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Illinois’ 2017-18 Deer Seasons Conclude with Preliminary Harvest of 147,535 Deer

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 147,535 deer during all 2017-18 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded on Jan. 14. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 144,303 deer in 2016-17.

During the 2017-18 deer seasons, hunters took 44 percent does and 56 percent males.

Archery:  Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 57,937 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1, 2017 and concluded on Jan. 14, 2018.  That compares with the harvest of 53,468 during the 2016-17 archery season.

Youth:  Youth deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,372 deer during the three-day Illinois Youth Deer Season (Oct. 7-9, 2017), compared to 3,272 in 2016.

Traditional Firearm Season:  Hunters took a preliminary total of 80,021 deer during the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 17-19, 2017 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017, compared with 79,559 deer taken during the 2016 firearm season.

Muzzleloader:  Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 3,700 deer during the Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 8-10, 2017, compared with harvest 3,308 in the 2016 muzzleloader season.

Late-Winter Seasons:  The 2017-18 Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and Special CWD deer seasons concluded on Jan. 14, 2018, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 3,505 deer, compared with a harvest of 4,696 deer taken during those seasons in 2016-17.  Season dates for the seven-day Late-Winter and CWD seasons were Dec. 28-31, 2017 and Jan. 12-14, 2018.

There were 15 northern Illinois counties open to the Special CWD Season in 2017-18, while 14 counties were open for the 2016-17 seasons.  The Special CWD season is used to assist in slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd.

There were 22 counties open for the Late-Winter Antlerless Season in 2017-18, two fewer counties than were open for the Late-Winter season in 2016-17.  Counties that are at or below their individual deer population goal for two consecutive years may be removed from the Late-Winter season.

The tables below provide a county-by-county summary of preliminary deer harvest results for 2017-18 and harvest results for 2016-17.

2017-2018 Preliminary Deer Harvest

County

Archery

Youth

Firearm

Muzzleloader

LW/CWD

Total

Adams

1269

90

2179

120

3658

Alexander

199

10

488

31

728

Bond

344

20

658

13

1035

Boone

127

3

129

0

22

281

Brown

857

40

1018

78

203

2196

Bureau

654

20

1005

54

1733

Calhoun

678

33

813

62

1586

Carroll

553

14

685

27

103

1382

Cass

589

19

652

43

1303

Champaign

362

10

199

29

600

Christian

470

25

551

27

1073

Clark

821

25

1145

60

2051

Clay

513

35

1112

47

90

1797

Clinton

389

12

694

21

1116

Coles

642

13

592

20

1267

Cook

121

121

Crawford

887

28

1016

23

121

2075

Cumberland

448

22

775

18

1263

DeKalb

147

1

107

3

25

283

DeWitt

483

11

316

25

835

Douglas

184

6

132

8

330

DuPage

37

37

Edgar

411

23

562

23

48

1067

Edwards

223

10

415

22

670

Effingham

425

31

872

23

1351

Fayette

751

33

1544

47

2375

Ford

53

2

112

4

171

Franklin

1003

36

1350

65

2454

Fulton

1621

57

1997

102

269

4046

Gallatin

279

17

448

18

762

Greene

812

34

1059

40

1945

Grundy

308

3

281

20

66

678

Hamilton

665

31

1175

37

134

2042

Hancock

775

41

1819

85

2720

Hardin

441

19

963

63

1486

Henderson

258

10

494

31

58

851

Henry

470

12

534

20

1036

Iroquois

350

16

517

40

923

Jackson

1125

67

2303

90

3585

Jasper

577

29

984

52

1642

Jefferson

1374

76

2083

112

3645

Jersey

482

23

641

20

1166

JoDaviess

1022

49

1859

72

318

3320

Johnson

678

33

1587

56

2354

Kane

296

0

29

6

12

343

Kankakee

261

6

193

20

34

514

Kendall

174

2

82

5

22

285

Knox

900

22

1145

50

134

2251

Lake

326

3

329

LaSalle

651

22

691

20

118

1502

Lawrence

484

15

613

36

1148

Lee

385

18

540

18

36

997

Livingston

210

8

379

5

32

634

Logan

290

26

325

24

665

Macon

459

11

239

21

730

Macoupin

1019

42

1486

59

2606

Madison

802

18

733

24

33

1610

Marion

982

64

1570

66

116

2798

Marshall

305

16

601

24

946

Mason

372

15

379

27

793

Massac

330

15

524

18

887

McDonough

537

24

830

39

75

1505

McHenry

504

5

300

13

29

851

McLean

496

22

491

19

45

1073

Menard

387

13

367

25

792

Mercer

505

27

833

50

64

1479

Monroe

399

28

941

28

56

1452

Montgomery

632

24

790

24

1470

Morgan

566

18

714

26

1324

Moultrie

353

13

203

10

579

Ogle

587

13

810

20

131

1561

Peoria

884

28

863

42

1817

Perry

827

38

1273

75

290

2503

Piatt

174

5

101

6

286

Pike

2071

115

1990

168

4344

Pope

838

26

1502

77

2443

Pulaski

230

11

340

25

606

Putnam

211

3

342

14

44

614

Randolph

1088

88

2405

103

3684

Richland

439

13

732

18

1202

Rock Island

694

14

719

22

84

1533

Saline

538

31

973

57

1599

Sangamon

774

16

628

40

1458

Schuyler

1008

46

1312

71

205

2642

Scott

242

15

315

20

592

Shelby

741

36

1069

45

56

1947

St. Clair

615

18

688

21

1342

Stark

116

7

199

9

331

Stephenson

475

17

712

22

120

1346

Tazewell

535

26

512

25

1098

Union

795

31

1530

64

2420

Vermilion

787

22

544

31

64

1448

Wabash

209

7

205

9

430

Warren

265

4

548

28

845

Washington

511

20

1020

35

1586

Wayne

918

33

1544

65

2560

White

540

25

744

40

139

1488

Whiteside

464

14

614

29

1121

Will

697

8

238

15

56

1014

Williamson

1166

36

1775

47

3024

Winnebago

453

10

304

13

53

833

Woodford

543

33

604

36

1216

Total

57937

2372

80021

3700

3505

147535

 

2016-2017 Final Deer Harvest

County

Archery

Youth

Firearm

Muzzleloader

LW/CWD

Total

 
Adams

1202

89

2362

105

3758

 
Alexander

164

12

424

28

628

 
Bond

328

28

579

14

949

 
Boone

117

1

121

2

38

279

 
Brown

822

59

967

57

231

2136

 
Bureau

634

29

1001

65

1729

 
Calhoun

634

54

793

46

1527

 
Carroll

541

26

750

26

103

1446

 
Cass

530

21

684

27

1262

 
Champaign

296

16

227

15

554

 
Christian

426

42

608

26

1102

 
Clark

755

43

998

52

157

2005

 
Clay

519

37

1091

31

79

1757

 
Clinton

314

15

627

7

963

 
Coles

527

17

550

19

1113

 
Cook

108

108

 
Crawford

777

30

949

27

96

1879

 
Cumberland

363

32

708

24

1127

 
DeKalb

177

6

139

2

29

353

 
DeWitt

428

17

356

15

816

 
Douglas

133

6

138

7

284

 
DuPage

35

35

 
Edgar

370

27

566

19

87

1069

 
Edwards

209

18

412

17

656

 
Effingham

422

39

807

26

1294

 
Fayette

654

63

1501

43

2261

 
Ford

43

5

124

4

176

 
Franklin

966

52

1297

60

2375

 
Fulton

1492

86

2013

92

337

4020

 
Gallatin

254

19

470

22

765

 
Greene

650

51

1055

41

1797

 
Grundy

294

6

296

13

72

681

 
Hamilton

630

37

1167

39

145

2018

 
Hancock

721

50

1639

76

2486

 
Hardin

399

16

890

44

1349

 
Henderson

254

11

522

25

72

884

 
Henry

431

17

592

20

1060

 
Iroquois

352

11

518

32

913

 
Jackson

997

98

2247

68

3410

 
Jasper

483

48

973

29

1533

 
Jefferson

1231

93

1878

84

3286

 
Jersey

461

34

674

16

1185

 
JoDaviess

975

75

1859

84

500

3493

 
Johnson

631

39

1640

46

2356

 
Kane

263

0

29

1

7

300

 
Kankakee

281

10

186

14

55

546

 
Kendall

163

6

98

5

25

297

 
Knox

856

37

1200

52

164

2309

 
Lake

273

4

277

 
LaSalle

687

25

745

34

149

1640

 
Lawrence

476

11

584

37

1108

 
Lee

410

20

510

33

71

1044

 
Livingston

191

14

400

16

36

657

 
Logan

247

25

357

19

648

 
Macon

411

17

251

25

704

 
Macoupin

853

68

1404

49

2374

 
Madison

730

26

621

33

46

1456

 
Marion

868

67

1452

51

138

2576

 
Marshall

334

27

553

26

940

 
Mason

312

19

439

15

785

 
Massac

338

12

587

23

960

 
McDonough

503

28

849

37

99

1516

 
McHenry

526

7

266

10

99

908

 
McLean

460

20

516

25

69

1090

 
Menard

319

12

368

32

731

 
Mercer

415

33

866

32

145

1491

 
Monroe

345

31

923

22

99

1420

 
Montgomery

575

48

775

19

1417

 
Morgan

511

29

774

22

1336

 
Moultrie

253

23

201

9

486

 
Ogle

691

29

793

41

240

1794

 
Peoria

804

39

971

37

1851

 
Perry

805

48

1210

40

261

2364

 
Piatt

129

7

111

6

253

 
Pike

2062

131

2131

160

4484

 
Pope

827

34

1432

48

2341

 
Pulaski

218

20

414

18

670

 
Putnam

236

14

335

19

48

652

 
Randolph

1005

130

2290

88

3513

 
Richland

385

32

725

29

1171

 
Rock Island

653

27

784

39

100

1603

 
Saline

457

41

904

37

1439

 
Sangamon

676

28

589

40

1333

 
Schuyler

848

81

1293

50

214

2486

 
Scott

201

16

385

12

614

 
Shelby

648

35

1087

36

93

1899

 
St. Clair

530

32

662

13

1237

 
Stark

110

4

194

9

317

 
Stephenson

474

14

843

17

160

1508

 
Tazewell

478

25

519

14

1036

 
Union

749

62

1573

63

2447

 
Vermilion

745

25

582

46

97

1495

 
Wabash

206

21

209

19

455

 
Warren

247

12

562

29

850

 
Washington

463

41

949

36

1489

 
Wayne

836

67

1576

46

2525

 
White

508

42

831

37

169

1587

 
Whiteside

481

19

576

31

1107

 
Will

729

5

233

31

60

1058

 
Williamson

985

59

1684

45

2773

 
Winnebago

459

10

346

13

106

934

 
Woodford

474

32

596

23

1125

 

Totals

53468

3272

79559

3308

4696

144303