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Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois archery harvest on record pace

October 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Illinois archery deer hunters continue to be on a record pace for overall harvest through the first 11 days of the season.

The archery harvest through Oct. 11 was 11,945. That’s the best on record and compares to 8,958 in 2008, 5,982 in 2007, 9,949 in 2006 and 11,841 in 2005.

“Cool weather conditions continue to encourage hunter participation,” writes deer biologist Paul Shelton. “A few rainy days dampened harvest somewhat during last week, but harvest continues to be strong.”

The same is true for Kathy Long of Morton (pictured above), a 27-year-old kindergarten teacher who shot her first buck with a bow. She shot the Tazewell County 4-pointer Saturday morning.

Overall in Illinois, the top five counties so far are:

  • 1. Pike (580)
  • 2. Jefferson (336)
  • 3. Fulton (331)
  • 4. LaSalle (276)
  • 5. Peoria (268)

Harvest sex ratios to date (including both archery and youth firearm deer season) have been 67.6% female; 32.4% male.



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Evidently, standing corn has little effect on deer harvest numbers?!

Posted by Marc Anthony on 10/12 at 01:23 PM

Standing corn will have a bigger effect once a lot of the beans are out and the slugs start flying!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/12 at 01:49 PM

its amazing just last year our dear population lay in ruin waiting to be put on the endangered species list according to a few of the posts i read last year

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/12 at 05:21 PM

The cool temps have a lot to do with it! The deer are moving BIG TIME! Can’t complain this is the first year I’ve not had to worry about getting ate up by bugs sitting in the stand!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/13 at 12:28 AM

It’s the weather folks plain and simple. Cooler temps mean more hunter hours in the woods and more deer movement. In addition far more guys are going to harvest a doe when it’s 40 degrees as vs to 80 degrees. A large amount of the hunters process their own deer up and if they can’t hang them in the garage or barn they will not take one until the temps allow them to. Plus in 70 or 80 degree temps you have to really move fast tracking, gutting, cutting up and iceing down. This harvest rate has nothing to do with the deer population this year- it’s all about hunter willingness to fill doe tags, in temps and conditions that are appropriate. Hunter behavior and motivation are concepts the DNR has never really had a handle on.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/13 at 06:58 AM

There has to be DEER to fill a tag. Even if the weather is cool, that wouldn’t be the single factor.  The deer population isn’t in dismay like so many on this site said 1 year ago today. And to the big rack chasers, dont worry, it appears big bucks are still on the loose.

instead of attributing it to something like cold weather, when last year we had a horrible harvest because of “standing corn”, why dont people just come to the conclusion Illinois has a heck of a lot of deer and they will get shot when hunters take the woods. it really is that simple.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/13 at 08:49 AM

Actually, the deer population numbers are showing higher IN the couties, that we metioned last year, that are over popluated with does. These top 5 counties above just happen to be highly outfitted. If the numbers are higher eveywhere else, I would agree that it is due to the weather being optimum for movement and hunter paticipation. Bottom line is we do have standing corn and the numbers are better than last year, more evidence that all criteria isn’t properly evaluated when issuing state wide permits.

Posted by Marc Anthony on 10/13 at 09:02 AM

With an approximate 76% doe kill in western IL, It would suggest that local hunters are getting out more with the cooler weather. Jeff2020, I would also agree with you that the outfitter’s business would not be increased as of yet and these numbers are coming from more localized participation. There are so many factors that aren’t taken into consideration when issuing state wide permits, it’s just insane. Here in Central, IL. where I hunt, you’d be hard pressed to see any deer 1 out of every 5 times out. I’m now pushing into Marshall co. just to get some action.

Posted by Marc Anthony on 10/13 at 03:36 PM

I love this cooler weather.  But I still have been fighting some bugs around my stand

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/14 at 11:05 AM

Congratulations Kathy!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/14 at 10:18 PM

Where is the full county totals (like was posted for the first 4 days)?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/15 at 11:51 AM

I saw a big bodied buck moving at about 5:30pm yesterday. I just got home from work and picked up the binocs just in time to catch a glimpse of him before he disappeared behind some trees.  I didn’t get a chance to judge the rack, but looked decent at 600+yds.  I guess they don’t spend all there time in the cornfields! LOL

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/15 at 02:42 PM

Man, where I’m at, seeing a descent amount of doe’s and young bucks (mainly same deer day after day)but no shot opportunities. My stepdad was lucky enough to tag a doe, but my mom and I haven’t got squat yet. Though we do have evidence of a monster buck walking a main trail by our stands, we just can’t seem to be in the stand when he shows up. I’m guessing a night mover. Can’t intercept him either because he mainly hangs out on the neighbors property with nothing but CPR grass between his feed and bedding

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/15 at 09:21 PM

I have 2 conclusions-

1. The high harvest thus far is directly related to the weather as so many intelligent hunters have already posted


2.lungbuster is socially and mentally challenged

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/15 at 09:42 PM

Well I was out all day during the youth season here in central Illinois and it seems to me the weather has them moving all right,late mornings and early afternoon was when we seen em.
Managed to get the nephew onto both a doe and a spike on a place I’d never hunted, so I know they are on the move. Now if someone on here has a cure for buck or I should say doe fever since we didn’t shoot at the spike please let me know.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/15 at 10:45 PM

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