Archery hunters tally 7,932 deer during the first week

October 09, 2012 at 06:00 PM

Through Oct. 8,  Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 7,932 deer, a little off last year’s pace but above average for the past five years.

“Although the season started slowly because of a Monday opener, harvest picked up significantly over the weekend with excellent hunting conditions,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton in an e-mail.

Last year’s season opened on a Saturday, and hunters posted a first week total of 8,272.

Over the past five years, archery hunters have averaged 7,292 from Oct. 1 - 8.

“Generally speaking, counties to the north and west did better than last year, while counties to the south and east lagged behind last year,” Shelton said.

Harvest ratios to date consisted of 69 percent does and 31 percent males (5504; 2428). 

Here are the county-by-county totals provided by DNR:

The top five counties were Pike (291), Fulton (235), Peoria (190), Vermilion (169), and LaSalle (167).  Illinois hunting and fishing