One consistent refrain has been heard statewide from Illinois
archery hunters concerning the opening weekend of the 2010 deer
The deer are moving.
A cool snap met hunters on the Oct. opener and continued through
Sunday. Many hunters apparently “got while the getting was good.”
According to Paul Shelton, DNR’s wildlife program manager, a total
of 5,304 deer were harvested in the first three days, compared to
4,186 in 2009; 3,577 in 2008; 2,158 in 2007; 3,323 in 2006; and
4,245 in 2005.
Harvest sex ratios were 72.3% female to 27.7% male, Shelton
“Keep in mind that some of the years being compared to do not
contain any weekend days, which means you’re comparing apples to
oranges,” he added.