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Illinois firearm hunters kill 66,501 deer during first season

November 23, 2011 at 09:27 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Despite windy weather that made for challenging hunting conditions, Illinois firearm deer hunters killed 66,501 deer during the first weekend of firearm deer season, Nov. 18-20.

The first weekend’s preliminary total compares favorably with 68,037 deer killed during the first weekend in 2010 and 66,126 in 2009.

Pike County hunters registered the most deer killed with 1,917.

Adams County was next with 1,784, following by Fulton (1,775), JoDaviess (1,664) and Jefferson (1,496).

The seven-day firearm season is the state’s most popular with more than 330,000 deer permits sold.

The second segment will be held Dec. 1 – 4.

In 2010, the total number of deer taken during the entire seven-day firearm season was 98,944.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton said windy conditions were a challenge, but otherwise, hunters enjoyed fairly typical fall weather.

Illinois Conservation Police officers conducted license and permit checks during the first weekend.

Officers issued 547 citations for wildlife code violations and 630 written warnings.

Hunters are reminded to register their deer by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest by calling (866) 452-4325.

Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties must take their deer to county check stations by 8 p.m. on the day of harvest.

DNR is collecting samples to look for instances of chronic wasting disease in these counties.

Other deer-hunting opportunities remain.

The muzzleloader-only deer season is Dec. 9-11. 

The late-winter antlerless-only firearm deer season and the CWD deer season are Dec. 29 -Jan. 1 and Jan. 13-15. 

Archery deer season is open through Jan. 15.

County by county totals are below.

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first weekend of the 2011 firearm deer season and comparable figures for the first season in 2010.


County 2011 2010

Adams 1784 1741
Alexander 326 296
Bond 551 535
Boone 95 90
Brown 846 892
Bureau 905 1024
Calhoun 713 668
Carroll 708 756
Cass 445 458
Champaign 195 219
Christian 510 459
Clark 871 940
Clay 938 947
Clinton 583 588
Coles 530 560
Crawford 749 819
Cumberland 663 641
DeKalb 131 157
DeWitt 288 283
Douglas 176 131
Edgar 513 565
Edwards 248 325
Effingham 745 774
Fayette 1322 1264
Ford 85 101
Franklin 852 820
Fulton 1775 1721
Gallatin 365 402
Greene 917 986
Grundy 298 300
Hamilton 748 812
Hancock 1412 1291
Hardin 780 696
Henderson 423 449
Henry 532 545
Iroquois 481 502
Jackson 1476 1502
Jasper 819 861
Jefferson 1496 1475
Jersey 554 625
JoDaviess 1664 1640
Johnson 1267 1202
Kane 28 37
Kankakee 147 151
Kendall 55 53
Knox 1022 1021
Lake 6 5
LaSalle 812 878
Lawrence 351 399
Lee 509 531
Livingston 394 454
Logan 305 285
Macon 227 200
Macoupin 1184 1192
Madison 606 651
Marion 1218 1276
Marshall 561 569
Mason 443 439
Massac 390 402
McDonough 698 738
McHenry 214 191
McLean 483 550
Menard 272 334
Mercer 671 674
Monroe 661 722
Montgomery 834 820
Morgan 650 626
Moultrie 227 232
Ogle 740 742
Peoria 1051 1074
Perry 822 823
Piatt 125 127
Pike 1917 1957
Pope 1360 1294
Pulaski 433 466
Putnam 324 355
Randolph 1406 1520
Richland 524 545
Rock Island 638 591
Saline 688 720
Sangamon 524 569
Schuyler 1120 1130
Scott 357 377
Shelby 1002 1012
St. Clair 651 662
Stark 206 261
Stephenson 687 789
Tazewell 488 514
Union 1163 1162
Vermilion 628 609
Wabash 171 194
Warren 435 429
Washington 754 799
Wayne 1238 1210
White 606 662
Whiteside 512 627
Will 225 208
Williamson 1103 1110
Winnebago 306 307
Woodford 550 700

Total 66501 68037

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