By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON —
More than 4,000 deer were harvested during deer hunting season in Jefferson County.
Deer harvest totals were released Friday by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, with a preliminary state-wide total of 180,669 deer taken during all 2012-13 hunting seasons. The final season closed last weekend after the archery deer season and last segments of late winter and special chronic wasting disease deer hunting seasons on Jan. 20.
In Jefferson County, 1,379 deer were taken during archery season; 95 were taken in youth season; 2,184 were harvested in firearm season; 84 were harvested in muzzleloader season; 524 were taken in late winter/chronic wasting disease season.
Throughout the state, the dear harvest for this season was down from last year by 782 deer. During the season, 49 percent of the deer harvested were does, and 51 percent males. The record deer harvest in Illinois was in the 2005-06 season, when 201,209 deer were taken.
“We hope Illinois deer hunters had an enjoyable time afield this year and took advantage of the many hunting opportunities afforded them,” said Paul Shelton, IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager. “In the coming months, deer biologists will be reviewing all available data and making any needed program changes in order to ensure the continued well-being of Illinois’ deer herd for this and future generations.”
Harvest totals for surrounding counties were:
n Franklin County — 870 during archery season, 42 in youth season, 1,309 in firearm season, and 34 in muzzleloader season for a total of 2,255;
n Hamilton County — 539 during archery season, 29 in youth season, 2,076 in firearm season, 36 in muzzleloader season, and 165 in late winter/chronic wasting season for a total of 1,958;
n Marion County — 1,089 during archery season, 66 in youth season, 1,774 in firearm season, 64 in muzzleloader season, and 299 in late winter/chronic wasting season for a total of 3,292;
n Washington County — 375 during archery season, 17 in youth season, 1,098 during firearm season, and 34 in muzzleloader season for a total of 1,524;
n Wayne County — 892 during archery season, 53 in youth season, 1,721 during firearm season, 43 in muzzleloader season, and 430 in late winter/chronic wasting season for a total of 3,139; and
n White County — 568 during archery season, 33 in youth season, 872 in firearm season, 24 in muzzleloader season and 306 in late winter/chronic wasting season for a total of 1,803.