The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced the preliminary results for the weekend Illinois Archery Deer harvest, and preliminary results from the weekend Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Season, from the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources.

It includes:

ARCHERY DEER SEASON

Through Oct. 8 Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,583 deer, compared to 4,950 for the same period in 2017.

Harvest to date has consisted of 70 percent does and 30 percent males (1796:787).

Top five counties were Pike (121), Fulton (77), JoDaviess (72), Carroll (68), and Jefferson (63).

YOUTH DEER SEASON

Youth deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 1,650 deer during the 3-day Youth Deer Season (October 6-8, 2018), compared to 2,375 in 2017.

Harvest sex ratios were 54 percent female to 46 percent male (898:752).

Top five harvest counties were Pike (82), Adams (78), Randolph (76), Jefferson (57), and Fulton (53).

For Iroquois County, the numbers are: 17 in 2018, down from 35 in 2017. Ford County was even with 5 for both years. Kankakee County had 22 in 2018 and 32 in 2017. Vermilion County’s 2018 number is 37, down from 2017’s 97.

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