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December 10, 2012

County has seventh-highest deer harvest

MT. VERNON — — Jefferson County had the seventh-highest deer harvest during both weekends of the firearm season in the state.

The 2012 deer season total for Jefferson County came in at 2,178; down from 2,315 taken in 2011. Pike County had the largest deer harvest at 3,068; Fulton County came in second with 2,815; Adams County was third with 2,534; Jo Daviess County fourth with 2,534; Randolph County was fifth with 2,221; and Jackson County was sixth with 2,215.

“If you enjoy deer hunting in warm, spring-like weather, this was the season for you,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton. “One of the benefits of having a split firearm deer season is that we typically avoid getting caught in a single weather pattern that might negatively impact the overall harvest. This year, conditions were much more favorable during the first season and less so during the second, but I think we’re right on track with our harvest in most areas.”

The preliminary firearm season total for the state came in at 99,324; up from 97,820 taken in 2011.

The first firearm season came in with 1,540 taken in Jefferson County and 638 taken in the second season.

Total deer harvested in surrounding counties were:

  • Franklin County, 1,309 total with 907 in the first season and 402 in the second season. A total of 1,314 were taken in 2011;
  • Hamilton County, 1,189 total with 841 in the first season and 348 in the second season. A total of 1,173 were taken in 2011;
  • Marion County, 1,772 total with 1,319 in the first season and 453 in the second season. A total of 1,856 were taken in 2011;
  • Washington County, 1,099 total with 803 in the first season and 296 in the second season. A total of 1,108 were taken in 2011;
  • Wayne County, 1,716 total with 1,188 in the first season and 528 in the second season. A total of 1,871 were taken in 2011; and
  • White County, 872 total with 602 in the first season and 270 in the second season.  A total of 992 were taken in 2011.

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