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Illinois muzzleloader hunt nets nearly 3,300 deer

January 08, 2011 at 07:26 PM

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Preliminary totals show that Illinois hunters took nearly 3,300 deer during this season’s muzzleloader-only hunt in December.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the figure from the December hunt is less than the just more than 4,700 deer that Illinois hunters took in 2009. The muzzleloader season’s record year was 2006 when hunters killed nearly 6,000 deer.

Department statistics show that Pike County had the highest number of deer killed statewide at 116. It is followed by 84 deer in Fulton County, 82 in Jo Daviess County, 77 in LaSalle County and 74 in both Bureau and Jefferson counties.

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Hmmmmmmmmm fewer deer during muzzle loader season too? Who didn’t see that one coming?

Posted by knob on 01/09 at 08:50 AM

With these fewer numbers it makes us wonder about our IDNR practices. They just shot over three hundred deer near us in three counties and left them lay. I guess thats the IDNRs way of checking for CWD. They could of least picked them up.

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

here we go with the doomsday profits again

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/09 at 10:11 AM

Simply choosing to be proactive rather than reactive. Are our deer numbers way too low, probable not at present, but the trend downward has a lot of us concerned. Many of us have lost faith in our DNR to do the right thing as far as the sportsman and sportswomen in this state.

Posted by knob on 01/09 at 10:32 AM

Do a search on top states reporting deer accidents and you wont find Illinois on the list until spot thirty one.  I found several years and it showed us I think as high as spot five in the 90’s.  Now are the deer getting smarter about crossing the roads despite the increasing amount of vehicles and roads being built?  Look at the harvest reports and you can start seeing a trend.  And factor in that the state has been increasing permit numbers and has implemented a late antler-less season The deer herd is on the decline folks.
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/deer-car-collisions-state-hit-deer-driving/story?id=11826266&page=2

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/09 at 04:57 PM

It sure is bigman and you just cant keep from seeing here where I live. Long seasons, no ck. ststions it’s adding up but same old story. All about money.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/10 at 08:20 AM

More non-res tags is the answer!!! HAHA!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/24 at 05:24 PM

If there are less deer than do not shoot as many on the land you hunt.  There are less deer on the land I hunt and we only to three 4 does on about 450 acrers of land.  Passed on 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year old bucks so that there would be more next year.  If the state is not going to cut permits than the hunter has to take action.  The hunter needs to change!!  If not then do not cry!

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