Deer hunting numbers down in county, state

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 11:42 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – It was a weak harvest for Illinois deer hunters this year, including those in McHenry County, who made 146 fewer kills than in 2012.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released harvest totals this week from the annual seven-day firearm deer hunting season that showed a significant drop in deer killed around the state, falling from 99,546 in 2012 to 74,191 this year. In McHenry County, the number dropped from 418 to 272.

Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said a number of factors including poor weather played into the decrease but research would continue to establish and maintain the ideal deer population.

“While bad weather conditions throughout the state played a role, it cannot be the only factor,” Miller said in a press release. “Our biologists will evaluate deer management goals on a county-by-county basis to achieve stability in our deer herd.”

As part of the evaluation, biologists will review hunter surveys and feedback from open house forums conducted last spring.

Archery deer season will continue through Jan. 19. More information can be found at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.

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