153,048 deer harvested during all 2019-2020 Illinois hunting seasons
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 153,048 deer during all 2019-2020 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded Jan. 19.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reported the total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compared with a total harvest for all seasons of 151,709 deer in 2018-19.
During the 2019-2020 deer seasons, hunters took 45 percent does and 55 percent males.
IDNR reported the following summary of the 2019-2020 seasons:
Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 67,696 deer during the season which began Oct. 1, 2019, and concluded Jan. 19. That compared with the harvest of 61,096 deer during the 2018-2019 archery season.
Youth: Youth deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 3,775 deer during the three-day Illinois youth deer season, which was Oct. 12-14, 2019. The harvest total compared to 1,660 in 2018.
Traditional Firearm Season: Hunters took a preliminary total of 75,349 deer during the Illinois firearm deer season, which was Nov. 22-24, 2019, and Dec. 5-8, 2019. The harvest total compared with 80,957 deer taken during the 2018 firearm season.
Muzzleloader: Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested a preliminary total of 3,061 deer during the muzzleloader-only deer season, which was Dec. 13-15, 2019. The harvest total compared with harvest of 3,900 in the 2018 muzzleloader season.
Late-Winter Seasons: The 2019-2020 late-winter antlerless-only and special CWD deer seasons concluded Jan. 19, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 3,167 deer. That compared with a harvest of 4,096 deer taken during those seasons in 2018-2019. Season dates for the seven-day late-winter and CWD seasons were Dec. 26-30, 2019, and Jan. 17-19.
Fifteen Northern Illinois counties were open for the special CWD season, which is used to assist in slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd.
Twenty counties were open for the late-winter antlerless season in 2019-2020. Counties that are at or below their individual deer population goal for two consecutive years may be removed from the late-winter season.
Harvest totals for the area’s counties follow, as provided by IDNR:
Archery, 943. Youth, 54. Firearm, 1,272. Muzzleloader, 51. Total, 2,320.
Archery, 232. Youth, 24. Firearm, 443. Muzzleloader, 24. Total, 723.
Archery, 1,266. Youth, 93. Firearm, 2,099. Muzzleloader, 74. Total, 3,532.
Archery, 784. Youth, 54. Firearm, 1,382. Muzzleloader, 44. Total, 2,264.
Archery, 401. Youth, 14. Firearm, 434. Muzzleloader, 16. Total, 865.
Archery, 299. Youth, 22. Firearm, 279. Muzzleloader, 10. Total, 610.
Archery, 1,399. Youth, 36. Firearm, 1,857. Muzzleloader, 60. Total, 3,352.