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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 20, 2012 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
 
 
Illinois Firearm Deer First-Season Harvest Totals Over 72,000 Deer 
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today reported that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 72,111 deer during the opening weekend of the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season, Nov. 16-18.  The second portion of the firearm season will be Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The preliminary harvest total of 72,111 for the first three days of the 2012 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 66,501 deer during the 2011 deer season.  The top county harvest total last weekend was in Pike with 2,108 deer, followed by Fulton (2,048), Adams (1,938), Jo Daviess (1,877) and Randolph (1,665).  For the entire seven-day firearm season in 2011, hunters harvested 98,820 deer.  The preliminary first-season figures reported for each county include those deer taken on special hunt areas within that county as well as on private land.

“Hunters enjoyed near perfect conditions during our first firearm weekend,” said Paul Shelton, IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “Temperatures were cool, winds were calm, crops were out of the fields, and rutting activity was ongoing.  We hope hunters enjoyed their time in the field.”

Approximately 60 percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks, compared with 61 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2011. 

The IDNR has issued more than 334,000 firearm deer hunting permits so far for the 2012 season.  For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at this link:  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer. Remaining firearm deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include the second segment of the firearm season on Nov. 29-Dec. 2, the three-day Muzzleloader-only Deer Season on Dec. 7-9, and the seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season on Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013.  Hunters are reminded that 10 fewer counties will be open for the Late-Winter season in 2012-13 (see map):
 http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/LateWinterDeerSeasonMap.pdf.

For more information on Illinois deer hunting regulations, check the IDNR web site at this link:
www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the 2012 firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2011.

County        2011      2012
Adams        1784      1938
Alexander         326       304
Bond          551        545
Boone            95          96
Brown          846        992
Bureau          905      1014
Calhoun          713        668
Carroll          708        835
Cass          445        580
Champaign         195        239
Christian          510        472
Clark          871        951
Clay          938        909
Clinton          583        580
Coles          530        502
Crawford          749        831
Cumberland       663        701
DeKalb          131        143
DeWitt          288        299
Douglas          176        145
Edgar          513        605
Edwards          248        314
Effingham          745        728
Fayette        1322      1284
Ford            85          96
Franklin          852        907
Fulton        1775      2048
Gallatin          365        331
Greene          917        991
Grundy          298        322
Hamilton          748        841
Hancock        1412      1515
Hardin          780        790
Henderson          423        485
Henry          532        592
Iroquois          481        549
Jackson        1476      1621
Jasper          819        852
Jefferson        1496      1540
Jersey          554        677
Jo Daviess        1664      1877
Johnson        1267      1309
Kane            28          36
Kankakee          147        170
Kendall            55          56
Knox         1022       1146
Lake              6            9
LaSalle          812         887
Lawrence          351         432
Lee          509         565
Livingston          394         468
Logan          305         358
Macon          227         229
Macoupin         1184        1366
Madison          606         686
Marion         1218        1319
Marshall           561          597
Mason           443          438
Massac           390          463
McDonough          698          736
McHenry           214          287
McLean           483          602
Menard           272          345
Mercer           671          755
Monroe           661          794
Montgomery        834          773
Morgan           650          658
Moultrie           227          226
Ogle           740          796
Peoria         1051         1093
Perry           822          956
Piatt           125          135
Pike         1917         2108
Pope         1360         1212
Pulaski          433          439
Putnam          324          389
Randolph        1406        1665
Richland          524          532
Rock Island        638          690
Saline          688          690
Sangamon          524          644
Schuyler         1120        1225
Scott           357          352
Shelby         1002          940
St. Clair           651          691
Stark           206          247
Stephenson         687          797
Tazewell          488          619
Union         1163        1319
Vermilion           628          627
Wabash           171          216
Warren           435          559
Washington          754          803
Wayne          1238       1188
White           606          602
Whiteside           512          648
Will           225          260
Williamson         1103        1145
Winnebago           306          379
Woodford           550          726
Total        66501        72111