Illinois muzzleloader hunters shoot 4,697 deer

December 16, 2009 at 11:29 AM

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters participating in the 2009 Illinois Muzzleloader Deer Hunt harvested a preliminary total of 4,697 deer during the season conducted on Dec. 11-13.  The harvest compares with the 4,310 deer taken by hunters during the 2008 muzzleloader season and is the third-highest total on record, behind 2006 (5,973) and 2005 (4,879).

The top county harvest totals for the 2009 muzzleloader season were in Pike (221), Fulton (124), Jo Daviess (114), Hancock (109), and Jefferson (103) counties.

Both firearm and archery deer hunting opportunities are still available for hunters in Illinois prior to the end of the 2009-2010 deer hunting seasons on Jan. 17, 2010. 

The expanded seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season are Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 and Jan. 15-17, 2010.  The statewide Archery Deer Hunting season continues through Jan. 17, 2010.  Permits are available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit agents for each of these seasons.

Hunters are reminded that not all counties are open for the remaining firearm seasons.  For more details on which counties are open for the Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons, and for other deer hunting regulations information, click here.

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the 2009 Illinois Muzzleloader Deer Season and the comparable county harvest totals for 2008.

County 2008 2009
Adams 70 81
Alexander 34 33
Bond 19 30
Boone 10 7
Brown 83 72
Bureau 77 96
Calhoun 66 91
Carroll 51 56
Cass 28 39
Champaign 22 44
Christian 30 27
Clark 53 62
Clay 51 46
Clinton 19 24
Coles 24 16
Crawford 56 40
Cumberland 24 26
DeKalb 8 17
DeWitt 30 29
Douglas 6 12
Edgar 35 43
Edwards 16 25
Effingham 35 23
Fayette 70 60
Ford 7 7
Franklin 43 48
Fulton 93 124
Gallatin 49 42
Greene 60 57
Grundy 18 23
Hamilton 45 54
Hancock 82 109
Hardin 54 67
Henderson 22 27
Henry 39 56
Iroquois 49 47
Jackson 62 81
Jasper 55 62
Jefferson 136 103
Jersey 24 34
JoDaviess 112 114
Johnson 68 67
Kane 5 3
Kankakee 12 14
Kendall 10 14
Knox 66 85
LaSalle 55 71
Lawrence 21 28
Lee 21 47
Livingston 24 30
Logan 21 19
Macon 37 32
Macoupin 65 56
Madison 40 33
Marion 103 68
Marshall 26 35
Mason 52 34
Massac 15 41
McDonough 38 64
McHenry 20 18
McLean 38 49
Menard 24 25
Mercer 28 50
Monroe 25 24
Montgomery 32 36
Morgan 43 39
Moultrie 32 28
Ogle 46 58
Peoria 57 68
Perry 37 37
Piatt 7 10
Pike 219 221
Pope 47 63
Pulaski 37 36
Putnam 37 37
Randolph 70 82
Richland 25 22
Rock Island 38 43
Saline 44 56
Sangamon 46 45
Schuyler 95 93
Scott 20 27
Shelby 71 53
St. Clair 21 40
Stark 17 22
Stephenson 44 37
Tazewell 20 31
Union 80 79
Vermilion 50 52
Wabash 12 11
Warren 26 29
Washington 28 37
Wayne 81 79
White 69 61
Whiteside 34 50
Will 22 26
Williamson 44 50
Winnebago 29 23
Woodford 49 55
Total 4310 4697