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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 99,324 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today. This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 97,820 deer taken during the 2011 firearm season.

 

The preliminary second-season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) harvest total was 27,213, compared with the 31,259 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the 2011 season. This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 18-20) deer harvest was 72,111, compared with a first-season harvest of 66,501 in 2011. The preliminary harvest totals include deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as at Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County.

 

"If you enjoy deer hunting in warm, spring-like weather, this was the season for you," said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton. "One of the benefits of having a split firearm deer season is that we typically avoid getting caught in a single weather pattern that might negatively impact the overall harvest. This year, conditions were much more favorable during the first season and less so during the second, but I think we're right on track with our harvest in most areas."

 

Preliminary harvest reports show the top five county totals for deer taken during the seven-day firearm season were Pike (3,068), Fulton (2,815), Adams (2,534), Jo Daviess (2,534), and Randolph (2,221).

 

Continuing and upcoming deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include:

 

  • The archery deer season, continuing through Jan. 20, 2013;

  • The seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season are Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013.

 

Permits for both the Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons will be available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning Dec. 11. Archery and remaining muzzleloader-only permits are also available over the counter from DNR Direct vendors. Vendor locations by county are available on the IDNR website at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

 

For detailed information on the Late-Winter and CWD deer seasons, including information sheets listing open counties and permit limits, check the IDNR website at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

 

The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the first and second portions of the 2012 firearm deer season, the preliminary total firearm harvest for 2012, and the comparable county harvest totals for 2011.

 

County

1st SEASON 2012

2nd SEASON 2012

TOTAL 2012

TOTAL 2011

Adams

1938

596

2534

2394

Alexander

304

144

448

536

Bond

545

209

754

786

Boone

96

46

142

129

Brown

992

417

1409

1224

Bureau

1014

385

1399

1280

Calhoun

668

321

989

1126

Carroll

835

316

1151

955

Cass

580

233

813

674

Champaign

239

102

341

338

Christian

472

191

663

687

Clark

951

370

1321

1330

Clay

909

308

1217

1351

Clinton

580

176

756

845

Coles

502

167

669

788

Crawford

831

334

1165

1136

Cumberland

701

233

934

956

DeKalb

143

51

194

182

DeWitt

299

149

448

454

Douglas

145

48

193

242

Edgar

605

238

843

785

Edwards

314

116

430

411

Effingham

728

206

934

1050

Fayette

1284

438

1722

1952

Ford

96

40

136

139

Franklin

907

402

1309

1314

Fulton

2048

767

2815

2581

Gallatin

331

181

512

582

Greene

991

359

1350

1386

Grundy

322

148

470

435

Hamilton

841

348

1189

1173

Hancock

1515

559

2074

1992

Hardin

790

234

1024

1093

Henderson

485

148

633

619

Henry

592

253

845

762

Iroquois

549

278

827

796

Jackson

1621

594

2215

2229

Jasper

852

308

1160

1259

Jefferson

1540

638

2178

2315

Jersey

677

254

931

882

Jo Daviess

1877

657

2534

2229

Johnson

1309

406

1715

1709

Kane

36

17

53

44

Kankakee

170

77

247

219

Kendall

56

57

113

102

Knox

1146

456

1602

1479

Lake

9

0

9

5

LaSalle

887

318

1205

1147

Lawrence

432

160

592

560

Lee

565

218

783

703

Livingston

468

145

613

568

Logan

358

133

491

424

Macon

229

98

327

366

Macoupin

1366

449

1815

1736

Madison

686

238

924

904

Marion

1319

453

1772

1856

Marshall

597

180

777

767

Mason

438

177

615

595

Massac

463

238

701

642

McDonough

736

337

1073

1067

McHenry

287

128

415

337

McLean

602

183

785

724

Menard

345

122

467

423

Mercer

755

261

1016

963

Monroe

794

217

1011

950

Montgomery

773

274

1047

1177

Morgan

658

316

974

926

Moultrie

226

75

301

358

Ogle

796

301

1097

1034

Peoria

1093

395

1488

1482

Perry

956

338

1294

1244

Piatt

135

59

194

185

Pike

2108

960

3068

2958

Pope

1212

367

1579

1741

Pulaski

439

218

657

709

Putnam

389

131

520

470

Randolph

1665

556

2221

2185

Richland

532

219

751

817

Rock Island

690

278

968

912

Saline

690

327

1017

996

Sangamon

644

230

874

794

Schuyler

1225

479

1704

1628

Scott

352

138

490

519

Shelby

940

333

1273

1430

St. Clair

691

199

890

980

Stark

247

94

341

297

Stephenson

797

251

1048

975

Tazewell

619

214

833

684

Union

1319

479

1798

1704

Vermilion

627

320

947

960

Wabash

216

95

311

278

Warren

559

197

756

616

Washington

803

296

1099

1108

Wayne

1188

528

1716

1871

White

602

270

872

992

Whiteside

648

220

868

744

Will

260

126

386

370

Williamson

1145

527

1672

1741

Winnebago

379

124

503

437

Woodford

726

249

975

811

Total

72111

27213

99324

97820

 

 

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