Illinois Deer News

Weather again plays factor in deer harvest December 18, 2014 Illinois, The Southern
... the statewide deer harvest was up slightly statewide several Southern Illinois counties showed marked increases over 2013... Because of heavy snow last year, 2013 harvest was down considerably ...

Several area counties close to late-season deer hunt December 13, 2014 Illinois, Alton Telegraph
... Though up slightly from the 2013 total of 74,318, it still translates into better than a 20 percent reduction in harvest from 2012... Beginning in 2008, the IDNR adopted deer herd management goals based on recommendations of the General Assembly’s Joint Task Force on Deer Population Control... a 14 percent reduction statewide (from peak levels) in the rate of automobile accidents with deer...

Second firearms deer season harvest makes up some ground December 10, 2014 Illinois, Outdoor News
... the total 2014 firearms harvest at 76,547, a modest bump from the 74,318 deer harvested during the 2013 firearms season...

TV Show Charged With Hunting Violations December 4, 2014 Illinois, WSIL TV 
...  An Illinois Conservation Police investigation into the Wired Arrow Outdoors television show has resulted in the company's owners, pro-staff members and guests being charged with 134 wildlife violations, including the taking of 18 deer illegally in Illinois...

Where have all the deer gone? December 1, 2014 Illinois, Sauk Valley Media 
... Each year the number of hunters increase and the harvest decreases... it’s not blue tongue disease, and deer haven’t become smarter, and we hunters haven’t got dumber. We know numbers are down in a big part of the state, and the reason has been the slaughter sponsored by the IDNR...

Illinois firearms deer harvest continues to decline November 28, 2014 Quincy Herald Whig
...  hunters bagged 51,830 deer, which was nearly a 4,000 decline from 2013 ... which turned out to be the lowest deer harvest in more than 20 years...

... the preliminary total is 51,830 deer for the Nov. 21-23 weekend. That's down from nearly 56,000 during the first weekend of the 2013 firearm season ...

Firearm deer hunt is under way November 23, 2014 Illinois, The Telegraph
... from the first 47 days of the season show hunter success ahead of last year’s total for this same period... Illinois deer hunters had harvested 44,003 whitetails during this period. And, the figures are slightly ahead of those in 2013. Last year’s total during this period was 43,670...

Biologist expects slightly higher deer harvest November 20, 2014 Illinois, Daily Register 
... In previous drought years hunters — especially archery hunters in October — have found deer killed by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, but Bozett said wet conditions over the summer along with an early frost have slowed that disease. EHD disease is spread by a biting midge, what we commonly call “no-see-ums,” ...

... There were 74,191 deer taken during the seven-day firearms season in 2013, compared to 99,546 deer killed in 2012. In fact, it was the lowest harvest total since 1990... Already, the archery harvest total is exceeding last year's pace with 44,003 deer reportedly harvested. It's a slight increase over the 43,670 deer taken during the same time frame last year ...

Results of the 2012-13 Allerton Park Deer Hunter Survey November 19, 2014 Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
... To try and curb the deer population at Allerton Park (Monticello, Illinois), a deer
management program was instated in the fall of 2004 to reduce the size of the herd... All 35 Allerton Park hunters were mailed an 8-page questionnaire, and we received 23 (70%) questionnaires. Ninety-five percent of Allerton Park hunters indicated they had hunted at the park in previous years; 45% indicated there was no change in harvest for the 2012-13 season from previous years...

DuPage culling nearly 400 deer from its preserves November 16, 2014 Illinois, Daily Herald 
... Federal sharpshooters are in the process of culling nearly 400 deer as part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve ... Started in 1993, the current goal of DuPage's deer management program is to maintain a population that's about 15 to 20 deer per square mile. [recent U.S. Forest Service research puts the optimal number at about 15 to 28 deer per square mile with forest regeneration at higher densities] ...

... Through Sunday, November 9, 2014, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 33,707 deer, compared to 32,568 for the same period in 2013.  Harvest to date has consisted of 50.4% does and 49.6% males ...

Hungry deer can pose threat to shrubs, trees November 8, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Tribune 
... The best way to hold off deer is with fences, Linsner says. It takes an 8-foot fence to block leaping deer, he says, but they won't jump if they are not sure of the landing space. That makes it very effective to have two parallel fences 4 to 6 feet high and 4 or 5 feet apart...

Deer harvest back on the upswing November 7, 2014 Illinois, The Southern
... Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 23,039 deer, compared to 22,405 for the same period in 2013 through Nov. 2... 60.4 percent does ...

Deer-car collisions continue to decline November 3, 2014 Illinois, State Journal Register 
... Collisions totaled more than 25,800 in 2004, according to Illinois Department of Transportation figures.  Last year, the figure was just over 15,300 collisions... Late-season hunting days are adjusted based on target collision thresholds by county that indicate the deer population is rising, falling or at a good balance...

Kane County, State officials want to shoot up to 130 deer in Kane County forest preserves October 31, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Daily Herald
...  Meissner-Corron forest preserves would also see deer culling for the first time in the state's latest efforts to control the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease ...  the actual number of deer culled last year was 65 ...

Illinois Drop In Archery Deer Harvest October 27, 2014 IDNR News
... Through Sunday, October 26, 2014, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 15,610 deer, compared to 16,553 for the same period in 2013. Harvest to date has consisted of 64.4% does and 35.6% males (10046; 5564). Top five counties are Pike (528), Fulton (481), Jefferson (405), JoDaviess (335), and Williamson (306)...

Deer harvest should rebound this season October 17, 2014 Illinois, The Southern
... The record deer harvest in Illinois -- 201,209 -- occurred in 2005...  “As to whether we get back up to the 180-200,000 range, I’m skeptical we would do that... There is no question the Illinois deer population is down from its peak. Standards adopted in the last decade called for a 14 percent overall decrease...

Archery deer harvest up October 10, 2014 Illinois, The Southern
... Harvest consisted of 70 percent does and 30 percent males (3439; 1476)...

IDNR announces changes for 2014-15 deer hunting seasons October 6, 2014 Illinois, Bureau County Republican
... In 2008, the IDNR began using trends in the rate of deer-vehicle accidents (DVA) as an index of deer population status in each county ... The most recent goal changes, which adjusted the deer goals higher in 41 counties [see announcement] ... Illinois was among a number of Midwestern and Great Lakes region states in which deer harvest declined in 2013-14, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio...

... Most of the serious crashes involving deer are the result of evasive maneuvering by drivers in an attempt to miss the deer. This may result in a head-on crash with another vehicle, or a fixed-object crash ...

Illinois Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 1, 2014 gameandfishmag.com
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Mt. Vernon, Deer season open in Mt. Vernon October 1, 2014 Illinois, Mt. Vernon Register-News
... The City Council approved bow hunting in the city limits in 2011 ... “We’re getting rid of 20 to 25 deer a year with the hunting program, which actually means we are reducing the number of deer by 50 to 75 the next year. It’s more common now for deer to have twins as opposed to single births.” ...

Hunters Gear Up for Deer Season September 29, 2014 Illinois, CIproud.com
... Bow-hunting season begins Wednesday ... a near-record number of hunting certificates were distributed last year... 

White-tailed deer: A reason to stay home from school September 25, 2014 Illinois, The Southern
...  in the culture of Southern Illinois that some schools suspend classes for the opening day of deer season... A couple of generations ago, white-tailed deer were virtually extirpated from the region. In the 1950s and '60s, seeing a deer was something of a novelty...

State Police Caution: Watch for Deer September 24, 2014 Illinois, Vermilion County First
...  this is the time of year when car-deer collisions rise... crashes involving them usually increase near dawn (4 until 7 a.m.) or dusk (5 until 10 p.m.)...

The Crossbow Effect September 19, 2014 Illinois Bowhunting
... In 2003, the state sold 271,162 resident adult archery licenses... In 2009 – the first year crossbows were legal during any bowhunting season – the state sold 274,583 resident adult archery licenses. That figure has climbed every year since then, hitting 312,045 in 2013. That was the first time in nearly 20 years that sales of those licenses were above 300,000...

U.S. Deer Herds in Trouble September 17, 2014 Illinois, Mother Earth News
... Historians believe that nearly 30 million whitetails existed across about 80% of the U.S. before its discovery by European. The mule deer range was about half that size, and their numbers were estimated about one-third that of whitetails... the U.S. deer herd dwindled to 1/60th of its 15th-century population... Unfortunately, individual state deer management, once based in science, has now grown to be political...

Will County to continue deer culling program September 16, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Tribune 
... Last year, the district spent $46,449 to remove 206 deer from the preserves. District officials this year's costs to be close to the same....  trained sharpshooters ...

Car collisions with deer on decline in Illinois September 16, 2014 Illinois, The Morning Call
... the encouraging news that the number of collisions is much lower than the peak year of 2004, when the Illinois Department of Transportation recorded 25,847 motor vehicle-deer accidents.  In 2013, that number was 15,328 ...

Drivers warned to watch for deer September 16, 2014 Illinois, Illinois News 
... [In Illinois] The odds are one of 211 drivers. You're most likely to hit a deer in October, November and June. That's because those are hunting and mating seasons... [fawning season in June]

State CWD cases up in FY14, national attention grows September 8, 2014 Illinois, Outdoor News
... There were 59 confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in Illinois deer during the fiscal year that ended June 30 ... 36 cases confirmed during the previous fiscal year... In Wisconsin, the first state east of the Mississippi to detect CWD, about 8 percent of adult male deer in the “core” CWD zone had the disease in 2002 when it first showed up. That figure now stands at about 25 percent...

Fences can kill deer; Hunter trying to raise awareness September 8, 2014 Illinois, Springfield News-Leader
... he was shocked last week to find a 10-point whitetail deer impaled lifelessly on a homeowner's tall spiked fence in east Springfield... According to MDC [Missouri] records, in 2013 there were 113 fence-related deaths and 5,219 vehicle related deaths in Missouri; in 2012, 132 fence, 5,578 vehicle; in 2011, 124 fence, 5,999 vehicle; in 2010, 135 fence, 5,707 vehicle; in 2009, 138 fence, 6,930 vehicle...

ConnectTriStates.com 
... Deer hunting is now officially a go at Macomb's Spring Lake Park...

IDNR tweaked deer-hunting regulations for the good of the herd August 16, 2014 Illiinois, Chicago Sun-Times 
... You don’t have a historic 25 percent drop in firearm deer harvest in one year without changes being made... The key changes were 20 counties were removed from the late-winter antlerless season and firearm permits were reduced by 11,300 from the 277,585 available in 2013-14... 

Illinois youth firearm deer hunt is Oct. 11-13 August 12, 2014 AdVantage News
... Last year, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law legislation extending the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt from a two-day to a three-day season, providing an additional hunting day on the Columbus Day holiday... 

IDNR announces changes in deer hunting seasons July 31, 2014 Illinois, Annanews
... Deer-vehicle accidents are an accurate barometer of Illinois deer population trends. 
The deer-vehicle accident rate, DVA, in 2013 was similar to 2012, even though deer harvest numbers declined from 180,811 in 2012 to 148,614 in 2013... In 2013 the DVA rate of 145.3 accidents per billion miles driven was down slightly from 148.3 in 2012... DVA goals

Rock Island, First Full Season Of Rock Island Deer Hunt July 31, 2014 Illinois, FOX18 
... It's trying to control the population after a study showed a large herd living within city limits... The population is stable, but more active than last year... deer traffic crashes remain pretty constant in the city... 

... Expected predator–prey dynamics were altered in this highly urban system. Though we predicted deer would avoid coyotes on the landscape based on an “ecology of fear” framework, deer and coyote occupancy showed a strong positive association. We suggest that a scarcity of quality habitat in urban areas may cause the species to co-occupy habitat despite potential fawn predation...

IDNR cutting deer permits July 26, 2014 Illiinois, The News-Gazette
... According to IDNR, last year's significantly lower harvest numbers are due to a combination of factors, not just the state's effort to reduce accident rates. Among them: 2012 and '13 outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a sometimes-fatal viral infection of white-tailed deer, and poor weather during last fall's firearm season...The number of deer-vehicle accidents in Illinois peaked in 2004, when 25,847 were reported ... 15,326 last year ....

Deer hunting changes this winter July 23, 2014 Illinois, WEEK News 25
... In 2008, the IDNR began using trends in the rate of deer-vehicle accidents (DVA) as an index of deer population status in each county and adopted a specific objective for each county based on accident rates ... The deer-vehicle accident (DVA) rate in 2013 was similar to 2012, even though deer harvest numbers declined from 180,811 in 2012 to 148,614 in 2013... Last year, 277,585 firearm permits were available, compared with 266,285 for the upcoming season...

IDNR tells changes for upcoming deer season July 23, 2014 Illinois, The State Journal-Register
... Miller says the changes reflect the department's commitment to managing the state's deer population "to provide recreational opportunity while being mindful of public safety ...

... There will be 158,010 either-sex permits available this season, compared to 162,935 last year. There will be 108,275 anterless-only permits available this season, compared to 114,650 last year....

...  Statewide, the number of either-sex permits is being reduced by 4,925. Antlerless-only permits are being reduced by 6,375. The 11,300 permits amount to a reduction of about 4.1 percent. Last year, 277,585 firearm permits were available compared with 266,285 for the upcoming season... 

Carbondale Allows Bow Hunting at Cedar Lake July 16, 2014 Illinois, WSIL TV 
... Bow hunters will have a new place to go this fall. The Carbondale city council has approved opening Cedar Lake to archers as a way to cut down on the number of deer.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says about 15 to 20 deer per square mile is pretty high [15 to 28 deer per square mile is optimal for forest regeneration according to a recent forest service study]

Macomb, Backers see no problem with hunting at lake July 16, 2014 Illinois, McDonough Voice 
... Alderman Clay Hinderliter, a local weapons instructor, has been serving as the city's point man in developing a bow hunting policy for Spring Lake Park... City Administrator Dean Torreson said the plan is for the deer hunting to be zoned, with an October start and then a Nov. 1 expansion after walking trails have been closed for the season...

Big game dispute, sling bow arrow July 7, 2014 Illinois, Herald & Review 
... the DNR still won't allow sling bow arrow hunting for “big game,” such as deer and turkey. Now the Tuscola-based Huffer, an American Indian, has left fly with a $5 million federal lawsuit accusing DNR director Marc Miller and his department of racial discrimination.  Huffer, the son of a Cherokee father and a Menominee mother, says the DNR has tried to claim the slingshot doesn't have the power necessary to qualify as a humane hunting weapon for big game...

... In the 1930’s a wealthy Chicago businessman ...  imported a herd of seven fallow deer from Asia... The fallow deer do not interbreed with the white tail deer native to the area, but given time and a habitat relatively free from predators, the fallow deer slowly became the dominant species spotted around Waterfall Glen... in the mid 90’s both the fallow and white tail deer herds ... have been culled ...  There are believed to still be around 40-50 fallow deer in the preserve ...

Genetic assignment tests reveal dispersal of white-tailed deer: implications for chronic wasting disease ML Green, MB Manjerovic, N Mateus-Pinilla… - Journal of Mammalogy, 2014
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was first detected among white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Illinois in 2002. Although CWD was focused in northern Illinois, 4 infected deer were sampled in 2011 from locations greater than 100 km south of the disease focus. We used assignment tests  to determine a likely genetic source location for infected deer...  Distances for males were greater than those for females using Oncor, but there was no difference in distance based on age. Because there are few barriers to gene flow for white-tailed deer, managers should reduce movement of deer in CWD-infected areas ...

     Total Harvest (all seasons): 148,614.   Record Harvest: 201,209 (2005).  Harvest Sex Ratio (all seasons): 50.9% male: 49.1% female; (38.9% antlered: 61.1% antlerless).  The 2013 total harvest was an historic drop from the total of 180,811 in 2012 ...

Carbondale, Discussion of deer hunting at Cedar Lake June 24, 2014 Illinois, The Southern 
... the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been requesting for many years that the city allow the hunting of the deer. Currently the white-tailed deer may only be hunted on the south portion of the lake, where the property is owned by the United States Forest Service... LeRoy Yoder, Co-owner of Echo Valley Orchards in Carbondale, said the white-tail deer have been a problem to his business for a long time now...

... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been asking the city for several years to consider allowing hunters to harvest white–tailed deer around the lake... The proposal would permit bow–hunting over a four year period ...  

Galena council approves deer cull May 27, 2014 Illinois, Telegraph Herald 
... The Galena City Council will move forward with a plan to cull deer within city limits, despite objections from residents and some council members.  The decision came after the council narrowly voted down a motion at its Tuesday meeting by Council Member Charles Fach...

Galena, Reprieve for deer in Galena? May 24, 2014 Illinois, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... Galena City Council members will reconsider a plan to cull deer within city limits after nearly 200 residents signed a petition objecting to it.  Anna Hemm and other city residents said shooting deer within the city is dangerous and that a small percentage of Galena homeowners "want to protect their garden at the price of destroying these beautiful creatures." ...

Odd info from the 2012 agriculture census, deer farms May 11, 2014 Illinois, Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
... Elk ... 249 on farms statewide, down from 1,170 five years earlier.  Five farms in Vermilion County reported having elk. Two farms in Moultrie County had elk, as did one each in Champaign, Douglas and Iroquois counties... Vermilion County was the king of area counties, with 248 deer on eight farms. Douglas County had 162 deer on five farms; Moultrie County, 105 deer on nine farms; Champaign County, 77 deer on three farms...

Saving the musk deer May 2, 2014 Illinois, Jacksonville Journal-Courier
... The future of an increasingly rare, predominantly Asian animal is in the hands of a young Illinois College chemistry student...  ...  “Unfortunately, the deer have been hunted to near extinction in pursuit of [muscone] ... Nick aims to provide an alternate, economically viable method of producing muscone in order to save the musk deer.” ...

Illinois deer hunting: Update from the IDNR April 29, 2014  voices.suntimes.com
... Last fall’s deer harvest numbers in Illinois were down more than 20 percent during the traditional firearm seasons, possibly due to a combination of back-to-back outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic (EHD) disease in 2012 and 2013; poor weather during firearm seasons; and, efforts to reduce deer numbers over several years...  Illinois’ deer management goals are based on deer-vehicle accident rates ...

Kane County forest commissioners might expand deer hunting April 25, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Daily Herald
... Thirty-eight hunters harvested 25 deer ... Commissioner Phil Lewis said he'd like to see the success of the hunting program continue by adding deer hunting in other preserves...

... Department of Natural Resources says they will use the money to fund current projects, including research on deer and catfish... 

Two men arrested for wildlife violations April 7, 2014 Illinois, The News-Gazette 
... Illinois Conservation Police say the men used a spotlight on a deer and attempted to shoot it from a road at night...  the arrests were made following a year-and-a-half-long investigation... 

... The 2013-2014 deer harvest was about 148,500. That was a drop from nearly 181,000 the previous season. Costello says DNR might adjust the deer-hunting seasons and regulations... [Comment from reader]: Illinois is the only state in the country to manage the entire states deer herd using only DVA's, deer vehicle accidents...

Expect changes in deer seasons as DNR tries to improve herd March 21, 2014 Illiinois, Belleville News Democrat
... The poor deer harvest during the recent 2013-14 hunting season has Illinois lawmakers demanding answers ... "We're going to try to do something to increase the deer population," ...

Group hopes to manage deer population March 15, 2014 Illinois, My Journal Courier 
... the Illinois Whitetail Alliance ...  is urging hunters to contact lawmakers in support of the proposals to help restore the state’s deer herd back to acceptable levels ... reducing the pressure on the overall deer harvest ...

Fatal deer disease kept at 1-2 percent March 14, 2014 Illinois, The Daily Journal 
... The state effort is both to reduce herd density in CWD infected areas and "to have younger deer who aren't as infected," ... Since CWD was first identified in Illinois deer in 2002, a total of 408 cases have been confirmed, primarily in northern counties next to or near Wisconsin, where the disease is prevalent....

Changes may be coming in deer management March 5, 2014 Illinois, Bloomington Pantagraph
... This year 148,569 deer were harvested compared to 180,811 in the same time period a year ago. Biologists believe factors in the decline included very adverse weather with more snow and severe cold, higher than normal deer mortality because of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue, and heavier deer reduction efforts for maintenance of parks and timber in some locations...

CWD Discovered in Will County March 2, 2014 Illinois, ChicagoNow
... The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Illinois was reported in Boone County in November of 2002 ...  As of June 2013, there have been 408 official cases of deer with CWD in Illinois...

... Researchers found no statistical differences in the CWD rates between the two states from 2003 to 2007 when both actively culled deer. However, the disease rate increased in Wisconsin in the five years after it ended culling... The study recently published in the journal “Preventive Veterinary Medicine” was done by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign...

Deer harvest down in Illinois, Kane County February 25, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times
... , hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 148,569 deer during all 2013-14 seasons, compared with a total harvest of 180,811 in 2012-13... adverse weather, herd reductions to achieve management goals and, in some locations, deer mortality due to outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease,” the release states...

Illinois Data: About 700,000 deer in 2013, although the significant drop in the deer harvest, an 18 percent decline, has many thinking the herd population is down in 2014. The number of deer licenses for 2014 have been reduced by about 4.1 percent in response.  Reasons for the decline include adverse weather conditions, herd reduction efforts and deer mortality due to outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD).  About 700,000 to 725,000 in 2012. Another estimate puts the number at 750,000 to 800,000.  In 2008 the population was estimated at 800,000 to 1 million. About 750,000 in 1995, the peak during the 1990s.  The herd population had been under a managed decline since 2005. The Illinois General Assembly decided deer management should be linked to the number of auto-deer accidents.  In 2008 the Task Force on Deer Population control recommended a 14 percent reduction in the rate of deer vehicle collisions from peak levels, the IDNR began increasing the harvest to achieve that goal in 2009. 
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in the deer herd in 2002.
    Over hunting during early settlement led to the virtual extinction of deer in Illinois by the late 1800's.  They were reintroduced by bringing in deer from other states.  Even by the 1970's, it was rare to see a deer.  History  The 2013 harvest was 50.9 % male and 49.1 % female.

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