Monday, October 29, 2018

4th Round of Archery Deer Hunting Harvest Numbers above Last Year

The preliminary numbers for the 4th week of the archery deer harvest are out and the numbers are still ahead of last years numbers.   Bucks are on the move, 47% of the deer shot in the last week were bucks.  Also, 60% of the deer harvested this year have been by compound, 39% by crossbows and 1% by traditional bows.   You can read the full report from the IDNR as well as the county by county comparison below. 

This buck was shot last year here here in Illinois by our friend Jason. 
County by County
Through Sunday, October 28, 2018, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 18,483 deer, compared to 16,617 for the same period in 2017. Harvest for the past week was 5,415, peaking on Saturday with 1,449 deer, and slowing with the windy conditions on Sunday.
Harvest to date has consisted of 62% does and 38% males (11530:6953), but males comprised 47% of the harvest during the past seven days. 
Sixty percent of the harvest has been taken using compound bows; 39% by crossbows; and 1% by traditional bows (longbows and recurves).

Top five counties for harvest so far this season were Pike (595), Fulton (464), Jefferson (415), Adams (404), and JoDaviess (370).

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