Final deer harvest up slightly in 2017-18

(Photo by Bill Diers)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 147,535 deer during all 2017-18 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded Jan. 14. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 144,303 deer in 2016-17.

During the 2017-18 deer seasons, overall harvest breakdown was 56 percent bucks and 44 percent does.

Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 57,937 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1, 2017 and concluded on Jan. 14, 2018.  That compares with the harvest of 53,468 during the 2016-17 archery season.

Youth: Youth deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,372 deer during the three-day Illinois Youth Deer Season (Oct. 7-9, 2017), compared to 3,272 in 2016.

Traditional firearm season: Hunters took a preliminary total of 80,021 deer during the Illinois firearm deer season on Nov. 17-19, 2017 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017, compared with 79,559 deer taken during the 2016 firearm season.

Muzzleloader: Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 3,700 deer during the muzzleloader-only deer season on Dec. 8-10, 2017, compared with harvest 3,308 in the 2016 muzzleloader season.

Late-winter seasons: The 2017-18 late-winter antlerless-only and special CWD deer seasons concluded on Jan. 14, 2018, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 3,505 deer, compared with a harvest of 4,696 deer taken during those seasons in 2016-17.  Season dates for the seven-day late-winter and CWD seasons were Dec. 28-31, 2017 and Jan. 12-14, 2018.

For tables with a county-by-county summary of preliminary deer harvest results for 2017-18 and harvest results for 2016-17, click here.

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