Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Round 6 of Archery Harvest Numbers Show Bucks in the Rut

That cold front that pushed through last week showed in this weeks archery harvest numbers.  Harvest numbers are still up for the year and the ratio doe vs buck are slowly starting to switching for the season.  66% of deer taking this week were bucks. As the orange army takes the field this week, will that ratio finally switch over to more buck harvested for the season?  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources sent out a reminder on Firearm Safety and CWD Check-in Stations.   

County by County Comparison
Trev harvested this nice buck in Stark County, Illinois.  Congrats Trev
Through Monday, November 12, 2018, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 42,654 deer, compared to 41,345 for the same period in 2017. Harvest for the last seven days was 15,255, with 3,040 deer taken on Saturday and 3,231 taken on Sunday.
Harvest to date has consisted of 47% does and 53% males (20137:22517), but males comprised 66% 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). 
The top five counties for archery deer harvest through November 12 were Pike (1,498), Fulton (1,135), Adams (1,036), Jefferson (948), and JoDaviess (894).

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