Thursday, January 3, 2019

Late Season Archery Harvest Numbers

Deer harvest totals stayed up the majority of the 2018 - 2019 season with 60% of the 57,237 taken by compound bow and 39% harvested by crossbows.  While there is still a time to fill those tags, hunters during last weeks harvest shot 75% does.  

Kellie with her mature buck from Macoupin County.  It scored 160 7/9.  Big congrats to Kellie on her harvest!
Through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 57,237 deer, compared to 55,599 for the same period in the 2017-18 season. Harvest to date has consisted of 47% does and 53% males (27024:30213). During the past two weeks, antlerless deer have comprised 75% of the harvest.
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 as of January 1 were Pike (1,958), Fulton (1,479), Jefferson (1,369), Adams (1,316), and Williamson (1,073).

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