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Scott Graves of rural Vienna killed this large buck within a couple of hours of the opening of the first deer season last week. The 11-point, 205 pound deer was harvested in Johnson County Friday morning and unofficially scored at 150 (Boone and Crockett scoring system). Graves is awaiting official scores. The Vienna Times welcomes stories and photos of your experience in the outdoors during the deer seasons. Send your photos, with details to viennatimes@frontier.com, or drop them by the office at 305 E. Main St., Vienna.

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Scott Graves of rural Vienna killed this large buck within a couple of hours of the opening of the first deer season last week. The 11-point, 205 pound deer was harvested in Johnson County Friday morning and unofficially scored at 150 (Boone and Crockett scoring system). Graves is awaiting official scores. The Vienna Times welcomes stories and photos of your experience in the outdoors during the deer seasons. Send your photos, with details to viennatimes@frontier.com, or drop them by the office at 305 E. Main St., Vienna.

 

Illinois Firearm Deer First-Season Harvest Totals Over 72,000 Deer

Increase of more than 5,000 over last year’s first weekend

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today reported that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 72,111 deer during the opening weekend of the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season, Nov. 16-18.  The second portion of the firearm season will be Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The preliminary harvest total of 72,111 for the first three days of the 2012 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 66,501 deer during the 2011 deer season.  The top county harvest total last weekend was in Pike with 2,108 deer, followed by Fulton (2,048), Adams (1,938), Jo Daviess (1,877) and Randolph (1,665).  For the entire seven-day firearm season in 2011, hunters harvested 98,820 deer.  The preliminary first-season figures reported for each county include those deer taken on special hunt areas within that county as well as on private land.

“Hunters enjoyed near perfect conditions during our first firearm weekend,” said Paul Shelton, IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “Temperatures were cool, winds were calm, crops were out of the fields, and rutting activity was ongoing.  We hope hunters enjoyed their time in the field.”

Approximately 60 percent of the deer taken during the first weekend of firearm hunting were bucks, compared with 61 percent bucks taken during the first weekend of the firearm season in 2011.

The IDNR has issued more than 334,000 firearm deer hunting permits so far for the 2012 season.  For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at this link:  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer. Remaining firearm deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include the second segment of the firearm season on Nov. 29-Dec. 2, the three-day Muzzleloader-only Deer Season on Dec. 7-9, and the seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season on Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013.  Hunters are reminded that 10 fewer counties will be open for the Late-Winter season in 2012-13 (see map):

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/LateWinterDeerSeasonMap.pdf.

For more information on Illinois deer hunting regulations, check the IDNR web site at this link:
www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

 

The table below provides preliminary county harvest totals for the first segment of the 2012 firearm season and comparable figures for the first season in 2011.

County

2011

2012

 

Adams

1784

1938

 

Alexander

326

304

 

Bond

551

545

 

Boone

95

96

 

Brown

846

992

 

Bureau

905

1014

 

Calhoun

713

668

 

Carroll

708

835

 

Cass

445

580

 

Champaign

195

239

 

Christian

510

472

 

Clark

871

951

 

Clay

938

909

 

Clinton

583

580

 

Coles

530

502

 

Crawford

749

831

 

Cumberland

663

701

 

DeKalb

131

143

 

DeWitt

288

299

 

Douglas

176

145

 

Edgar

513

605

 

Edwards

248

314

 

Effingham

745

728

 

Fayette

1322

1284

 

Ford

85

96

 

Franklin

852

907

 

Fulton

1775

2048

 

Gallatin

365

331

 

Greene

917

991

 

Grundy

298

322

 

Hamilton

748

841

 

Hancock

1412

1515

 

Hardin

780

790

 

Henderson

423

485

 

Henry

532

592

 

Iroquois

481

549

 

Jackson

1476

1621

 

Jasper

819

852

 

Jefferson

1496

1540

 

Jersey

554

677

 

Jo Daviess

1664

1877

 

Johnson

1267

1309

 

Kane

28

36

 

Kankakee

147

170

 

Kendall

55

56

 

Knox

1022

1146

 

Lake

6

9

 

LaSalle

812

887

 

Lawrence

351

432

 

Lee

509

565

 

Livingston

394

468

 

Logan

305

358

 

Macon

227

229

 

Macoupin

1184

1366

 

Madison

606

686

 

Marion

1218

1319

 

Marshall

561

597

 

Mason

443

438

 

Massac

390

463

 

McDonough

698

736

 

McHenry

214

287

 

McLean

483

602

 

Menard

272

345

 

Mercer

671

755

 

Monroe

661

794

 

Montgomery

834

773

 

Morgan

650

658

 

Moultrie

227

226

 

Ogle

740

796

 

Peoria

1051

1093

 

Perry

822

956

 

Piatt

125

135

 

Pike

1917

2108

 

Pope

1360

1212

 

Pulaski

433

439

 

Putnam

324

389

 

Randolph

1406

1665

 

Richland

524

532

 

Rock Island

638

690

 

Saline

688

690

 

Sangamon

524

644

 

Schuyler

1120

1225

 

Scott

357

352

 

Shelby

1002

940

 

St. Clair

651

691

 

Stark

206

247

 

Stephenson

687

797

 

Tazewell

488

619

 

Union

1163

1319

 

Vermilion

628

627

 

Wabash

171

216

 

Warren

435

559

 

Washington

754

803

 

Wayne

1238

1188

 

White

606

602

 

Whiteside

512

648

 

Will

225

260

 

Williamson

1103

1145

 

Winnebago

306

379

 

Woodford

550

726

 

Total

66501

72111

 

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