Illinois Hunters Harvest 144,000 Deer in 2016, Down From 2015 Harvest

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 144,150 deer during all 2016-17 seasons, which concluded January 15th. That’s down more than 11,000 from the 2015-16 total, which was 155,229.

In Winnebago County, hunters took 912 deer this year, compared to 1021 in 2015-16.

The reduction in numbers state-wide is despite the fact that the same amount of counties were initially open to hunting. Four counties open previously for the late-winter season were closed for 2016-17 because they had reached deer population goals. One county was added.

During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 44% does and 56% males.

Here’s a breakdown of Winnebago County’s 2016-17 preliminary harvest:

  • Archery – 459
  • Youth – 10
  • Firearm – 324
  • Muzzleloader – 13
  • Late-Winter Season – 106
  • Total – 912

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