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Illinois bowhunters shoot 64,934 deer

January 16, 2009 at 04:27 PM

According to very preliminary numbers, Illinois bowhunters shot an estimated 64,934 deer during the archery season that ended Thursday.

That’s up slightly from last year, when the kill total was 63,441, but is down from 2006 (65,154) and 2005 (66,538).

Top five counties were:

  1. Pike 3,762
  2. Fulton 1,825
  3. Jefferson 1,462
  4. Adams 1,403
  5. Peoria 1,323

Here is the complete Illinois county-by-county breakdown.

Preliminary_2008_archery_harvest.pdf

The Late-Winter Deer Season and the Special CWD Deer Season began today in select counties and end Sunday.

Among the last deer killed by bowhunters was this young buck shot by Bryan Kessel of Marion on Jan. 15.

Illinois hunting and fishing

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way to go stick and stringer’s…..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/16 at 05:44 PM

Nice little buck at least im not the only meat and potatoes hunter out there and i know theres alot more of us good job brothers. and better luck next year.for now we get to hunt sheds!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/16 at 07:45 PM

And Bryan is proof that you don’t have to have any particular camoflage pattern, or even matching camoflage to be successful. Way to go. Another successful year for Illinois bowhunters.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/16 at 08:03 PM

I think Deer Population numbers are down in many areas. I’m glad the 2008 seasons are all DONE! Congrats to all the Bow Hunters that had “FUN”! That trully is what it’s all about…I didn’t take a deer, but I did have “Fun”!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/18 at 05:53 PM

Am I the only person who thinks numbers? The bow hunters harvested allmost 65000 deer this year , now due to my job I dont have a chance to hunt. I grow xmas trees and yes we have damage to them our solution is to have a few friends in to hunt. Now if a permit costs 10.00 that equals $650,000 not counting unfilled tags,not a bad return for something that doesnt cost the state to produce.  Now then figure in all of those gun tags . Can any of you explain why we cant keep our parks open and the gas tanks on the CPOs trucks full!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/18 at 10:47 PM

If a permit cost’s $10.00,i’ve been getting ripped off for 20 years, cause i’ve never seen a $10.00 deer permit…..LOL   Just joking with ya.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 07:12 AM

Jeff, this report says numbers are up slightly, can you find out if hunter particapation is up also? Seems like a lot more bow hunters in my area.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 10:06 AM

Ga79

No, I can’t find an answer for that. But I agree with you. Bowhunter hours in the field have to be increasing.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 01/19 at 06:16 PM

spoons if you are having trouble with deer in your trees i would be more than happy to harvest a few does for you and save the bucks for your friends if thats at all possible give me a shout back

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 08:04 PM

In 50 plus years of growing trees we have learned how to live with the bucks ,just leave the trees that they damage,they will come back to that tree again next year and the next etc. We have 10 hunters now on 100 acres, so will have to put you on our waiting list. Thanks for the offer.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 09:18 PM

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