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12/6/2012 3:43:00 PM
Gun-deer season total on par with last year
Illinois Valley hunters also did better than last year. Preliminary county totals were 1,399 in Bureau, 1,205 in La Salle, 777 in Marshall and 520 in Putnam.U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo
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Illinois Valley hunters also did better than last year. Preliminary county totals were 1,399 in Bureau, 1,205 in La Salle, 777 in Marshall and 520 in Putnam.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo

Here are the 2012 totals for each county

Adams          2,534

Alexander      448

Bond             754

Boone           142

Brown           1,409

Bureau          1,399

Calhoun        989

Carroll          1,151

Cass              813

Champaign    341

Christian       663

Clark            1,321

Clay              1,217

Clinton          756

Coles            669

Crawford       1,165

Cumberland   934

DeKalb         194

DeWitt          448

Douglas         193

Edgar            843

Edwards        430

Effingham     934

Fayette          1,722

Ford             136

Franklin        1,309

Fulton           2,815

Gallatin         512

Greene          1,350

Grundy         470

Hamilton       1,189

Hancock        2,074

Hardin          1,024

Henderson     633

Henry           845

Iroquois        827

Jackson         2,215

Jasper            1,160

Jefferson       2,178

Jersey            931

Jo Daviess     2,534

Johnson         1,715

Kane             53

Kankakee      247

Kendall         113

Knox             1,602

Lake             9

LaSalle         1,205

Lawrence      592

Lee               783

Livingston     613

Logan           491

Macon           327

Macoupin      1,815

Madison        924

Marion          1,772

Marshall        777

Mason           615

Massac          701

McDonough   1,073

McHenry       415

McLean         785

Menard         467

Mercer          1,016

Monroe         1,011

Montgomery 1,047

Morgan         974

Moultrie        301

Ogle             1,097

Peoria           1,488

Perry            1,294

Piatt              194

Pike              3,068

Pope             1,579

Pulaski          657

Putnam         520

Randolph       2,221

Richland        751

Rock Island   968

Saline           1,017

Sangamon     874

Schuyler        1,704

Scott             490

Shelby          1,273

St. Clair        890

Stark             341

Stephenson    1,048

Tazewell       833

Union           1,798

Vermilion      947

Wabash         311

Warren          756

Washington   1,099

Wayne          1,716

White            872

Whiteside      868

Will              386

Williamson    1,672

Winnebago    503

Woodford       975

Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter



A warm fall was credited with permitting Illinois hunters to kill 99,324 deer during the seven-day firearm season, according to preliminary data from Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

This is about 1.5 percent more, or 1,504 deer, than last year’s gun-deer crop.

“If you enjoy deer hunting in warm, spring-like weather, this was the season for you,” said DNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton.

The highest harvest counties during the split season, Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, were Pike (3,068), Fulton (2,815), Adams (2,534), Jo Daviess (2,534) and Randolph (2,221).

Illinois Valley hunters also did better than last year. Preliminary county totals were 1,399 in Bureau, 1,205 in La Salle, 777 in Marshall and 520 in Putnam.

The split season hedges against bad weather wiping out hunters’ plans, Shelton said.

“This year, conditions were much more favorable during the first season and less so during the second, but I think we’re right on track with our harvest in most areas,” he said.

Nearly three of every four deer killed were taken in the first season, based on DNR data released Thursday.

Deer hunting is by no means over. The muzzleloader-only season starts Friday and runs through Sunday. The archery season continues through Jan. 20.

There also is a seven-day split gun-season for antlerless deer and for a special chronic wasting disease hunt, Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 18-20.










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