Illinois Deer News

Morris, Plan to harvest deer, monitor disease draws fire January 23, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... CWD (chronic wasting disease) is a problem is certain parts of northern Illinois, including around Morris.... The state wants to harvest an undetermined but small number of deer to take brain tissue samples...  

...  deer harvest total increased from 897 in 2013 to 976 in 2014 in McHenry County despite the state total plummeting from 148,614 to 145,804. The state drop was caused in part because 20 fewer counties were open for the late winter antlerless season in 2014 after reaching their deer population goals...

Illinois deer harvest is down again January 22, 2015 Belleville News Democrat
... Hunters bagged 145,804 during the season ... There were 148,614 deer harvested during the 2013-14 season — a total that left many Illinois hunters complaining about how the state manages the deer herd...  47 percent does and 53 percent bucks.

Three charged with illegally hunting deer in Illinois January 13, 2015 Illinois, State Journal Register 
... accused of illegally killing 13 deer... charges of felony resource theft, unlawful hunting by use of lights from a vehicle and unlawful deer hunting at night...

Prairie Advocate
... a preliminary total of 76,547 deer during the 7-day traditional firearm deer hunting season ... compares to 74,318 harvested during the 2013 firearm season... 

Declining deer harvest a big issue in Illinois December 27, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times
... The historic collapse of the number of deer harvested by Illinois hunters in the 2013-14 seasons looks as though it will be nearly mirrored in the 2014-15 seasons.  In the 2013-14 seasons, hunters harvested 148,569 deer, down 17.8 percent from 180,811 in 2012-13. There was a 25.3 percent drop in firearm harvest, from 99,546 in 2012 to 74,318 in 2013.

Deer hunting practices need to change December 26, 2014 Illinois, Commercial News 
... one thing we all agreed on is that these Late Winter, Antlerless Only Deer Seasons need to be stopped immediately as they are detrimental to the deer herd. If the IDNR doesn’t stop them, hunters need to do so by refusing to hunt those seasons! If the seasons aren’t ended, the deer herd will continue to decline! ...

Hunters: 'we know the score' December 25, 2014 Illinois, Outdoor News
...  there seems to be a common theme when deer hunters get together... my group of hunters and multiple other groups we’ve talked with did not see very many deer at all ... I personally think the deer herd is in decline and hasn’t reached the bottom yet.” ...

Bobcat hunting may return to Illinois after 40-year hiatus December 22, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
...The bobcat was on Illinois' threatened species list from 1977 to 1999...  estimates the bobcat population has grown to 5,000 statewide ...hunters have reported seeing fawn bones near bobcat dens... awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn's approval, amends the wildlife code to allow hunters to kill one bobcat in a season that would run Nov. 1 to Feb. 15...

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.” ...

Illinois Data: An estimated  700,000 deer in 2013 after a 25 percent drop in the harvest. The number of deer licenses for 2014 were 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 750,000 to 800,000 deer in 2012.  The dramatic harvest declines have become a major issue.  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.  The 2014 harvest was 47 percent does.
     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.
    Once nearly extinct, the bobcat population has grown to around 5,000 in 2014.


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