By TESA GLASS
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: