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First weekend of firearm season numbers

November 23, 2010 at 05:07 PM

Breakdown of deer harvest by county:

County 2010 2009
Adams 1741 1614
Alexander 296 328
Bond 535 566
Boone 90 102
Brown 892 938
Bureau 1024 820
Calhoun 668 858
Carroll 756 698
Cass 458 494
Champaign219 171
Christian 459 400
Clark 940 908
Clay 947 942
Clinton 588 581
Coles 560 502
Crawford 819 798
Cumberland 641 617
DeKalb 157 126
DeWitt 283 250
Douglas 131 130
Edgar 565 528
Edwards 325 366
Effingham 774 765
Fayette 1264 1336
Ford 101 74
Franklin 820 779
Fulton 1721 1725
Gallatin 402 421
Greene 986 873
Grundy 300 274
Hamilton 812 872
Hancock 1291 1215
Hardin 696 747
Henderson 449 390
Henry 545 479
Iroquois 502 387
Jackson 1502 1416
Jasper 861 837
Jefferson 1475 1606
Jersey 625 585
JoDaviess 1640 1493
Johnson 1202 1304
Kane 37 38
Kankakee 151 121
Kendall 53 59
Knox 1021 866
Lake 5 9
LaSalle 878 756
Lawrence 399 457
Lee 531 436
Livingston 454 316
Logan 285 235
Macon 200 203
Macoupin 1192 1200
Madison 651 638
Marion 1276 1374
Marshall 569 548
Mason 439 443
Massac 402 425
McDonough 738 707
McHenry 191 215
McLean 550 450
Menard 334 310
Mercer 674 551
Monroe 722 792
Montgomery 820 841
Morgan 626 732
Moultrie 232 206
Ogle 742 645
Peoria 1074 1012
Perry 823 899
Piatt 127 115
Pike 1957 2012
Pope 1294 1275
Pulaski 466 471
Putnam 355 365
Randolph 1520 1576
Richland 545 614
Rock Island 591 578
Saline 720 644
Sangamon 569 541
Schuyler 1130 1114
Scott 377 368
Shelby 1012 996
St. Clair 662 656
Stark 261 186
Stephenson 789 547
Tazewell 514 505
Union 1162 1168
Vermilion 609 472
Wabash 194 211
Warren 429 388
Washington 799 839
Wayne 1210 1247
White 662 692
Whiteside 627 501
Will 208 214
Williamson 1110 1101
Winnebago 307 269
Woodford 700 662
Total 68,037 66,126

Illinois deer hunters killed just over 68,000 deer during the first weekend of the traditional firearm season held Nov. 19-21.

The seven-day firearm season wraps up Dec. 2-5.

The preliminary total of 68,037 if up from last year’s first weekend total of 66,126 and just below the 71,894 deer killed during the first half of the 2008 season.

Last year’s total for the entire seven-day season was 99,493.

Pike County leads the way with 1,957. Hunters in Adams County bagged 1,741, with Fulton County not far behind with 1,721.

Joe Daviess County was in fourth place with 1,640, and Randolph County rounds out the top five with 1,520.

This time around, hunters did not have to contend with fields of corn still waiting to be harvested. The presence of standing corn, that can provide additional cover for deer, was a common complaint last year.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reports it issued for than 370,000 firearm deer hunting permits for the 2010 season.

Although the traditional firearm season concludes Dec. 5, archery deer hunting continues through Jan. 16.

Deer season for hunters using muzzleloading rifles only, will be Dec. 10-12.

Two segments of the late-winter antlerless-only firearm deer season, and the special CWD season will be held Dec. 30 - Jan. 2 and Jan. 14 – 16.

The statewide archery harvest stands at 54,106 as of Tuesday afternoon. Last year’s total number of deer killed by archery hunters was 64,864.

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This seems to prove what I have always thought and said. Standing corn is not the issue many think it is. Deer tend to live in the woods, not in cornfields. In over 35 years of combining untold acres of corn, I have seen relatively few deer in standing corn. They feed on the edges of the fields, but they don’t stay in them. The last 2 years are a perfect contrast to each other as far as standing corn goes. This years good weather probably had more affect on the 2000 extra deer killed over last year.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/24 at 11:46 AM

ill sit back and wait for the inevitable know it alls to starts complaining about the numbers and blaming it on everything from obamacare to global warming…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/24 at 02:34 PM

I hear ya PrivateOwner. 

Does PSO have any proofreaders on staff?  Sheesh - my 12 year old doesn’t end sentences like the one in the article above “Hunters did not have to contend with fields of corn still waiting to be harvested this.”

Also, in past years, the “article after shotgun season” had a link to the doc listing the numbers by county.  Could that be added?  Thanks.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/24 at 04:38 PM

Jeff Lampe over on Heartland Outdoors has the breakdown numbers by county for last year and this year.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/24 at 05:37 PM

I think the deer herds at least in my area are at or slightly below their capacity, much fewer than three or four years ago but probably healthier for it. Ive been seeing very few deer kills on the U.S. 67 between monmouth and the quad cities, and only one or two between kiethsburg and muscatine Ia on the blacktop. A couple of years ago this area looked like a meat grinder went insane with all the road kills. When hunting im seeing fewer but larger and better conditioned deer. Coyotes are getting very numerous and decidedly more aggressive so that may be having more effect than anyone can really know. Weve never lost livestock or deer kills to coyotes until this year.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/25 at 11:45 AM

Coyotes are getting very numerous and decidedly more aggressive so that may be having more effect than anyone can really know.

Posted by olomixolo on 11/25 at 10:05 PM

The crops were out…the weather was perfect…the timing of the hunt was perfect…why wouldn’t we have expected to kill more deer than last year’s first weekend?  Looking at the harvest figures from another perspective, one could ask just as correctly, why didn’t we harvest a lot more than just 68,037?  The figure that should be of lot more concern to deer hunters is the 15,000 deer discrepancy in the archery numbers.  With no corn in the fields, excellent weather this Fall, there is no reason that the archers should not have killed at least as many as last year at this time.  The only plausible reason for not doing so is because the total number of deer in Illinois is down, again, for the fifth season in a row.  Now is the time for the IDOC to admit this as fact and to take another look at those counties that are open for the late anterless hunts.  The management goal was to decrease the herd to the point that auto/deer collisions leveled off to the targeted year accident rate.  I believe that we are there, and now is the time to ease back on whacking and stacking does in January.  What do you think?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/26 at 12:08 AM

lmao.. and just as expected here comes the naysayers saying the deer herd is down even so the harvest is up.As for the archery total the total listed for last year is for all of last year and there is still almost 2 months left so i dont see why it wont pass last years total. Also its a 10k difference not 15 k; 64,864 last year 54,106 as of Tuesday afternoon with archery season lasting till jan 17. If anything those increased numbers are suprising seeing as deer hunting costs money and the economy is in the crapper and im sure that that less trips are being taken by people then in previous years.Also pretty sure there is a rise in poaching.
As for the coyotes i totally agree, i think they are getting to the point of a nuisance and i have seen more roadkill coyote then deer this year which is suprising to me.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/26 at 03:07 AM

I have seen more coyotes while bow hunting this year than ever before. Have even seen some red fox this year which is very very rare for me.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/26 at 02:45 PM

My county increased but I didn’t see a thing in 3 days.  On the subject of coyotes; shot a Yote once.  Felt bad about it.  Looked too much like my moose mutts at home. Locals were/are having problems with coyotes killing sheep…so I was trying to thin the herd.  They are getting more aggressive. 

Field dressed a deer last year (at night), and couldn’t leave it to get my truck since the coyotes were waiting for an opportunity to chow down.  They would stage just out of sight in the woods.  Had to call my son to bring the hauler out. I was sort of surprised how close they came to me.  They had a nice gut pile to snarf on after we left.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/26 at 04:48 PM

I’d like to see the number of tags sold -vs- tags filled for the past few years…...

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/27 at 11:44 AM

the amount of tags sold doesnt mean anything in the deer count. i buy tags every year and hardly ever use them all. just cause a tag is sold doesnt mean its actually being used and even with more being sold it still doesnt mean there is actually more days hunted vs the number of deer harvested. every year someone says “oh look at all tags sold and the deer harvest is the same” and try to make it seem like people are less sucessful and that the deer herd is on the verge of extinction.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/27 at 02:31 PM

Stormy, A good friend and deer hunting pal who happens to be a Mercer County deputy reports that he’s had many more deer/car accident reports this year than last. I tend to go with his assessment since he’s out in it most every day.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/27 at 05:20 PM

Matherville Mad Man, You are assuming that the deer car collision numbers mirror the area your friend Stormy patrols. I will wait to see it this holds true or otherwise. It appears to me that the southern counties that I travel will see lower numbers? Either way there are lots of variables with deer/car numbers. As far as my “unscientific” observations, our area is seeing fewer deer over the last few years.

Posted by knob on 11/28 at 08:04 AM

Lots of deer, but only a spike buck and another buck taken out of 8 guys.  We’re passed up everything looking for Mr. Special.  Probably do the same thing next Thursday and Friday.  Then all bets are off…

Lots of coyotes, too, and we like it that way…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/28 at 10:28 AM

Hubby and I went out Friday morning. He seen deer all over the place. Me on the other hand did not see anything where i was sitting. We went out that evening and he got a button buck, me shot at one and missed. We went out saturday morning with our daughter. It was so fogging that a deer could have crawled into our laps before we would have known it. Finally I seen a very big doe, took the shot, got her, 5 mins later hubby shot, and then 15 later daughter had her deer down. Within 30 mins we all had deer down and it was only 7:30 in the morning.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/28 at 06:27 PM

Just like the stock market, it’s a shame that our state-wide deer herd cannot perpetually increase. We’re entering a new era in deer hunting which will require a new hunter attitudes. At least for the short term it’ll mean hunting elbow-to-elbow with other hunters - resident and NR alike - until the majority feel that the sport is not wort the effort and participation begins to wane. Unless you’ve got 1000+ acres that you can seclude to yourself, this will be the reality for the foreseable future. Communication with your fellow hunters will go a long way, as will the acceptance to eat tags on a more regular basis. I’ve eaten tags for three straight years until this year and I finally made the decision to take a doe because our local herd was getting too numerous. It also helps that I hunt one of the lesser-known counties outside of the “golden triangle”. What a joke that is. smile

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/28 at 07:10 PM

Hunter success rates have been steadily dropping for several years.

The state sold well over 20,000 more permits & killed less then 2,000 more deer.

Over 370,000 permits sold this year VS 350,000 in 2009

That is less then a 10 percent success rate on the 20,000 more permits.

BUT…. the state got a lot more money from us & the deer herd is getting killed off, just like the state & the FB wants.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/29 at 08:01 AM

ShelbyHunter…what you’re saying about the “golden triangle” has some merit.  Go check out LandGuys.net.  Take a look at some of the bucks being chased around on the 413 acre farm that’s for sale in southern Knox County.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/29 at 09:40 AM

Golden triangle, it’s a marketing scheme just like scent lock!!  hahaha has many hunter as they run through there.. yeah they kill more deer but they have more timber and hunters.. And also yeah, they kill bucks 130-150.. few make it 4.5 or 5.5. Not that those arent good bucks,(130-150) but if you want a monster you’re better off going elsewhere!! In my opinion knox and hancock are just as good as any if not better… but I wouldn’t going telling people.. keep that a secret!!
Central Illinois is a platinum triangle! Peoria, fulton, schyler. Etc…Illinois in general!!

# 1 thing I don’t want on a farm I hunt PRESSURE!!

Good luck hunting

Posted by food plot phil on 11/29 at 05:49 PM

Deer Numbers - well, I, like many, thought - hoped - the deer were in the standing crops last year. However, as I bow hunted in 2009 it became pretty evident that the deer I was seeing were the same ones with few “roaming bucks” coming thru. I saw only a few 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 yr olds on my farm which has several food plots. This year grew worse - I have seen only 1- 2 1/2yr old buck, 2 well over 4 1/2 and 1 doe over 2 1/2 when in past years I would pass up maybe 10 - 15 nice 2 1/2 yr olds. Like many posts above I am not seeing deer even out in fields that normally would have many. I think we lost a huge number of fawns 2 - 3 yrs ago. Here’s my thoughts.
  In 2006 and 2007 I believe, we lost huge numbers of adult deer from “Blue Tongue”, then in 2008 we had a huge harvest increase - like 51,000 if memory serves me. Then in spring of 2008 and 2009 we had never ending rain storms during the fawning period. I am thinking many may have been born, gotten wet and cold several days in a row, and died from hypothermia and pneumonia??? Not to mention the ones that drowned or were displaced from good cover making them easier prey for coyotes.
  Now,I think it points to a MAJOR decline in quality buck harvest for some years to come. Our early gun numbers are up, but from the many I have spoke to statewide they are seeing the same thing, either very small deer or very big - the mid range is just not there in any numbers.
  Friends in Mo and Iowa report the same, so what other than weather could effect a fawn crop in multiple surrounding states?
  I think we need to be very careful on our buck harvests for a couple years if we want to have “quality” bucks to hunt. One very harsh winter, another tough spring, and we may see numbers much lower than anybody would like to see for a long time to come.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/30 at 08:40 AM

But the DNR deer czar is firm that the most deer that have ever died statewide from EHD (Bluetounge) is 1,100. smile I will throw my dollar in the prediction pot….......... When all seasons are completed, total deer harvest will be down. Quality buck harvest will be way up this year due to the vulnerability of 100% crop harvest statewide this year. 2011/12 will be slimmer pickings on quality bucks due to this years harvest. This is on a statewide basis…....... your results may vary.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/02 at 06:19 AM

I think you are right on Colonel…
I would like to see these changes.
1 buck per hunter per year - period.
2 antlerless only tags - but, if you shoot a antlerless buck ( ie button fawn buck ) you must apply your buck tag if it is still open.
  A friend said how can you tell at 75 yards or further if its a button buck? Simple, if you can’t tell and don’t want to validate an open buck tag DON’T Shoot it!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/07 at 03:49 PM

smokey, couldnt agree with you more. i am a taxidermist and have watched the quaility of deer go down. to many deer killed. no one needs to kill more then three.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/08 at 09:23 AM

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