State deer take down, muzzeloaders show 26 percent increasePosted by Jack Howser on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 @ 12:54 pm.
ILLINOIS— It appears Illinois drivers will have to do a bit more swerving from one lane to the other, sliding in gravel and even skimming through a local corn or wheat field in coming months after this year's deer season (2016-2017), as, although hunters took some 144,150 of the tasty critters off the roadways, that’s a seven percent drop from last year's take.
Harvest numbers break it down to 56 percent bucks and 44 percent does.
More detailed stats, by season, include 53,479 bagged by archery hunters, a decrease from the previous year.
During youth season, young hunters took 12.5 percent more than the year before, bagging 3,259 deer.
The traditional seven-day firearm season shows that hunters bagged 79,429, a decrease of 8.5 percent.
Muzzleloader hunters increased their take to 12 percent over the previous year with 3,297 bagged.
The late-winter antlerless, seven-day season claimed 4,686 deer bagged, a 26 percent decrease from the year before.
Always use caution when traveling in deer-prone areas, especially when it's cold and when night falls. If you're not familiar with where the deer-prone areas are...well, in southern Illinois, it's pretty much everywhere. Unless the hunters get out and thin the herd, we're on our own. Be sure your insurance is paid up.
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