Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 155,131 deer during all 2015-16 seasons, which concluded January 17. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons of 155,131 compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 145,720 in 2014-15. During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 46 percent does and 54 percent males.
A breakdown of Illinois deer hunting seasons is as follows:
Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 56,732 deer during the archery season (October 1, 2015-January 17, 2016), compared with the archery deer harvest of 56,143 in the 2014-15 archery season.
Youth deer hunters harvested 2,841 deer during the 2015 Illinois Youth Deer Season (October 10-12, 2015), compared with 2,770 deer in 2014.
Hunters took a preliminary total of 86,839 deer during the 2015 Illinois Traditional Firearm Deer Season (November 20-22 and December 3-6, 2015), compared with 76,575 taken during the 2014 season.
Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 2,375 deer during the 2015 Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season (December 11-13, 2015), compared with 3,471 in 2014.
The 2015-16 Late-Winter Antlerless Only and Special CWD deer seasons concluded on January 17, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 6,344 deer, compared with a harvest of 6,761 deer taken during those seasons in 2014-15. Season dates for the Late-Winter and CWD seasons were December 31, 2015-January 3, 2016 and January 15-17, 2016.
Looking at totals for local counties, there were 1327 deer were harvested in Effingham County, 2382 in Fayette County, 1149 in Cumberland County, 1518 in Jasper County, 2729 in Marion County, 2006 in Shelby County, 1783 in Clay County, and 1133 in Coles County.