IDNR: preliminary deer hunting seasons harvest totals 151,577
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 151,577 deer during all 2018-2019 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded on Jan. 20.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reported that the total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compared with a total harvest for all seasons of 147,695 deer in 2017-2018.
Union County, Area Counties Harvest Totals
IDNR reported the following 2018-2019 preliminary harvest totals for Union County:
Archery: 869. Youth: 33. Firearm: 1,387. Muzzleloader: 63. Total: 2,352.
Alexander County: Archery: 193. Youth: six. Firearm: 499. Muzzleloader: 25. Total: 723.
Jackson County: Archery: 1,155. Youth: 36. Firearm: 2,439. Muzzleloader: 79. Total: 3,709.
Johnson County: Archery: 666. Youth: 20. Firearm: 1,561. Muzzleloader: 52. Total: 2,299.
Pulaski County: Archery: 231. Youth: six. Firearm: 281. Muzzleloader: 13. Total: 531.
Williamson County: Archery: 1,174. Youth: 25. Firearm: 1,849. Muzzleloader: 56. Total: 3,104.
During the 2018-2019 deer seasons, hunters took 45 percent does and 55 percent males.
Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 61,079 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1, 2018, and concluded on Jan. 20. That compares with the harvest of 57,929 deer during the 2017-2018 archery season.
Youth: Youth deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 1,650 deer during the three-day Illinois youth deer season (which was Oct. 6-8, 2018), compared to 2,378 in 2017.
Traditional Firearm Season: Hunters took a preliminary total of 80,896 deer during the Illinois firearm deer season, which was Nov. 16-18, 2018, and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2018, compared with 80,117 deer taken during the 2017 firearm season.
Muzzleloader: Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 3,863 deer during the muzzleloader-only deer season, which was Dec. 7-9, 2018, compared with 3,765 in the 2017 muzzleloader season.
Late-Winter Seasons: The 2018-2019 late-winter antlerless-only and special CWD deer seasons concluded Jan. 20, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 4,089 deer, compared with a harvest of 3,506 deer taken during those seasons in 2017-2018.
Season dates for the seven-day late-winter and CWD seasons were Dec. 27-30, 2018, and Jan. 18-20.
There were 15 Northern Illinois counties open to the special CWD season in both the 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 seasons.
The special CWD season is used to assist in slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd.
There were 20 counties open for the late-winter antlerless season in 2018-2019, while 22 counties were open for the late-winter season in 2017-2018.
Counties that are at or below their individual deer population goal for two consecutive years may be removed from the late-winter season.