Monday, December 18, 2017

Same Ole Same Ole for Round 9 - That's a Good Thing

Round 9 of the Illinois archery harvest numbers show more of the same.  For pretty much the entire deer season, excluding firearm and muzzleloader, the harvest has been up compared to 2016.  The question is, why this year?  Could it be the lack of blue tongue this year, which had more deer in the field?  Could it be the crossbows?  Or could it be a rebound of the deer herd or just the weather in general?  It's hard to say what played a part in the increase, but by the end of the late winter season we'll sure find out.





ARCHERY DEER SEASON
Through Sunday, December 17, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 53,731 deer, compared to 48,924 for the same period in 2016.

Total harvest to date has consisted of 45% does and 55% males (23942:29789). During the past week, does made up 57% of the harvest.
Top five counties for the 2017-18 season through Dec. 17: Pike (1880), Fulton (1493), Jefferson (1257), Adams (1171), and Williamson (1063).
Here is the county by county numbers for 12 -18 -2017

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