management needs in individual counties.  For 12 select counties with a need for significant increases in deer harvest, hunters will be able to purchase late-winter permits without limit.  In 58 other counties open for the late-winter season, hunters will be limited to purchasing one late-winter deer permit.  There are 27 counties closed for the late-winter season.

As in years past, unfilled 2010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth and landowner firearm permits will be valid for the late-winter season provided that they were issued for an open county, but only antlerless deer may be taken.  For more information, please visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/ResidentLateWinterAntlerlessDeerHunting.aspx
Successful hunters should report their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer was taken by calling 1-866-452-4325 (1-866-ILCHECK) or by accessing the online check-in system at http://www.dnr.state.il.us/vcheck.

Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and Winnebago Counties and a portion of Kane County west of IL Rt. 47 can participate in the seven-day special CWD deer season on Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011 to help control deer densities and the spread of chronic wasting disease.  Special CWD season antlerless-only permits will be available beginning Dec. 14 over the counter for $5.50 each at participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors.  In addition, hunters with unfilled 2010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth firearm deer season or archery deer permits valid for one of the open counties may use those permits to hunt during the CWD season. Hunters using unfilled permits from the 20010 firearm, muzzleloader, youth or archery season for the CWD hunt may take deer appropriate for that permit (antlerless-only or either-sex).  There will be no manned check stations during CWD season.  As in the late-winter season, harvest must be reported via telephone or online.  Successful hunters are encouraged to have any adult deer tested for CWD by taking it to a cooperating meat processor.

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the first and second portions of the 2010 firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm harvest for 2010 and county harvest totals for 2009.

The table below includes preliminary county harvest
              totals for the first and second portions of the 2010
              firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm
              harvest for 2010 and county harvest totals for 2009.


                2010 First 2010 Second 2010 2009
              County Season     Season     Total Total
              Adams   1741 727   2468 2480
              Alexander   296   214   510   560
              Bond   535   220   755   843
              Boone   90   44   134   155
              Brown   892   416   1308 1478
              Bureau 1024 394   1418 1283
              Calhoun 668   433   1101 1382
              Carroll 756   270   1026 1027
              Cass   458   224   682   727
              Champaign   219   98   317   286
              Christian   459   190   649   604
              Clark   940   389   1329 1328
              Clay   947   419   1366 1316
              Clinton 588   204   792   808
              Coles   560   214   774   703
              Crawford     819   360   1179 1160
              Cumberland   641   243   884   887
              DeKalb 157   67   224   215
              DeWitt 283   128   411   391
              Douglas 131   67   198   188
              Edgar   565   251   816   771
              Edwards 325   163   488   510
              Effingham   774   255   1029 1028
              Fayette 1264 492   1756 1907
              Ford   101   28   129   113
              Franklin     820   401   1221 1204
              Fulton 1721 774   2495 2616
              Gallatin     402   210   612   640
              Greene 986   453   1439 1384
              Grundy 300   160   460   402
              Hamilton     812   384   1196 1306
              Hancock 1291 668   1959 1950
              Hardin 696   307   1003 1059
              Henderson   449   175   624   597
              Henry   545   249   794   698
              Iroquois     502   229   731   653
              Jackson 1502 677   2179 2153
              Jasper 861   356   1217 1245
              Jefferson   1475 709   2184 2379
              Jersey 625   315   940   938
              JoDaviess   1640 645   2285 2281
              Johnson 1202 502   1704 1771
              Kane   37   23   60   55
              Kankakee     151   81   232   207
              Kendall 53   43   96   97
              Knox   1021 532   1553 1430
              Lake   5   0   5   10
              LaSalle 878   389   1267 1144
              Lawrence     399   192   591   669
              Lee   531   202   733   669
              Livingston   454   187   641   483
              Logan   285   153   438   395
              Macon   200   130   330   316
              Macoupin     1192 541   1733 1736
              Madison 651   237   888   939
              Marion 1276 553   1829 1998
              Marshall     569   205   774   761
              Mason   439   161   600   643
              Massac 402   282   684   657
              McDonough   738   351   1089 1109
              McHenry 191   101   292   377
              McLean 550   229   779   672
              Menard 334   133   467   447
              Mercer 674   301   975   871
              Monroe 722   273   995   1087
              Montgomery   820   308   1128 1191
              Morgan 626   303   929   1093
              Moultrie     232   106   338   291
              Ogle   742   343   1085 1108
              Peoria 1074 484   1558 1513
              Perry   823   417   1240 1345
              Piatt   127   74   201   194
              Pike   1957 1173 3130 3265
              Pope   1294 418   1712 1769
              Pulaski 466   292   758   724
              Putnam 355   141   496   558
              Randolph     1520 672   2192 2256
              Richland     545   265   810   878
              Rock Island   591   305   896   914
              Saline 720   346   1066 962
              Sangamon     569   269   838   830
              Schuyler     1130 526   1656 1685
              Scott   377   211   588   559
              Shelby 1012 399   1411 1442
              St. Clair   662   240   902   922
              Stark   261   100   361   306
              Stephenson   789   303   1092 936
              Tazewell     514   198   712   735
              Union   1162 518   1680 1761
              Vermilion   609   268   877   823
              Wabash 194   119   313   310
              Warren 429   214   643   610
              Washington   799   353   1152 1172
              Wayne   1210 594   1804 1888
              White   662   360   1022 1043
              Whiteside   627   222   849   771
              Will   208   149   357   362
              Williamson   1110 554   1664 1625
              Winnebago   307   120   427   447
              Woodford     700   276   976   933
              Total   68037 30663 98700 99419

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The fact that they killed 700+ less deer is not that big of a deal. BUT….what the IDNR is not telling here is that they also sold well over 20,000 more tags this year.

IDNR press releases from just before the first gunseason state =

2009 =  350,000 tags sold

2010 = 370,000 tags sold

PLUS they continue to sell tags OTC through the last day of seasons

It looks like our IDNR added about a 7-9% increase to the number of allowed firearm tags.

So hunter success continues to decline over the last several years. The IL deerherd is on the decline, BUT the IDNR is still continuing to step up measure to bring the herd numbers down statewide ??????

It also looks like the IDNR is NOT taking any counties out of the late season deerherd reduction program, AGAIN this year.

BTW….only 27 counties are NOT in the herd reduction program

So we are left to assume that the IDNR is very happy with the way the IL deerherd is being killed off.

I am very sure that the IL Farm Bureau is very happy with all of this too.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/10 at 01:52 PM

you cannot determine hunter success by amount of tags sold, you would actually have to compare amount of trips taken, their might have been more sold but you cant say whether or not people took every opporitunity they could to go hunting. also having a major winter storm on the weekend of one of the hunts might have been a huge factor also. the only way you can state a decline is over a longer period of time say 10 years or so , there are too many other factors to make to take into effect to make a year by year comparison. Things such as weather, the harvest, the economy, annual deer movements, etc. Im sure with the economy that even with more tags sold alot of people didnt go get leases and chose to either hunt local or on public land

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/10 at 05:19 PM

Thats what I thought….alot more tags sold and less deer taken. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out the deer herd is thinning out….it takes a liberal twit to stay the course down the wrong road though…........

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/10 at 07:53 PM

More tags don’t necessarily mean more hunters, more likely it means more tags per hunter. I am amazed by the number of people who want to see overpopulation of deer in Illinois. Why, so non-residents can shoot even more deer?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/12 at 11:31 AM

“More tags don’t necessarily mean more hunters, more likely it means more tags per hunter.”
Based on what did you come up with that? More tags sold means just that….more tags sold. If IL. was so over populated those tags would be getting filled…...
IL. needs to reduce non resident hunters, not the deer herd.
Bottom line is…more tags sold and less deer harvested = problem.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/12 at 03:30 PM

Privateowner…there are lots of ways that someone COULD figure deerhunter success rates.
You could do it by =
Kills/hunter
Kills/permit
Kills/hrs hunted
Kills/days hunted
ect ect…...
The only way we have to figure it, with the VERY VERY VERY limited info that our IDNR gives out, is by the deer killed/permits sold.

IF…..you have OR can find enough factual info, from any of the last few years, feel free to share it with us !

I for one would love to see it !!!!

Good Luck with that…..

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Randyman…..are trying to imply that with over 20,000 more permits sold, that you don’t think that any of them were bought by new hunters ????

20,000 permits were bought as additional tags ?????

I never said that we had 20,000 more hunter, just tags sold. Sure some of them were bought as a 2nd or 3rd permit, BUT a lot were bought by people who didn’t already have a tag.

The state

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/12 at 10:59 PM

Why does everyone say we need to reduce, non residents, do u know how much money they spend in Illinois, im not talking tags, im talking eating at restaurant, gas, ect..  100’s of dollars a day!! Helping our economy, it doesnt matter where the hunters from it matters how they treat the land and inhabitants!

If we cut off the non residents.. Things would be the same, but then we would be the only ones to blame!! We should take care of the herd and land….. But it easier to blame the non res!

Illinois residents need to be educated the issues!! As well as non residents.

Show me some facts where non residents are the ones messing up our herd, or bad for Illinois?!?

This isn’t aimed at anyone, I have herd many people talk about how we should have less out of staters….


FACT IDNR has their agenda!!!! Prolly not the same as yours!!

So think before you take their words for the Holy Grail..

IDNR didn’t hasn’t been killing an extra 20000(LWAS) deer a year for the past 3 years…that has been hunters who didn’t monitor their herd, and just killed does because the state said to!  And now their not seeing deer, don’t blame the dnr!

Hey theres farms that I don’t shoot does on. Because I know the herd.

It’s a shame it become about killing deer!! Not hunting!

Posted by food plot phil on 12/13 at 08:35 AM

“Why does everyone say we need to reduce, non residents, do u know how much money they spend in Illinois, im not talking tags, im talking eating at restaurant, gas, ect..  100’s of dollars a day!! Helping our economy, it doesnt matter where the hunters from it matters how they treat the land and inhabitants!

If we cut off the non residents.. Things would be the same, but then we would be the only ones to blame!! We should take care of the herd and land….. But it easier to blame the non res!

Illinois residents need to be educated the issues!! As well as non residents.

Show me some facts where non residents are the ones messing up our herd, or bad for Illinois?!?

This isn’t aimed at anyone, I have herd many people talk about how we should have less out of staters….”

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Couldn’t agree more Phil.  Non residents aren’t the problem… IDIOTS are the problem.  I hunt in several different counties in IL and I haven’t had one issue with a NR.  The only problem’s I’ve had are local residents feeling like they’re entitled to neighboring properties because they have easy access and encounters are slim.  I lost a great place to hunt because some “locals” slipped in from the backside of the property and did what they wanted without permission.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/13 at 02:38 PM

OK so why dont we all do our part and NOT participate in the late season doe seasons. Its a start. I know I want to be out there and I would like to fill my unused firearm tags..BUT I WONT.
There needs to be some re-education of many in IL..or we’ll have nothing to put in to the freezer ot Hang on the wall from time to time.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/15 at 07:13 AM

screw it this sites going to crap anyhow, we get like 2 articles a week anymore

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/16 at 10:23 PM

Ok I am trying to understand the “naysayers” logic.  Would you be happy if we were still breaking harvest records every year?  There were 1,500 less deer killed this year…Statewide. Thats a pretty small margain.  So what if that small margain went the other way and the harvest was up 1,500.  What would the argument be then?  Would you argue then that the population increased from the year before?  No, you would argue that it was because more tags were issued.  In 96 there were 9,418 less deer killed during gun season than in 95. Hunters were mad thinking that the herd was in bad shape. That was obviously not the case. Who was to blame then Outfitters, Non-residents, DNR,insurance companies?  Seems to me that this argument is going to go on forever since there is no baseline number which to gauge harvest data on.  Factors such as weather, crop harvest, hunter participation, etc. are going to vary every single year.  Which means there is no such thing as a normal year.  If someone has a bad season they need to find an excuse.  That will never change.

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