First weekend of firearm season numbers

November 23, 2010 at 05:07 PM

Breakdown of deer harvest by county:

County 2010 2009
Adams 1741 1614
Alexander 296 328
Bond 535 566
Boone 90 102
Brown 892 938
Bureau 1024 820
Calhoun 668 858
Carroll 756 698
Cass 458 494
Champaign219 171
Christian 459 400
Clark 940 908
Clay 947 942
Clinton 588 581
Coles 560 502
Crawford 819 798
Cumberland 641 617
DeKalb 157 126
DeWitt 283 250
Douglas 131 130
Edgar 565 528
Edwards 325 366
Effingham 774 765
Fayette 1264 1336
Ford 101 74
Franklin 820 779
Fulton 1721 1725
Gallatin 402 421
Greene 986 873
Grundy 300 274
Hamilton 812 872
Hancock 1291 1215
Hardin 696 747
Henderson 449 390
Henry 545 479
Iroquois 502 387
Jackson 1502 1416
Jasper 861 837
Jefferson 1475 1606
Jersey 625 585
JoDaviess 1640 1493
Johnson 1202 1304
Kane 37 38
Kankakee 151 121
Kendall 53 59
Knox 1021 866
Lake 5 9
LaSalle 878 756
Lawrence 399 457
Lee 531 436
Livingston 454 316
Logan 285 235
Macon 200 203
Macoupin 1192 1200
Madison 651 638
Marion 1276 1374
Marshall 569 548
Mason 439 443
Massac 402 425
McDonough 738 707
McHenry 191 215
McLean 550 450
Menard 334 310
Mercer 674 551
Monroe 722 792
Montgomery 820 841
Morgan 626 732
Moultrie 232 206
Ogle 742 645
Peoria 1074 1012
Perry 823 899
Piatt 127 115
Pike 1957 2012
Pope 1294 1275
Pulaski 466 471
Putnam 355 365
Randolph 1520 1576
Richland 545 614
Rock Island 591 578
Saline 720 644
Sangamon 569 541
Schuyler 1130 1114
Scott 377 368
Shelby 1012 996
St. Clair 662 656
Stark 261 186
Stephenson 789 547
Tazewell 514 505
Union 1162 1168
Vermilion 609 472
Wabash 194 211
Warren 429 388
Washington 799 839
Wayne 1210 1247
White 662 692
Whiteside 627 501
Will 208 214
Williamson 1110 1101
Winnebago 307 269
Woodford 700 662
Total 68,037 66,126

Illinois deer hunters killed just over 68,000 deer during the first weekend of the traditional firearm season held Nov. 19-21.

The seven-day firearm season wraps up Dec. 2-5.

The preliminary total of 68,037 if up from last year’s first weekend total of 66,126 and just below the 71,894 deer killed during the first half of the 2008 season.

Last year’s total for the entire seven-day season was 99,493.

Pike County leads the way with 1,957. Hunters in Adams County bagged 1,741, with Fulton County not far behind with 1,721.

Joe Daviess County was in fourth place with 1,640, and Randolph County rounds out the top five with 1,520.

This time around, hunters did not have to contend with fields of corn still waiting to be harvested. The presence of standing corn, that can provide additional cover for deer, was a common complaint last year.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reports it issued for than 370,000 firearm deer hunting permits for the 2010 season.

Although the traditional firearm season concludes Dec. 5, archery deer hunting continues through Jan. 16.

Deer season for hunters using muzzleloading rifles only, will be Dec. 10-12.

Two segments of the late-winter antlerless-only firearm deer season, and the special CWD season will be held Dec. 30 - Jan. 2 and Jan. 14 – 16.

The statewide archery harvest stands at 54,106 as of Tuesday afternoon. Last year’s total number of deer killed by archery hunters was 64,864.