Bowhunters closing in on state record harvest
Credit crossbows. Credit the mild weather. Credit a resurgent deer herd.
Or credit the skills of Illinois hunters.
It seems likely the state record archery harvest set in 2006 will soon fall. As of today, (Jan. 9), the 2019-20 harvest stood at 65,583 deer. The 2005-06 harvest was an all-time best of 66,093. That means hunters need to take 430 deer in 10 days (the season ends Jan. 19).
In past seasons, hunters have averaged nearly 500 deer on the final day of the archery season, so it looks likely the record will be shattered.
Meanwhile, read more about the deer season in the Jan. 10 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.