2004 Deer Population Estimate

Illinois Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

Deer Forecast September 1, 2004 Outdoor Life
... Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deer biologist Paul Shelton ... notes a "slight upward creep in the deer population the last couple of years," toward 800,000 deer statewide...

Iowa, Illinois deer herds have rebounded from 'nothing' December 28, 2011 Illinois, Quad City Times
... there was a time around the late 1800s and early 1900s when white-tailed deer had been hunted almost to extinction in both Iowa and Illinois. ... Iowa’s peaked at 414,861 in 2006 and is now at 295,984... Illinois had two peaks: close to 750,000 in 1995 and near 800,000 in 2003-04 ...now at about 700,000 ... In 2008, the [Illinois] General Assembly decided deer management should be linked to the number of auto-deer accidents ... “The carrying capacity for deer is very high, higher than most people want to tolerate,” ...


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