Illinois Deer Population: A nearly stable population from 2013 to 2019 of around 645,000 to 670,000 deer with a modest upward trend following a large decline from 2012 when the population was about 775,000. Hunting data indicates a downward trend from 2019 into 2021. About 670,000 deer in 2019, 665,000 in 2018, 660,000 in 2017 and 650,000 deer in 2016 based on hunting data. About 670,000 deer in 2015, 650,000 in 2014, and 645,000 in 2013. Herd analysis at right.


Illinois Deer News

CWD in wild Illinois deer hits high mark October 4, 2022 Illinois, Outdoor News

... An all-time high 218 CWD cases were confirmed in Illinois during Fiscal Year 2022 and the disease prevalence rate for deer taken by hunters was 4.5% ... brings the total to 1,383 positive CWD cases since DNR’s surveillance program began in late 2003..,


Figuring bowhunting for deer in Illinois as the season opener comes Oct. 1 September 23, 2022 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times

... “The majority of counties in Illinois are near their population goals or managed below goal to mitigate the spread of [CWD],” emailed Dan Skinner, forest wildlife program manager. “At this time, the Forest Wildlife Program is considering opening twenty-three counties to the Late Winter Antlerless Only season in an attempt to reduce population size through hunter harvest ...


Here are the signs of chronic wasting disease in deer September 12, 2022 Illinois, WQAD Davenport/Moline

... From 2002 to 2021, IDNR reported 141,074 deer were tested for CWD and 1,165 tested positive. Wildlife Disease and Invasive Species Program Manager Chris Jacques with IDNR said those numbers have increased to over 150,000 for testing and 1,380 for positives..,


'Chronic Wasting Disease' in Deer Subject of IDNR Meetings in Northern Illinois September 7, 2022 Kane County Connects

... First documented in Illinois in 2002 near Roscoe, CWD has been detected in 19 counties across the northern edge and northeastern portions of Illinois, as far south as Kankakee and Livingston counties ..,


Dogs are sniffing out disease in animals vital to traditions of the Blackfeet tribe June 29, 2022 NPR Illinois

... the dogs trained by the nonprofit organization Working Dogs for Conservation will detect chronic wasting disease in deer and elk scat at such sites that serve as watering holes for herds. The idea is to help alert wildlife managers of the disease's presence as early as possible...


Spatial epidemiology of hemorrhagic disease in Illinois wild white-tailed deer. 2022, Scientific Reports

... hemorrhagic disease (HD) ... We evaluated the occurrence of HD in wild Illinois white-tailed deer from 1982 to 2019. Our retrospective space–time analysis identified high-rate clusters of HD cases from 2006 to 2019. The pattern of northward expansion indicates changes in virus-host-vector interactions...


2 Illinois eagles died from lead poisoning this month, and toxic hunting ammunition is likely the culprit March 22, 2022 Chicago Tribune

... studies showing a strong link between widespread lead poisoning in eagles and the use of lead ammunition by deer hunters. The ammunition fragments and disperses in a deer’s body, and eagles ingest it when they feast on “gut piles,” ...


New legislation aims to reduce paperwork for out of state hunting land owners February 28, 2022 Illinois, WSIU Radio

... In Illinois if land owners allow hunting on their property, they must provide IDNR with documentation proving they own the land and the property taxes are paid... House Bill 5042 in January to will change the requirement to every five years ...


State releases number of deer hunted in past season February 25, 2022 Illinois, WREX

... The state reports a preliminary total of 147,004 deer were harvested, a number that compares to the total from the 2020-2021 season at 162,752...


City of Galena conducts annual deer count February 2, 2022 Illinois, Telegraph Herald

... 140 deer were counted ... 2018 count found 136 ... In 2019, 211 .. and in 2020 ... 200...


2019-2020 Illinois Deer Hunter Report 2022 Illinois Department of Natural Resources

... Eighteen percent of hunters (n = 230)

reported knowing someone that shot but did not retrieve a deer during the 2019-20 season with a

total of 61 deer not retrieved... Respondents reported that the most essential items for deer hunting (aside from license, permit, bow or firearm/ammunition) were: (1) tree stands (71%), (2) binoculars (39%), (3) cover scent (39%), and (4) range finders (39%) ..,


Reindeer Once Roamed Illinois December 24, 2021 WTTW News

... a 17,000-year-old reindeer jaw old from Kendall County, IL ... You wanna leave a treat for Santa’s team? Set out some moss....


Hunting guide says 2021 deer season produced average totals December 20, 2021 Illinois, thecentersquare.com

... The 2021 preliminary harvest for the 7-day 2021 Illinois Firearm Deer Season wound up with 71,675 deer reported, compared to 77,160 deer harvested in 2020...


For bow hunters, 2021 deer harvest numbers down December 19, 2021 Illinois, thecentersquare.com

... “My experience tells me that it looks like the deer population is down a little this year,” ... Mayo is in the sport as much for the quest as for the harvest...


Numbers tell major tale for deer hunters December 18, 2021 Illinois, commercial-news.com

... figures show a decline of approximately eight percent decline over last season an approximately 5-6 percent decline over 2019... these figures tell a tale of a declining deer population within the state!..


UI researchers express concern about COVID-19 spread in deer populations December 16, 2021 Illinois, The Daily Illini

... For Schauber, the primary concern is how humans transmitted the virus to deer in the first place... it’s another reminder that human health isn’t isolated from animal health...


Endangered deer's prion gene could protect it from chronic wasting disease November 24, 2021 Illinois, EurekAlert!

... According to a University of Illinois-led study, Père David’s deer has gene variants that may naturally protect the animals from the ravages of CWD... China’s Père David’s deer was nearly gone in the late 1800s. Just 18 deer ...


Illinois DNR To Test Up To 1,000 Deer For Coronavirus This Winter November 8, 2021 Patch

... Similar tests from last year in Iowa showed the virus spreading rapidly in local deer populations... Eric Schauber, a biologist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, told WCIS in August that 7 percent of deer tested in Illinois had antibodies for the virus...


Deer-harvest totals drop significantly during early archery season October 28, 2021 Illinois, The News-Gazette

... Illinois has seen the number of killed drop in the last decade and a half — from 200,000 in 2005 to 120,000 in 2019. Correspondingly, the number of deer-vehicle wrecks has dropped from 174.5 to 150.7 per billion miles traveled during the same period. “In the mid-2000s, we were at a peak of deer population and deer accidents,” ..,


IDNR offers free deer meat testing for chronic wasting disease October 15, 2021 Illinois, The Center Square

... a deer can carry the CWD infection for several years without showing any outward signs of the disease...


Bowhunting deer in Illinois: As season opened, a COVID-19 question, usual updates and a historical note October 8, 2021 Illinoia, Chicago Sun-Times

... “Generally speaking, populations will be similar to those we observed going into the last hunting season. The Department will likely be adding two counties to the late-winter antlerless-only hunt in an effort to decrease populations that have continued to grow despite increases in permit quotas.... Dan Skinner, forest wildlife program manager ..,


Deer mating season begins; IDOT warns motorist to be vigilant October 4, 2021 Illinois, WAND

... Autumn marks the start of deer mating season ... more than 43% of crashes involving deer in Illinois occurred in October, November and December, with November being the highest-risk month...


Illinois hunters can expect plenty of Whitetail deer to harvest this fall October 1, 2021 The Southern.

.. “Weather conditions are looking good with an average to moderate winter and ample rainfall this spring and summer for the majority of the state. Northeastern Illinois and parts of Southern Illinois have experienced near-drought or drought ... As has been the case for the past decade or so, the Illinois deer population has remained stable..,


A deer is finally freed, with some sedation, from a rope swing in Barrington September 1, 2021 Illinois, DailyHerald.com

... the deer was frantic and running in a circle, at times leaving its feet and swinging by its antler ... "His adrenaline was so pumped that it took us three rounds of anesthetic to get him groggy," Keller posted on Facebook....


DNR: 4 Illinois juveniles ran over deer, committed 119 wildlife violations July 16, 2021 WISHTV8

... accused of killing the deer by shooting them from trucks, using a spotlight at night to shoot them, and intentionally running them over with their vehicles and stabbing and kicking them to death....


Multiple people charged in deer poaching scandal, allegedly shot and ran over 20 deer in Illinois and Indiana June 22, 2021,walls102.com

... everything from felony resource theft, unlawful taking of whitetail deer, unlawful use of tag of another person, and unlawful use of a spotlight to felony animal torture, reckless driving, criminal trespass to real property, and unlawful discharge of a firearm from a public right of way,” ...


SIU forestry student tracks mule deer routes to protect habitats April 13, 2021 Illinois, SIU News

... Mule deer populations have been declining across the western United States for decades, with the decline being even more pronounced on the Navajo Nation, Manninen said. Scientists lay the blame on several factors, including habitat loss, overgrazing by livestock, disease and predation...


River Forest, Deer committee narrowly votes to recommend culling February 10, 2021 Illinois, Wednesday Journal

... survey included responses from 1,514 River Forest residents... in response to whether the respondent had experienced any “deer issues,” with 49 percent reporting none and 51 percent reporting yes... Prefer lethal (killing of deer via professional sharpshooting): 22 percent ... Prefer non-lethal (no killing deer) options (i.e. more traffic signs, education): 27.8 ...


Deer Hunting Seasons Conclude with Hunters in Illinois Taking Preliminary Total of 162,575 Deer February 1, 2021 Illinois DNR

... Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 162,575 deer during all 2020-21 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded Jan. 17, 2021. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 153,174 deer in 2019-20..,


Despite rise in deer incidents, Galena officials tout hunting program's success January 27, 2021 Illinois, telegraphherald.com

... City leaders started the deer hunting program in 2018 after discovering that the local deer population was 136 ... Despite these efforts, the city’s deer population has risen. The most recent deer count in January 2020 put the local population at 200 ...


Hunter cited $10k, charged over illegally harvested 12-point buck in Illinois January 21, 2021 Illinois, KWQC

... illegally harvested a 12-point buck whitetail deer 42 minutes after legal shooting time ... issued a $10,000 civil penalty per statue for the assessed value ...


Animal Lovers Hope Archdiocese Halts Killing Of Deer At St. Casimir Cemetery; ‘What They Should Be Doing Is Tranquilizing … And Relocating Them’ January 15, 2021 Illinois, CBS Local

... deer are being killed on this property, by licensed professionals with permission from the church... former hunter Rich Franks... visits his four-legged friends every day at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s St. Casimir Cemetery ...


Figures announced for opening of deer hunting season December 24, 2020 Illinois, Piatt County Journal-Republican

... in three area counties, IDNR wants to increase the deer population — Champaign, Piatt and Douglas. That’s why it issued “antlers only” permits ... In 20 other counties, however, IDNR would like to reduce the numbers and offers an additional firearm season ... bases its decision on whether to raise or lower the deer population on the number of deer-vehicle crashes ..,


Deer Herd To Be Reduced At Darien-Area Preserve December 8, 2020 Illinois, Patch

... The residents "were just concerned and questioned why that needed to be done," Sullivan said. "I explained that it was a forest preserve decision, not a city decision."...


Sangamon County history: The County's first hunting license November 29, 2020 Illinois, Lincoln Courier

... In 1901, Illinois imposed what was supposed to be a five-year moratorium on deer hunting. As it turned out, whitetail deer basically had disappeared from the state, so that “temporary” closure lasted 56 years..,


IDNR releases deer harvest numbers for 1st weekend of firearm season November 26, 2020 Illinois, Paducah-Cape Girard KFVS-TV

... hunters harvested 47,147 deer compared to 50,173 deer taken in the first firearm season in 2019...


Illinois deer hunting: Harvest by bowhunters surges ahead of 2019 rate November 10, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times

... an extra weekend of hunting may have contributed... I don’t think that explains the whole of nearly a 5,000 deer increase in harvest... Harvest to date has consisted of 51% males and 49% females ...


Researchers Find Lead Contamination in Shotgun-Harvested Deer October 21, 2020 Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan University

... nearly half of ground venison packets from shotgun-harvested deer may contain metal fragments –– including lead –– potentially leading to adverse health effects for humans and wildlife... published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology ...


Mating season means more deer in the headlights, officials warn September 30, 2020 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times

... the risk of deer-vehicle collisions at its highest from October through December ... deer are most active at dawn and dusk... More than 16,000 Illinois crashes last year involved deer ...


Concerning numbers arise for IDNR surrounding deer season September 25, 2020, Illinois, The Southern Illinosian

... “We generally had pretty good weather, a lot of rain,” Schlicting said. “It wasn’t too hot this summer. We’re expecting the population to be in really good shape coming into fall... We have a restricted archery season in central eastern Illinois where we are trying to raise the numbers.” ..,


Lead Contamination in Ground Venison from Shotgun-Harvested White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Illinois WA Wilson, RG Harper, G Alexander, M Perara… - Bulletin of Environmental …, 2020

... Ground venison packets from shotgun- and archery-harvested White-tailed Deer in Illinois in 2013 and 2014 were analyzed for metal contamination. Radiographs indicated that 48% of 27 ground venison packets from 10 shotgun-harvested deer contained metal fragments, while none of the 15 packets from three archery-harvested deer contained fragments...


Illinois DNR Receives USDA Award to Continue Land Access Program April 30, 2020 myradiolink.com

... The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is awarding more than $2 million to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to encourage private landowners to allow public access to their land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation... expanded activities such as youth shotgun deer hunting and archery deer hunter days ...


Deer harvest numbers down in Knox County January 27, 2020 Illinois, WGIL Radio News

... hunters in the county bagged 2,258 head of deer in the most recent hunting season. That number is down from 2,293 the season before...


Illinois deer hunting: Overall harvest up slightly in the 2019-20 seasons January 24, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times

... Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 153,048 deer during all 2019-20 archery and firearm seasons ... The driver in that increase came from a higher archery harvest ... 45 percent does and 55 percent males...


Deer not always a common sight in Illinois January 7, 2020 LaSalle News Tribune

... Aldo Leopold of the Illinois Game Survey ...wrote in 1931 the last instance of deer in Northern Illinois occurred in 1874, although there were still deer kept in pens across the state... by 1940 the nearly non-existent deer population was up to 500 statewide. Limited hunting was allowed again in 1957 after the deer population was properly recovered at a reported 3,100 known...


Illinois Deer Population, A century ago in January December 30, 2019 MyWebTimes.com

... When Illinois was being settled, the forests were filled with deer. But they were hunted to virtual extinction by the late 1800s. To see if the deer population could recover, deer hunting was banned by the state and did not resume until the 1950s. By 2008, the deer population was estimated at 800,000 to 1 million. But by 2017, it had dropped to an estimated 660,000..,


River Forest, Vote coming on River Forest deer-culling program December 23, 2019 Illinois, Wednesday Journal

... The village board was originally set to vote on a deer culling contract in November. But when a large group of residents came out to protest -- even as a smaller, but equally passionate group urged the trustees to proceed -- the board agreed to suspend the vote...

Before culling deer, what River Forest should learn December 23, 2019 Illinois, Wednesday Journal

... Is there a deer-related public safety problem? Some trustees say yes. But the five-year history of deer-related car accidents leads to the opposite conclusion. We've experienced half as many deer accidents this year (four) as we did last year (eight), and the lowest number in the past three years...


Firearm deer harvest down, despite better second season in Illinois December 11, 2019 Chicago Sun Times

... A preliminary total of 75,349 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded Sunday, Dec. 8. The 2019 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 80,957 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2018...


Hunter dies during Galena deer drive December 9, 2019 Illinois, WQAD

... a man died from being shot in the head during a 10 person deer drive in Galena...


Deer harvest down for season start November 28, 2019 Illinois, Jacksonville Journal-Courier

... a preliminary total of 50,173 deer this past weekend ... down from 58,836 ...


Fewer Hunters Means Fewer Conservation Dollars In Illinois November 22, 2019

WGLT News

... a near half-century of declining participation in hunting ... As state revenue declines from hunting licenses and the sale of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, Duquette said that's forced the state to cut back on conversation efforts...


November is courtship time for deer in forest preserves November 18, 2019 Illinois, Daily Herald

... The rut in northern Illinois begins in October and lasts through November or early December. The early rut is triggered by the steady decrease in daylight... When bucks' testosterone skyrockets, they become restless and reckless. They're keen on following does ...


Deer harvest by Illinois bowhunters stays well ahead of pace in 2018-19 October 21, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times

... Through Sunday , October 20, 2019, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 13,948 deer, compared to 11,351 for the same period in 2018...


Deer mating season increases Illinois’ vehicle crash danger October 14, 2019 WGN-TV

... be alert for deer on roadways during their mating season... more than 15,600 deer-vehicle crashes in Illinois last year...


Deer species believed to be hunted into extinction in the 1930s 'could still be alive' after scientists find 'fresh' pair of antlers in Laos September 9, 2019 Illinois, Daily Mail

... Researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois have now confirmed the antlers are from a Schomburgk's deer, despite the species being declared extinct more than half a century earlier... a small population of the deer lived in a remote area in central Laos ...


River Forest, Suburb Considers 'Sharp-Shooter Program' as Deer Complaints Rise July 22, 2019 Illinois, NBC Chicago

... they are damaging gardens, eating fruit trees and leaving behind droppings. ... While some residents agree with the idea of a sharp-shooter program, others say the deer have nowhere to go after significant rains flooded the woods...


Impacts of Coyotes (Canis latrans) on White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Behavior and Mortality in the Chicago Region [PDF] G Anchor - 2019

... Predation by coyotes was the primary cause of mortality (77.8%) of white-tailed deer fawns at our study site. Furthermore, white-tailed deer remains were found in most coyote scats (53.5%) but the presence of these remains were highest in scats collected in the summer (83.9% in 2017; 61.3% in 2018). The results of the fawn mortality analysis and scat analysis suggest that there are high incidents of coyote predation on white-tailed deer fawns but provide little evidence of predation on adult ...


General crossbow usage builds change February 9, 2019 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times

... Nearly all of the 2018-19 harvest spike came from archery season ... The rise in crossbow harvest in Illinois mirrors what has happened even more dramatically in Wisconsin. In the last two seasons, bowhunters in Wisconsin have harvested more with crossbows than with vertical bows...


Western Illinois leads the state in deer hunting totals February 1, 2019 Illinois News Network

... "In 2012, we saw a few counties that saw some pretty significant loss of deer through EHD," Ed Cross with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said. "If you look at the counties that had higher harvest rates this year, you can see some of those counties are starting to bounce back..,


Illinois 2018-19 Deer Hunting Seasons Result in Preliminary Harvest of 151,577 Deer January 29, 2019 Illinois DNR News

... Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 151,577 deer during all 2018-19 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded on Jan. 20. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 147,695 deer in 2017-18. During the 2018-19 deer seasons, hunters took 45 percent does and 55 percent males..,


Low deer population results in fewer late season "open" counties December 20, 2018 Illinois, Journal Gazette and Times Courier

... in our east central Illinois area is Shelby according to the DNR map provided on their website. It’s obvious that the deer numbers are down in most of our areas and the recent outbreaks of diseases associated with whitetail deer are also of concern...


Illinois hunters kill 1 percent more deer than last year December 6, 2018 Illinois, Herald & Review

... Illinois hunters killed 80,896 deer during the seven-day firearm season that concluded on Sunday, a 1 percent increase over the total killed a year ago...


Deer populations rebounded; season good so far for Coles County hunters November 28, 2018 Illinois, Journal Gazette and Times Courier

... 2012 was the worst year for EHD in Illinois, when 2,043 cases were reported from 76 counties... The disease devastated a good chunk of the local population and since then, that population has rebounded ..,


Jefferson County fifth highest deer harvest in state November 26, 2018 Illinois, The Shoppers Weekly

... a total of 58,836 deer were harvested throughout the state during the first weekend ... higher than the harvest during the first weekend of firearm season in 2017, when the total was 51,450 ...


Deer harvest in archery stays ahead of last season November 27, 2018 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times

... Through Monday, November 26, 2018, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 51,025 deer, compared to 50,738 for the same period in 2017. Harvest for the last seven days was 2,918, with 611 deer taken on Saturday and 403 taken on Sunday...


Illinois hunters take 58,836 deer during opening firearm weekend November 21, 2018 Illinois, The State Journal-Register

... The three-day total was 14 percent higher than last year’s opening weekend for firearm hunting...


Opening day of Illinois’ firearm deer season November 17, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times

... more than 200,000 hunters were expected in the fields ... More than snow cover (which makes it easier to spot deer) ... Nov. 16 was the earliest start to firearm season, so more rut activity was expected...


Archery harvest stays ahead of 2017-18 November 13, 2018 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times

... Through Monday, November 12, 2018, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 42,654 deer, compared to 41,345 for the same period in 2017... 47% does and 53% males ...


Deadly Deer Disease Nears Indiana's Borders November 13, 2018 Illinois, WFY

... about 25 miles from Newton County... DNR encourages hunters in the northeast and northwest corners of the state to get their deer tested before eating them...


Deer rescued from CTA tracks euthanized November 13, 2018 Illinois, WGN-TV

... because of multiple fractures, (a) severely broken back leg, open wounds and low likelihood of survival in the wild ...

Deer on tracks suspends CTA Blue Line service between O’Hare, Harlem November 12, 2018 Illinois, WGN-TV

... deer got stuck ... appeared to be OK and unharmed...


EDH outbreak plagues Illinois deer November 3, 2018 Illinois, WAND

... As of October 29, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has received reports of 432 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer ... The worst year for EHD in Illinois was 2012, when 2,968 cases were reported from 87 counties..,

EHD, More than 400 deer in Illinois suspected of dying from virus transmitted by biting flies November 2, 2018 Chicago Tribune

... hundreds of reports across 49 counties of white-tailed deer who may have died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease ... In 2012, the hottest year on record in Illinois, the state saw its worst epizootic outbreak ..,


Public lands are Uplands hot spots October 30, 2018 Illinois, RiverBender.com

... Wildlife populations have thrived due mainly to various habitat enhancement programs... food plots containing corn, sorghums, millets, lespedezas, sunflowers and a wild game food plot mixture provide wintering populations with a nutritious source of feed... game populations at these sites seem to maintain their numbers ...


Deer harvest really picks up for bowhunters October 22, 2018 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times

... Through Sunday, October 21, 2018, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 13,068 deer, compared to 10,912 for the same period in 2017. Windy conditions slowed the weekend harvest on Saturday (10/20), but Sunday (10/21) yielded the highest daily harvest to date (1,717 deer)...


IDNR gives deer harvest update for 2018 October 12, 2018 Illinois, Monticello Herald Journal

... Through Oct. 8 Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,583 deer, compared to 4,950 for the same period in 2017. Harvest to date has consisted of 70 percent does and 30 percent males ...


IDNR tracking EHD cases in white-tailed deer October 11, 2018 Illinois, Annanews

... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reported on Sept. 19 that it had received reports of 55 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, EHD, in white-tailed deer so far in 2018... EHD was virtually absent in 2014 and at low levels in 2015, 2016, and 2017..,


Illinois drivers face slight increase in likelihood of deer collisions October 2, 2018 Rochelle News Leader

... Illinois drivers have a slight increase in likelihood of hitting a deer compared to a year ago. Chances of hitting a deer in Illinois have increased to 1 in 200 ...


IDNR prohibiting archery harvest of antlerless deer September 27, 2018 Illinois, Journal Gazette and Times Courier

... Deer population levels in the five east-central Illinois counties are below currently adopted county goals in the region. Similar harvest restrictions for archery deer hunters during the late 1990s and early 2000s were effective in boosting the size of the deer herd in east-central Illinois...


Rauner vetoes plan to study supplemental deer feeding September 26, 2018 Illinois, Fox2Now

... says that the study’s scope should be better defined ...


IDNR Issues Heads-Up For Deer Hunters September 26, 2018 Illinois, Alton Daily News

... low deer numbers in Champaign, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties ...


IDNR Prohibiting Archery Harvest of Antlerless Deer Oct. 1-15 in Five East-Central Illinois Counties September 21, 2018 Illinois, IDNR News

... Hunters are prohibited from harvesting antlerless deer during the first 15 days of the Illinois Archery Deer Season in five east-central Illinois counties as part of an effort to grow the deer herd in the region, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today..,


Report Suspected Cases of EHD in Deer September 19, 2018 Illinois, Illinois.gov

... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has received reports of 55 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in 2018, with EHD appearing at low to moderate levels in counties on or near the Illinois River ... The worst year for EHD in Illinois was 2012, when 2,043 cases were reported from 76 counties... Infected animals develop a high fever, and dead animals often are found near water sources..,


New laws make penalties for poaching stiffer September 11, 2018 Illinois, Quad-Cities Online

... Illinois now has a scaled system were any antlered deer is an $1,000 fine plus a multiplier depending on the number of points it has. For example, a 12-point buck likely would start with a restitution ticket of around $10,000...


New laws to keep hunters and wildlife safe in Illinois August 27, 2018 FOX Illinois

...new house bill requires people who illegally capture or kill white-tailed antlered deer to pay restitution to Illinois Department of Natural Resources...


Illinois Public Land Deer Hotspots for 2018 August 20, 2018 Game and Fish

... It has been found that deer-and-vehicle accidents are an accurate barometer of herd population trends. The Illinois Department of Transportation manages one of the most comprehensive databases in this field for the entire country...


Will feeding Illinois deer hasten their demise? Bill ignites debate over bucks, does August 1, 2018 Illinois, Chicago Tribune

... a bill that would launch a trial program to see what might happen to the state’s wild herd if Illinois lifts a 15-year-old rule that makes it illegal to feed deer ... “Is supplemental feeding, on balance, more supportive of the deer population even if it means there will be a few more cases of CWD or not?”... said Rose, a Republican from Mahomet ...


Influence of the geographic distribution of prion protein gene sequence variation on patterns of chronic wasting disease spread in white-tailed deer AL Brandt, ML Green, Y Ishida, AL Roca, J Novakofski… - Prion, 2018

... Specific nucleotide variations in the prion protein gene (PRNP) sequence have been associated with reduced susceptibility to CWD in white-tailed deer. Though genetic resistance is incomplete, the frequency of deer possessing these mutations in a population is an important factor in disease spread ... In north-central Illinois where CWD was first detected, counties had a low frequency of protective haplotypes (frequency <0.20); whereas in northwestern Illinois counties, where CWD cases have only more recently been detected, the frequency of protective haplotypes (frequency >0.30) was much higher (p < 0.05)...


Supplemental Deer Feeding A Possibility In Illinois July 19, 2018 WNIJ

... After weeks of robust discussion and a parliamentary hold on the legislation, lawmakers are now moving forward with an effort to hopefully enhance the health of the deer population in Illinois by providing supplemental nutrition... allows the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute to conduct a five year study on the health effects of supplemental deer feeding...


Illinois Chapter opposes supplemental deer-feeding bill June 4, 2018 The Wildlife Society

... House Amendment 002 was proposed on May 21 and would provide for different parameters for the supplemental feeding study. These include prohibiting supplemental feeding during the first year of the study. In each subsequent year, feeding could occur from Feb. 1 to Aug. 15.....


Deer Gives Birth After Being Hit By Car In Naperville May 31, 2018 Illinois, Patch.com

... the deer gave birth to the fawn "shortly after she died." The fawn had broken its leg in the womb ... fawn was recovering and had stood up despite its cast and broken leg...


Deer Gives Birth After Being Hit By Car In Naperville May 31, 2018 Illinois, Patch.com

... the deer gave birth to the fawn "shortly after she died." The fawn had broken its leg in the womb ... fawn was recovering and had stood up despite its cast and broken leg...


Deer feeding bill gets massive makeover, passes Senate May 3, 2018 Illinois, Outdoornews

... Senate Bill 2493, which originally stated “a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Wildlife Code when not in active deer hunting season . . .” was amended on Tuesday to become a call for a study on feeding wild deer by the University of Illinois...


Setting Fires and Restoring an American Landscape April 23, 2018 Illinois, New York Times

... For thousands of years, indigenous Americans ignited the landscape. Fire, they knew, brought bison and deer to hunt, and berries and tubers to harvest. European colonizers took these strategies and practiced them for centuries — but things changed in the early 20th century... The United States Forest Service started the Smokey Bear campaign, which portrayed all fire as destructive...


McLean's neighborhood deer relocated to a new home April 19, 2018 Illinois, WEEK

... A white-tailed doe who had become friendly with residents of the village of McLean was relocated Wednesday to a new home...


Illinois Senate panel tentatively OKs plan to feed wild deer April 17, 2018 WQAD

... State Sen. Chapin Rose recently told lawmakers in Springfield that there are veterinarians who say feeding deer outside of hunting season will help keep the animals healthy... They voted to approve the plan ...


This whitetail deer conspiracy is just too outrageous to believe February 16, 2018 Illinois, Northwest Herald

... a man who told me that IDNR sharpshooters had killed every deer in a particular county near Chicago. He claimed that every single deer was gone. He told me that the IDNR was responding to the deep pockets of the auto insurance companies ...


Suspected EHD Cases in Deer at Low to Moderate Level in 2017 - 2018 February 8, 2018 Illinois, Public now

... (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease)... 66 reports were received from concerned landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer from 32 counties ... 2012 was the worst year for EHD in Illinois with 2,968 dead deer reported to IDNR from 87 counties..,


Soil characteristics may be related to chronic wasting disease persistence, study finds February 5, 2018 Illinois, Phys.Org

...Chronic wasting disease is caused by a prion, a sort of mutant protein ... the amount of clay in a given soil was a major determining factor to predict where the disease was more likely to persist... Soils with more than 18 percent clay were associated with a steep drop in cases of the disease...


Illinois archery deer harvest up by 4469: Leads overall deer harvest spike January 22, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times

... Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 147,535 deer during all 2017-18 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded on Jan. 14. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 144,303 deer in 2016-17. During the 2017-18 deer seasons, hunters took 44 percent does and 56 percent males..,


Deer harvest during archery season stays up: Illinois deer hunting January 9, 2018 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times

... Through Monday, January 8, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 56,648 deer, compared to 52,263 for the same period in 2016. Total harvest to date has consisted of 45% does and 55% males (25657:30991). During the past 7 days, harvest sex ratios have been 59% female and 41% male...


Trooper gave civilian his shotgun to shoot wounded deer January 7, 2018 Illinois, Peoria Journal Star

... An Illinois State Police trooper has been disciplined for lending his service shotgun to a civilian to put down a wounded deer... its hind legs incapacitated ... the Journal Star has contacted state police headquarters in Springfield and requested any written firearms policy. There has been no response...


Deer harvest up and down in region December 16, 2017 Illinois, Jacksonville Journal-Courier

... Most west-central Illinois counties saw an increase in the number of deer harvested during firearm season ... Scott County ... saw a decrease, going dropping more than 18 percent from last year’s harvest... decreased numbers from last season were Pike County ... and Cass County ..,


Lake County, Deer management column sparks debate over county practices December 8, 2017 Chicago Tribune

... the forest preserves contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hire sharpshooters using infrared equipment to take out deer after closing time from certain preserves at a current annual cost of $75,000... comments on Facebook ...


Hunters harvest more than 80K deer during firearm season December 7, 2017 Illinois, 13 Your News Leader

... the preliminary total for the seven-day season that ended Sunday was 80,021 deer. Last year hunters harvested 79,559 deer..,


Nothing to fear during Lake County's deer management season December 5, 2017 Illinois, Chicago Tribune

... between 100 to 130 deer were culled each year in the decade leading up to 2010, when the program was expanded to more preserves and the number came in above 200 annually... a density goal of 15 to 30 deer per square mile ... In the 2014-15 season, the forest preserves reported a total of 234 deer culled ...


Deer Numbers Slightly Down November 30, 2017 Illinois, thejournal-news.net

... Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 51,365 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season on Nov. 17-19. We are a little down on the numbers this year as hunters took 54,452 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2016..,


Illinois conservation police cite illegal deer hunting November 25, 2017 fox2now.com

... a major focus of the Nov. 8-9 detail was on unlawful feeding of white-tailed deer and hunting in baited areas...


Illinois data: Based on hunting data the population has been approximately stable from 2013 to 2019 with a modest upward trend following a large decline from 2012. In 2022 the state reported that a majority of counties are near or below their deer population goals. An estimated 670,000 deer in 2019, 665,000 for 2018. Deer populations in 2021 were thought to be stable to slightly increasing in a few regions, but hunting data indicates a downward trend since 2019. In a 2021 survey most hunters reported seeing fewer deer over the past five years. Good weather in 2020 supported populations. In 2020 the state changed hunting regulations to increase the deer population in three counties and reduce the population in 20 counties.


The 2017 harvest data indicate of stable to slightly increasing population of about 660,000 deer, an increase in west-central counties. Another modest increase in 2019, but large decline in Scott county. In 2018 antlerless restrictions for east-central counties were implemented to grow the herd. A deer population in 2016 of around 650,000 deer based on harvest data. About 670,000 deer in 2015, 650,000 in 2014, and 645,000 in 2013 estimated using harvest data. By 2018, some regions the herd had rebounded from the state's worst outbreak of EHD in 2012.


After a 25 percent drop in the 2013 harvest, the number of deer licenses for 2014 were reduced by 4.1 percent to 592,457. Reduced again in 2015 to 577,244. Reasons for the decline include adverse weather conditions, herd reduction efforts and deer mortality due to outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). Deer management goals are generally maintaining to increasing the herd. The 2014 harvest was 47 percent does, 49 percent in 2013. About 750,000 to 800,000 deer in 2012.


The dramatic harvest declines became a major issue. In 2008 the population was estimated at 800,000 to 1 million, the peak population was at around this time. An estimate of nearly 800,000 deer in 2004. The herd population was under a managed decline from 2005.


About 750,000 deer in 1995, the peak during the 1990s. 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 2017 deer population was well below the state's carrying capacity, but populations are being managed with regard to social issues such as crop damage and deer-vehicle collisions. 97 percent of the state's hunting property is privately owned with just 836,000 acres of public land.


Peak of the rut is November 8 - 11.


Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in the deer herd in 2002 near Roscoe. CWD was found in 19 northern counties by 2022 with over 150,000 deer tested. There were 1,383 for positives since testing began and 218 positives during Fiscal Year 2022.


Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) Some EHD mortality occurs every year, but is worst in drought conditions when deer congregate around muddy areas where the midges that spread the disease are found. The worst recent outbreak was in 2012 when 2,043 dead deer reported to IDNR from 76 counties. EHD nearly absent in 2014 and at low levels in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Over 400 died in 2018.


An estimate of 800,000 deer in 2009.


History: Illinois forests were filled with deer as settlement began. Over hunting during early settlement led to the virtual extinction of deer in Illinois by the late 1800's. Deer hunting was limited in about half the state by 1873 with the last open season in 1900. " The last deer in Northern Illinois was reported in 1874, although there were still deer kept in pens across the state. In 1901, Illinois imposed what was supposed to be a five-year moratorium on deer hunting. "As it turned out, whitetail deer basically had disappeared from the state, so that “temporary” closure lasted 56 years." By 1940 the deer population was about 500.


Prior to the 1950s, occasional escapes and releases of deer from privately-owned preserves, translocations conducted by the Illinois Department of Conservation (currently IDNR) and the United States Forest Service, and possibly immigration of deer from adjacent states led to the reintroduction of white-tailed deer in Illinois." History More History


"By 1950, white-tailed deer were known to inhabit 68 Illinois counties, and 33 counties were opened for deer hunting in 1957." An estimate of 2,550 in 1949-1950 and more than 3,075 in 1950-1951 (p. 12). A census in 1957 showed about 15,000 deer concentrated in the far northwest of the state with some in the southern forests and the first modern firearm season opened.


Even by the 1970's, it was rare to see a deer. History "... during the 1980s while (firearm) hunter success appeared to stabilize at 45-47 percent. During the 1980 firearm deer season, 20,700 deer were harvested by 75,800 permittees statewide compared to a peak harvest of 123,792 deer with 329,940 permits in 2005. Projections based upon population trend data indicate a stable to slightly declining statewide population from 2004 through 2008." More history.


Deer Population Estimates: 1940: 500. 1950: 3,100. 1960: 19,195. 1968: 25,000.


Bobcat, once nearly extinct, the population grew to around 5,000 by 2014.


Report Poaching and Baiting: 1-877-2-DNR-LAW


Other useful links:

- Living with White-tailed Deer in Illinois, University of Illinois Extension - Chronic Wasting Disease Statistics - Deer Vehicle Accident Goals, used to set population targets. - Fox Valley Wildlife Center - Illinois Deer Hunting Information


Below a graph of the Indiana Deer Hunt Results from 2011 to 2020 from IDNR