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IDNR Releases 2020 Preliminary Deer Harvest Information

Hunters throughout Illinois took more than 1,100 deer during the 2020 Firearm Deer Season than the previous year according to preliminary totals released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 76,579 animals were killed during the 7 day total; that’s 1,162 more than 2019 when hunters harvested 75,417. Nearly 30,000 deer were taken during the second segment of the season which ended Sunday, December 6th. That compares with just over 25,000 during the second season in 2019. The first segment, November 20 – 22 totaled 47,147 deer killed.

 

There are still opportunities for hunters including Muzzleloader – Only Deer Season December 11th – 13th, Late Winter Antlerless Only Deer Season and CWD Deer Season (in designated counties only) runs December 31st – January 3rd and January 15th – 17th, and Archery Deer Season, which continues through January 17th.

 

Locally, hunters took more deer in 2020 than 2019 in only 6 counties. Those include Edwards (383 vs 365), Gallatin (423 vs. 399), Hamilton (1,065 vs 1,043), Wabash (164 vs 147), Wayne (1,441 vs 1,416), and White (806 vs 757). Hardin and Pope Counties suffered the biggest year over year drop in the number of deer harvested. Hardin fell by 173 deer from 858 to 685 and Pope County went down from 160 from 1,431 to 1,271. Franklin County also fell, 1,376 deer were harvested in 2019; this year only 1,268 were taken. Jefferson County dropped by only 4 deer and Saline County dropped by 13 from 880 to 867.

A map showing the counties open to the Late-Winter and CWD seasons can be found at: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/programs/CWD/Documents/Late_Winter_CWD_Map.pdf

For more deer hunting information, visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx

A table of preliminary Firearm Deer Season harvest totals for 2020 by county, and comparable totals for 2019, is below.

County 2020 1st Season 2020 2nd Season 2020 Total 2019 Total

ADAMS 1301 925 2226 2178

ALEXANDER 257 166 423 453

BOND 426 240 666 710

BOONE 79 58 137 109

BROWN 557 389 946 970

BUREAU 635 366 1001 967

CALHOUN 360 417 777 849

CARROLL 351 207 558 641

CASS 384 268 652 599

CHAMPAIGN 162 68 230 208

CHRISTIAN 419 189 608 564

CLARK 622 446 1068 1042

County 2020 1st Season 2020 2nd Season 2020 Total 2019 Total

CLAY 728 488 1216 1098

CLINTON 474 212 686 631

COLES 443 229 672 621

CRAWFORD 554 376 930 885

CUMBERLAND 542 314 856 772

DEKALB 77 36 113 108

DEWITT 220 145 365 355

DOUGLAS 115 48 163 137

EDGAR 329 212 541 530

EDWARDS 227 156 383 365

EFFINGHAM 611 334 945 888

FAYETTE 980 630 1610 1514

FORD 79 44 123 106

FRANKLIN 743 525 1268 1376

FULTON 1193 720 1913 1904

GALLATIN 232 191 423 399

GREENE 632 434 1066 1043

GRUNDY 148 104 252 266

HAMILTON 657 408 1065 1043

HANCOCK 1052 726 1778 1655

HARDIN 419 266 685 858

HENDERSON 307 146 453 406

HENRY 290 159 449 407

IROQUOIS 321 171 492 493

JACKSON 1227 855 2082 2109

JASPER 691 386 1077 1031

JEFFERSON 1080 805 1885 1889

JERSEY 350 283 633 626

JODAVIESS 1027 517 1544 1455

JOHNSON 857 461 1318 1384

KANE 17 15 32 24

KANKAKEE 123 70 193 197

KENDALL 57 21 78 65

KNOX 682 454 1136 1086

LAKE 0 1 1 5

LASALLE 465 232 697 703

LAWRENCE 334 228 562 577

LEE 334 198 532 449

LIVINGSTON 279 107 386 363

LOGAN 198 137 335 359

MACON 158 111 269 221

County 2020 1st Season 2020 2nd Season 2020 Total 2019 Total

MACOUPIN 987 548 1535 1557

MADISON 379 237 616 633

MARION 910 562 1472 1470

MARSHALL 407 186 593 572

MASON 256 130 386 357

MASSAC 219 172 391 435

MCDONOUGH 452 313 765 713

MCHENRY 170 122 292 241

MCLEAN 409 220 629 524

MENARD 211 170 381 361

MERCER 532 301 833 789

MONROE 667 310 977 949

MONTGOMERY 520 292 812 799

MORGAN 375 252 627 632

MOULTRIE 142 86 228 238

OGLE 437 241 678 634

PEORIA 539 327 866 853

PERRY 716 539 1255 1319

PIATT 89 44 133 116

PIKE 1029 842 1871 1929

POPE 884 387 1271 1431

PULASKI 177 107 284 279

PUTNAM 207 113 320 337

RANDOLPH 1340 905 2245 2260

RICHLAND 397 273 670 685

ROCK ISLAND 461 232 693 601

SALINE 534 333 867 880

SANGAMON 326 229 555 524

SCHUYLER 757 525 1282 1316

SCOTT 176 135 311 319

SHELBY 824 417 1241 1116

STARK 125 57 182 149

ST. CLAIR 474 243 717 639

STEPHENSON 405 210 615 548

TAZEWELL 314 181 495 494

UNION 772 464 1236 1293

VERMILION 329 224 553 510

WABASH 101 63 164 147

WARREN 292 179 471 465

WASHINGTON 599 360 959 909

WAYNE 861 580 1441 1416

County 2020 1st Season 2020 2nd Season 2020 Total 2019 Total

WHITE 465 341 806 757

WHITESIDE 420 186 606 560

WILL 148 102 250 238

WILLIAMSON 943 695 1638 1860

WINNEBAGO 193 89 282 265

WOODFORD 372 214 586 605

Total 47147 29432 76579 75417

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