IL Deer Hunters Harvest Total of 155,131 Deer

Lifestyle
January 22, 2016
During 2015-2016 Seasons Deer Hunting Seasons Closed January 17

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 155,131 deer during all 2015-16 seasons, which concluded Jan. 17. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons of 155,131 compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 145,720 in 2014-15.  During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 46 percent does and 54 percent males.

A breakdown of Illinois deer hunting seasons is as follows:

Archery:  Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 56,732 deer during the archery season (Oct. 1, 2015-Jan. 17, 2016), compared with the archery deer harvest of 56,143 in the 2014-15 archery season.

Youth:  Young deer hunters harvested 2,841 deer during the 2015 Illinois Youth Deer Season (Oct. 10-12, 2015), compared with 2,770 deer in 2014.

Traditional Firearm Season:  Hunters took a preliminary total of 86,839 deer during the 2015 Illinois Firearm Deer Season (Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6, 2015), compared with 76,575 taken during the 2014 season.

Muzzleloader:  Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 2,375 deer during the 2015 Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season (Dec. 11-13, 2015), compared with 3,471 in 2014.

Late-Winter Seasons:  The 2015-16 Late-Winter Antlerless Only and Special CWD deer seasons concluded on Jan. 17, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 6,344 deer, compared with a harvest of 6,761 deer taken during those seasons in 2014-15.  Season dates for the Late-Winter and CWD seasons were Dec. 31, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 15-17, 2016.

With the addition of Kankakee and Kendall counties this year, 14 northern Illinois counties were open to the Special CWD Season, compared to 12 in 2014-15.  The Special CWD season is used to assist in slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd.

Eight fewer counties were open for the Late-Winter Antlerless Season in 2015-16 because they had reached deer population goals. The number of open counties went from 35 in 2014-15 to 27 for 2015-16. Counties that are at or below their individual 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 2015-16 and harvest results for 2014-15.

 

2015-16 All Seasons
County
Archery
Youth
Firearm
Muzzleloader
LW/CWD
Total
Adams
1207
90
2387
67
CLOSED
3751
Alexander
224
11
545
12
CLOSED
792
Bond
349
14
677
12
CLOSED
1052
Boone
146
3
129
2
35
315
Brown
756
51
1088
47
317
2259
Bureau
627
22
1127
46
CLOSED
1822
Calhoun
740
43
954
44
CLOSED
1781
Carroll
562
18
780
31
136
1527
Cass

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