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Hunters Harvest 55,708 Deer During Illinois Firearm First Season

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 55,708 deer during the opening weekend of the 2013 Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 22-24, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today. The second portion of the firearm season will be Dec. 5-8.

The preliminary harvest total of 55,708 for the first three days of the 2013 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 72,111 deer during the 2012 deer season. For the entire seven-day firearm season in 2012, hunters harvested 99,546 deer in Illinois.

Counties with the highest reported preliminary harvest totals last weekend were Pike (1,535), Jackson (1,526), Randolph (1,436), Fulton (1,409), and Adams (1,393).

The preliminary first season figures reported for each county include those deer taken on special hunt areas within that county as well as on private land.

“Weather conditions were difficult throughout most of the season, with some parts of the state seeing rain or snow, and virtually everywhere getting a taste of high winds and frigid temperatures,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton. “Southern Illinois counties appear to have been the least impacted.”

Approximately 59 percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks, compared with 60 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2012.

The IDNR has issued more than 340,000 firearm deer hunting permits so far for the 2013 season. For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.

Remaining firearm deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include the second segment of the firearm season on Dec. 5-8, 2013, the three-day Muzzleloader-only Deer Season on Dec. 13-15, 2013, and the seven-day split Late Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season on Dec. 26-29, 2013 and Jan. 17-19, 2014. -more- 1194**13

For more information on Illinois deer hunting regulations, check the IDNR website at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the 2013 firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2012.

County 2012 2013
Adams 1938 1393
Alexander 304 319
Bond 545 427
Boone 96 49
Brown 992 734
Bureau 1014 730
Calhoun 668 532
Carroll 835 597
Cass 580 421
Champaign 239 147
Christian 472 401
Clark 951 725
Clay 909 659
Clinton 580 420
Coles 502 355
Crawford 831 632
Cumberland 701 444
DeKalb 143 100
DeWitt 299 202
Douglas 145 108
Edgar 605 453
Edwards 314 269
Effingham 728 517
Fayette 1284 1067
Ford 96 70
Franklin 907 853
Fulton 2048 1409
Gallatin 331 323
Greene 991 763
Grundy 322 237
Hamilton 841 778
Hancock 1515 1183
Hardin 790 719
Henderson 485 374
Henry 592 458
Iroquois 549 413
Jackson 1621 1526
Jasper 852 658
Jefferson 1540 1340
Jersey 677 479
JoDaviess 1877 1356
Johnson 1309 1134
Kane 36 23
Kankakee 170 106
Kendall 56 56
Knox 1146 750
Lake 9 3
LaSalle 887 588
Lawrence 432 341
Lee 565 385
Livingston 468 306
Logan 358 251
Macon 229 159
Macoupin 1366 890
Madison 686 502
Marion 1319 1007
Marshall 597 424
Mason 438 318
Massac 463 422
McDonough 736 569
McHenry 287 168
McLean 602 427
Menard 345 211
Mercer 755 565
Monroe 794 645
Montgomery 773 656
Morgan 658 543
Moultrie 226 138
Ogle 796 632
Peoria 1093 689
Perry 956 832
Piatt 135 84
Pike 2108 1535
Pope 1212 1108
Pulaski 439 409
Putnam 389 278
Randolph 1665 1436
Richland 532 465
Rock Island 690 544
Saline 690 569
Sangamon 644 395
Schuyler 1225 981
Scott 352 299
Shelby 940 714
St. Clair 691 483
Stark 247 156
Stephenson 797 517
Tazewell 619 338
Union 1319 1297
Vermilion 627 386
Wabash 216 189
Warren 559 394
Washington 803 715
Wayne 1188 1037
White 602 556
Whiteside 648 482
Will 260 202
Williamson 1145 1107
Winnebago 379 223
Woodford 726 429
Total 72111 55708

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