So you did not harvest a deer in illinois or Wisconsin? – Don’t Feel Alone.

We have been getting a lot of personal calls from all our hunting buddies this year that the just can't seem to connect. Well here are what the stats are showing for firearms season here in Illinois.  And you know if the firearms numbers are down, the archery numbers are going to be down too.

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 71,894 deer during the opening weekend of the 2008 Illinois Firearm Deer season, Nov. 21-23, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Acting Director Sam Flood announced today. The second portion of the firearm season will be Dec. 4-7.

The preliminary total for the first three days of the 2008 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 85,490 deer during the 2007 deer season. The top county harvest total was in Pike with 2,194 deer, followed by Adams (1,900), Fulton (1,878), Randolph (1,770), and Jefferson (1,650). 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.

"Deer hunters in Illinois once again provided a good deer harvest for the first weekend of the firearm season," said Flood. "We offer some of the best deer hunting opportunity in the world here in Illinois, and the firearm deer season continues to be our most popular hunting season."

Illinois has issued approximately 350,000 firearm deer hunting permits for the 2008 season. Most hunters register their deer harvest online through the IDNR web site or by phoning 1-866-ILCHECK (1-866-452-4325) by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest. Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties take their deer to county check stations where IDNR conducts sampling for chronic wasting disease.

"The weather was unseasonably cold to start the season on Friday, but it appears many hunters were in the field enjoying some success on that day and throughout the first weekend of the firearm deer season," said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton. "Most corn had been harvested, although 10 to 12 percent remained in the fields in the northern part of the state."

"The good news for managers and for deer hunters with permits remaining for the second season is that most of the decline in harvest was a drop in buck harvest," Shelton added. "This means that our doe harvest was fairly comparable to last year and that there are plenty of both bucks and does still out there for second season hunters."

Approximately 59 percent of the deer taken this past weekend were bucks, compared with 62 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2007.

The Illinois firearm deer season concludes Dec. 4-7. The muzzleloader-only deer season is Dec. 12-14. The Late-Winter Antlerless-only firearm deer season and the Special CWD deer season are Jan. 16-18, 2009. The state's 2008-09 archery deer season continues through Jan. 15 (except closed in firearm counties during the second firearm season Dec. 4-7).

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2007.

County 2007 2008 Adams 2140 1900 Alexander 339 335 Bond 877 632 Boone 133 90 Brown 1135 996 Bureau 1205 1030 Calhoun 1036 889 Carroll 921 740 Cass 665 510 Champaign 272 195 Christian 574 466 Clark 1122 896 Clay 1177 998 Clinton 808 635 Coles 621 550 Crawford 950 831 Cumberland 693 654 DeKalb 213 136 DeWitt 320 303 Douglas 212 156 Edgar 608 555 Edwards 434 354 Effingham 923 795 Fayette 1684 1480 Ford 123 115 Franklin 979 827 Fulton 2003 1878 Gallatin 451 402 Greene 1209 989 Grundy 354 269 Hamilton 1036 901 Hancock 1698 1553 Hardin 907 780 Henderson 586 432 Henry 742 561 Iroquois 548 548 Jackson 1824 1612 Jasper 1049 915 Jefferson 1997 1650 Jersey 790 670 JoDaviess 2055 1518 Johnson 1435 1385 Kane 48 43 Kankakee 191 157 Kendall 67 53 Knox 1244 1048 Lake 25 19 LaSalle 1127 957 Lawrence 497 420 Lee 577 446 Livingston 498 392 Logan 401 298 Macon 252 217 Macoupin 1677 1228 Madison 995 648 Marion 1677 1404 Marshall 696 607 Mason 489 484 Massac 471 369 McDonough 902 759 McHenry 360 216 McLean 541 490 Menard 392 288 Mercer 828 632 Monroe 910 863 Montgomery 1149 861 Morgan 899 674 Moultrie 251 224 Ogle 1035 730 Peoria 1317 1133 Perry 1161 964 Piatt 184 134 Pike 2610 2194 Pope 1473 1301 Pulaski 547 533 Putnam 454 361 Randolph 1890 1770 Richland 745 635 Rock Island 806 610 Saline 734 726 Sangamon 743 598 Schuyler 1346 1166 Scott 508 374 Shelby 1193 1025 St. Clair 868 724 Stark 258 216 Stephenson 837 643 Tazewell 625 527 Union 1551 1323 Vermilion 719 648 Wabash 252 218 Warren 554 481 Washington 1083 864 Wayne 1446 1316 White 808 699 Whiteside 806 542 Will 287 267 Williamson 1391 1176 Winnebago 410 315 Woodford 837 753

Total 85490 71894

Hunters register 133,828 deer on opening weekend of 2008 Wisconsin traditional deer hunting season

In conditions that varied from sub-zero to chilly and overcast on opening morning, hunters participating in the traditional November 9-day gun deer hunt registered a preliminary tally of 133,828 deer over the first two days of the hunt a 22 percent decrease from 2007. Buck harvest statewide was down 25 percent and antlerless harvest declined 20 percent. A preliminary count for the two-day opening weekend in 2007 counted 171,584 deer registered. Department of Natural Resources officials stress that this is a preliminary call-around tally that will change when all registration stubs are submitted by registration stations and entered into the department's registration data base.

Wildlife officials say several factors likely contributed to the lower count including lower deer numbers after several years of herd reduction strategies, very cold hunting conditions on opening morning in northern units, a late opening weekend that missed the peak of the rutting season, poor fawn recruitment this year, and tough winter conditions last year after a string of mild winters.

“Although this is a preliminary count, we may be seeing the result of a tough winter and several seasons designed bring deer numbers down. DNR staff across the state reported that hunters were seeing fewer deer and hearing fewer shots this year,” said DNR deer biologist Keith Warnke. “Hunters’ efforts appear to be having a positive effect on lowering overpopulations of deer in many areas.”

Herd control season structures provide extra days of hunting and target antlerless, or mostly female, deer as a means of reducing high populations.




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