Illinois Deer Population:  The deer population declined in 2016 to around 650,000 deer.  About 670,000 deer in 2015, 650,000 in 2014, and 645,000 in 2013 estimated using harvest data.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Illinois deer harvest data and news archive.

Illinois Deer News

Social and Environmental Influences on Female White-Tailed Deer Dispersal Behavior, Illinois, CM Nixon, PC Mankin - Great Plains Research, 2016
... Dispersal behavior is primarily a male-biased behavior in white-tailed deer ... Dispersal probability was high for females born to subordinate mothers (25 of 26) and for fawns paired with a sibling that also dispersed (25 of 31). Females that dispersed came from populations with similar densities as those of females that remained sedentary...

Deer harvest down, as expected: Illinois firearm deer season November 23, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times
...with the herd down and the significant weather change ... deer harvest was down ... a preliminary total of 54,452 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 18-20. Hunters took 57,870 deer ... in 2015...

Deer harvest promising November 18, 2016 Illinois, Macoupin County Enquirer Democrat
... After stable harvest rates over 180,000 deer during the early to mid 2000s, a sharp decline during the 2013-14 season of 148,614 deer alarmed many hunters. Since then, harvest numbers are climbing again. The 2014-15 seasons’ harvest was 145,720 and then the 6.46 percent increase of last year indicated a more stable deer population...

Keep an eye open for deer November 4, 2016 Illinois, Commercial News
... According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois had 15,754 reports of deer-vehicle crashes in 2015 ... 

Illinois deer harvest continues drop: Latest archery figures October 31, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times
... Through Sunday, October 30, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 16,763 deer, compared to 19,567 for the same period in 2015 ...

Archery harvest stays down: Illinois deer hunting October 24, 2016 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times
... Through Sunday, October 23, 2016, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 12,387 deer, compared to 14,773 for the same period in 2015... track the data ...

Springfield, For first time, hunters will be allowed at Springfield Nature Center October 25, 2016 Illinois, Springfield News-Leader
... “We don’t want to eliminate deer from the Nature Center because we know seeing them is one reason visitors come to our facility,” ... managed archery hunt ... Managed archery hunts have taken place on City Utilities properties at Fellows Lake since 2009 and Lake Springfield since 2011...

Riverside Cops Free Deer Stuck in Hammock October 20, 2016 Illinois, NBC Chicago
...  It took five tranquilizer darts to sedate the deer so the netting could be cut... [moved] to a safe location at an animal shelter in Chicago Ridge ... [image from Riverside police]

The face of Illinois’ youth deer hunt: A record year October 16, 2016
Chicago Sun Times
... the youth hunters harvested a record 3,259 deer. The previous record was 3,123 in 2012. Last year, the total was 2,841. Click here for more information ...

Deer-killing program not the right way to address disease October 12, 2016 Illinois, SaukValley.com
... They are not killing deer that have CWD; that would keep them sitting forever. They are just killing as many deer as they can.  The problem is that their approach is far from proven, very expensive ...

Illinois Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game & Fish
... The record deer harvest in Illinois took place during the 2005-06 season, during which 201,209 deer were taken...  downward trend of harvest ...there were 2.79 deer harvested per square mile in Illinois... 

Chronic wasting disease on the rise in Ogle County October 8, 2016 Illinois, SaukValley.com
...CWD, normally found in southeastern Ogle County, lately also has been found in the northwest, near Forreston and German Valley  ... First documented in Illinois in 2002 near Roscoe ... 

Localized removal affects white‐tailed deer space use and contacts  MI Tosa, EM Schauber, CK Nielsen - The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2016
... We monitored space use and contacts among adult female and juvenile deer in southern Illinois during 2011–2014; midway through each study season, we removed all members except 1 collared deer from centrally located groups and left control groups intact. After group removal, remnant adult females shortened duration of contacts with neighboring groups, whereas remnant juveniles responded with greater shifts in space use and appeared to join neighboring groups ...

... President Judy Mitchell proposed a three-year program [there is no three-year program, see examples] ... “The damage to our crops continues to escalate,” she said...

Moline, No deer kill in Moline, DNR says September 23, 2016 Illinois, Quad City Times
... "The problem is, Mr. Harris was quoted as saying there are too many deer," Tom Micetich, deer project manager for the DNR said in May. "There never was a formal population assessment done." Despite having his firearm-use waiver, Harris' request for a permit to kill our deer has been denied...

Illinois hunters asked to report suspected deer virus cases September 22, 2016 Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to be on the lookout for possible cases of a virus that can cause die-offs of white-tailed deer... So far this year, there have been 53 suspected cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease ...
... The worst year for the disease in Illinois was 2012 when more than 2,000 cases were reported across 76 counties... 

CWD, 7 area counties included in special deer hunting seasons September 16, 2016 Illinois, MyWebTimes.com
... La Salle, Livingston, Kendall, Grundy and DeKalb are among 14 Northern Illinois counties that will be open for special chronic wasting disease seasons ... intended to help control the spread of CWD and to reduce surplus deer population  ... 

DNR plans deer disease meetings September 15, 2016 Illinois, Kankakee Daily Journal
... CWD recently has been been detected in the counties of Kankakee, Livingston, Grundy and Will, and previously in 12 others — Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle and Kendall...

Illinois gets 'B' as deer hunting state September 8, 2016 Quincy Herald-Whig
... the annual harvest peaked at more than 200,000 deer taken in 2005, there truly was no better place to be.  Since then, the harvest numbers have declined, the availability of public lands to hunt has dwindled and the proliferation of outfitters has sullied the state's reputation... 97 percent of the state's hunting property is privately owned with just 836,000 acres of public land...

Will County narrowly approves expanded deer culling program September 8, 2016 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... The program has been a source of controversy since its inception in 2010. On Thursday, with eight commissioners absent, the board voted 10 to 8 to continue the program, and cull 200 deer in nine preserves...

Southern Illinois deer herd stable September 8, 2016 The Southern
... The 2008 Joint Deer Task Force mandated Illinois’ deer population be reduced by 14 percent due to the number of deer-automobile collisions in the state...  the state’s deer herd is near the state mandated levels ... The Southern Illinois deer herd has been particularly stable...

... In May, Harris successfully convinced the Moline City Council to grant him the right to hunt deer on his wooded property in the center of Moline. ... Late in August ... [IDNR] reversed course on the best solution... "only after all other abatement options have been seriously employed and exhausted can an IDNR official consider or issue a Deer Removal Permit (DRP)...

Will County, Deer population control debated again by Will County forest preserve committee August 31, 2016 Illinois, The Herald-News
... the board approved a 2010-11 plan ... that sharpshooting was to be used to manage the deer population ... Howard said he’d like to see a moratorium on deer culling until more information is collected. Hunters in District 1, which covers five townships in eastern Will County, have commented to him they are seeing fewer deer ...

4 new laws expand hunting, fishing opportunities in Illinois August 22, 2016 Illinois, Northwest Herald
... Under Senate Bill 3003, the department can offer free landowner hunting permits for deer and turkey as long as the landowner has at least 40 acres...

Deer season to look similar August 4, 2016 Illinois, Outdoor News
... the agency issued 577,244 deer permits for all seasons in 2015-16, with 40,907 of them going to hunters who are not residents of Illinois. ... decreased 2.5 percent from the 592,457 permits issued for 2014. Decreases occurred in all seasons except the CWD season (up 37.6 percent) ...

Young deer teasing some wildturkey at Clinton lake IL - Aug 7, 2016


... third year that city officials have approved a city deer hunt...

... Dutch scientists analyzed 90 mammal species for pet "suitability" and came up with five animals ... starting with the best suitable, are:  Sika deer, Agile wallaby,  Tamar Wallaby, llama ... published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science ...

Jefferson County woman learns fate of pet deer July 15, 2016 Illinois, WSIL TV
...The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has granted Rhonda Crawford to the ability to keep her two pet deer, Jude and Dude, after a legal battle over ownership rights....... Facebook page for Dude and Jude
    Update, July  15:  Dude and Jude are Staying at Home...  I just got the news that Dude and Jude get to stay with us. We aren't allowed to get anymore nor are we EVER allowed to move them...
     Fate of Jefferson County pet deer remains unclear June 21, 2016 Illinois, WSIL TV
... A Jefferson County family took in two deer after they lost their moms. But the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the Crawfords have them illegally so they can't keep them... see the family's petition on Change.org

Jefferson County woman fights to keep pet deer June 15, 2016 Illinois, WSIL TV
... Five years ago, Rhonda's uncle spotted the baby buck they now call Dude next to the carcass of his mom... Last week, she received a $150 ticket and was given an ultimatum: turn the deer over to another woman with a wildlife rehabilitation permit or shoot them...

Will County forest culled 200 deer this season June 10, 2016 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... The district spent $29,400 on its sharpshooting staff and another $18,200 for operational costs, such as processing, ammunition and bait, for an average cost of $239 per deer ... 200 deer were culled in the 2015-16 season ... In the 2014-15 season, 201 deer were culled ...

Wildlife traffickers sentenced in Illinois June 8, 2016 Illinois, Great Lakes Echo
...  transported six trophy mounts of white-tailed deer for clients from Illinois to Pennsylvania in November 2010 without the necessary permits...

...  dial 311: ...  When it comes to urban wildlife — e.g., deer, coyote and foxes — Animal Care and Control only responds when the animal is injured or poses a threat to the public ...

Most deer sampled for CWD come from hunters May 31, 2016 Illinois, Outdoor News
... Illinois ...  had 538 confirmed positive cases between Fiscal Year 2003 and Fiscal Year 2015 ...  many hunters in affected areas believe  ... the state is killing too many deer for sampling purposes...

Deer captured in downtown Chicago parking garage May 31, 2016 Illinois, United Press International
... shot two times with a tranquilizer gun ... did not appear to be injured, was released into a nearby forest preserve...

Children as an emotional amplifier in Northern Illinois white-tailed deer interactions  JR Hicks - The Journal of Environmental Education, 2016
...  Qualitative data demonstrated that Northern Illinois natural area decision makers found deer encounters to be more memorable when simultaneously sharing space with children...

Moline businessman wants to kill 10 deer on his property May 3, 2016 Illinois, Quad City Times
... The agency has approved a "deer removal" permit for the elimination of up to 10 deer on Harris' land. The word "removal" is similar to "harvest," which both are polite replacements for "kill."  A more offensive deception lies in the notion that the deer in question belong to Harris. The fact is, the deer that visit his house very likely are the same deer that visit mine...
... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources agreed to allow a controlled deer shoot ... if city officials approved the use of firearms within city limits.  ... a 6-to-2 vote, the Moline City Council approved a special ordinance Tuesday allowing for the discharge of firearms on the property of resident Hunt Harris to kill deer...

...  charged with Disorderly Conduct ... allegedly attempted to prevent an Illinois Department of Resources sharpshooter from killing deer at the Commonwealth Edison property ... being a deer hunter himself, he claims that the number of deer in the woods between Somonauk and Pratt roads has dropped dramatically since the IDNR killing began...

IDNR Biologists rely on the best science available when making wildlife management decisions. And our partners at the University of Illinois, including the Illinois Natural History Survey and Animal Science Department are instrumental in providing the research that is the underpinning of our management efforts. For answers to some common questions about CWD, let’s hear from the scientists studying the disease. This is the last in a four-part series on efforts to manage chronic wasting disease in Illinois. - April 29, 2016

Deer kill permit awaits action by Moline aldermen April 25, 2016 Illinois, Quad Cities Onlines
... The Illinois Department of Resources has agreed to allow a controlled deer shoot on Mr. Harris's property -- if city officials approve the use of firearms within city limits. Such a measure was introduced at that April 19 meeting; a final vote is expected at the May 3 city council meeting...

Illinois CWD Public Info Meeting May 7 April 12, 2016 Heartland Outdoors 
...  First documented in the state in 2002 near Roscoe, Illinois, CWD has spread across the northern edge and northeastern portions of Illinois, and as far south as the Illinois River valley. CWD has become established along the Illinois River, including parts of LaSalle, Grundy, Will, Kane, Kankakee, and Livingston counties...

Shed hunters shut out by giant non-typical buck March 21, 2016 Illinois, Outdoor News
... “Forest Preserves staff determined that for the safety of the animal, as well as safety of humans, the unusually large antlers needed to be removed ...The deer was temporarily apprehended and during apprehension, the antlers came off. The deer was administered medical assistance, tagged and then released.” ...

Galena voters against taxpayer-funded, lethal deer cull March 16, 2016 Illinois, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... A majority of Galena voters cast ballots Tuesday against spending taxpayer money to kill deer if the animals are found to be overpopulated in the city.  There were 797 votes, or 55 percent of votes cast, against the proposal ...

Galena voters will decide how to deal with the city's deer March 9, 2016 Illinois, WQAD.com
... On the March 15, 2016, ballot ... Should the city of Galena spend public funds to annually count the number of deer in the city limits, and if those counts determine that deer are overpopulated by Illinois Department of Natural Resources standards, should the city of Galena spend public funds to annually reduce the deer population by lethal means? ...

Hunters decry IDNR efforts to cull deer population February 25, 2016 Illinois, The Times 
...  the reduction of deer population to control chronic wasting disease ... ... “Out of that number only 13 tested positive for CWD,” said Bols. “That comes to a small .049 percent. Most of us in the room want the culling of herds by the IDNR sharpshooters to stop. There are better ways to control the herd.”

Galena deer count still waiting for snow February 22, 2016 Illinois, Telegraph Herald
... snowfall of at least 4 inches to provide an accurate count, ... A referendum question on ballots for the March 15 election will ask Galena residents if public funds should be used to deal with the deer population by lethal means....

West Dundee Fire Department helps rescue deer trapped on Fox River February 19, 2016, Illiinois, Chicago Tribune
... "The deer probably went out on the island, and when he walked back, he fell through," Strossner said. "He was able to get his front feet on the ice but couldn't get his back legs up. ..

CWD: A threat to deer February 9, 2016 Illinois, Quad-Cities Online
...   Chronic Wasting Disease is a huge and serious threat to deer ...  if an infected deer dies in the wild, the prions eventually find their way into the underlying soil and from there possibly into other deer via that deer eating the soil or eating a plant growing from there and taking the prion with it...

...  the incidence of Chronic Wasting Disease should be 1 to 2% of the deer population; however Rogus told the forest preserve commissioners on January 13th that six out of 19 deer samples tested positive for CWD in the Oswego zone of Kendall County...

Pike down, but still leads herd in deer takes January 24, 2106 Illinois, My Journal Courier 
... In total, 155,131 deer were harvested — up from 145,720 last year ... “Most of the increase in harvest can be attributed to a successful firearm season... hunters enjoyed good conditions during much of the reason of the seven-day season.” ...

Final deer tally is disappointing January 24, 2016 Illinois, The Telegraph 
... The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons of 155,131 compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 145,720 in 2014-15. During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 46 percent does and 54 percent males.  The overall total falls well short of the 201,209 whitetails taken in 2005...

Deer hunt totals up 7 percent January 22, 2016 Illinois, Kankakee Daily Journal
... The warmest November and December on record may have contributed to the higher numbers, which totaled 155,131 this season compared to 145,720 a year ago...

... In Illinois ... about a 6.5 percent increase... "An increase is good because we have been going down," Kranz said. "The numbers look good. The herd looks stable." ...

Illinois hunters harvest 155K deer in 2015-16 seasons January 20, 2016 Washington Times
... about 155,130 deer were harvested this year, compared to 145,720 deer last year ...

... Eight fewer counties were open for the Late-Winter Antlerless Season in 2015-16 because they had reached deer population goals. The number of open counties went from 35 in 2014-15 to 27 for 2015-16...

'Suicidal Deer' Sign Stolen January 20, 2016 Illinois, FOX Illinois
... stolen over the weekend.  The sign went viral last week after catching the attention of national media outlets...
     Deer of Paxton are now world famous January 17, 2016 Illinois, Pantagraph
[deer crossing signs with the words "Suicidal Deer"]  ..."Those who might question the word 'suicide' have missed the entire point, ...This is about safety and getting motorists to be more attentive to deer and to s-l-o-w down. This is about saving lives, of humans." ...
'Suicidal deer' signs are getting the right kind of attention January 14, 2016 Illinois, FOX13 Memphis
... a yellow road sign with the words "suicidal deer" on it and an image of a jumping deer...
      'Suicidal deer' sign making drivers take notice January 12, 2016 Illinois, FOX News 
... “suicidal deer” are apparently such a big problem in Paxton, Ill. that its county is installing signs to warn drivers... My nephew sent me a picture of one of these signs out in Colorado ...

Girl fawns over rescued deer January 5, 2016 Illinois, Journal Gazette and Times Courier 
... She got a call from a neighbor in June that a pet dog had just dragged a several-day-old fawn into the yard but had been stopped from using it as a chew toy. Would Wehrle like to take it, please? ... And it just so happened that Crystal Wehrle had a state license to keep deer ... 

Deer rescued from CWLP water clarifier December 28, 2015 Illinois, State Journal Register
... The video was shared Sunday night on CWLP’s Facebook page, and by Monday afternoon, it had more than 64,000 views.

Danger in deer harvest December 24, 2015 Illinois, Outdoor News
... “While most people feel that herd levels are still well below what they should be, it’s not getting worse,” Chapman [president of the Illinois Whitetail Alliance] wrote. “Unfortunately, it’s not getting better, generally speaking...

The bucks stop here December 20, 2015 Illinois, The News-Gazette
... Dr. Cliff Shipley, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, keeps about 80 deer, mule deer and elk on 15 acres near ... The animals are penned off by breed; there can be a lot more than 80 of them in fawning season. They are sold to petting zoos, full-sized zoos and hunting parks and just for pets...

... Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 86,771 deer during the seven-day 2015 Firearm Deer Season ... compares to 76,575 deer harvested during the seven days of firearm season in 2014...

Galena voters to weigh in: Should deer be counted, killed if overpopulated? December 16, 2015 Illinois, Telegraph Herald
... the March 15 ballot in Galena will ask residents whether they support using public funds to count the local deer population and, potentially, reduce it by lethal means... 

... Hunters in McHenry County harvested more than 330 deer during the seven-day firearm hunting season that ended this month, an 8 percent increase over last year...

... in 2014 there were 76,575 deer harvested ...

Illinois deer harvest on the upswing December 9, 2015 Peoria Journal Star
... Preliminary figures show a deer harvest of 28,803 during the December 3-6 weekend, compared to 24,745 during the second firearm season last year....

Deer found hanging out in Wrigleyville December 8, 2015 Illinois, abc7chicago.com
...  Animal Care and Control came to tranquilize the animal ...  then released to a Cook County forest preserve...

A deer trapped in a Wrigleyville apartment complex courtyard near Addison and Southport on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, was rescued by city Animal Care and Control, which will relocate the young buck to the Forest Preserves of Cook County


Bucks freed by hunter after antlers entangled December 7, 2015 Illinois, KFVS
... found two young bucks locked to each other by their antlers.  Yant said it appeared one of the deer was going to die...

Will County, Sharpshooters to cull deer again December 4, 2015 Illinois, Kankakee Daily Journal
... The goal is to reduce the deer population to 20-30 deer per square mile ... About 600 deer have been culled in the previous four years of sharpshooting...

... officials plan to conduct a one-year test of a culling program to control the school’s growing deer population, which has caused property damage and posed safety concerns... [there are no one-year programs, the deer population will quickly rebound]

...  Hunters took nearly 58,000 deer from Nov. 20-22... last year, Illinois hunters took only about 52,000 deer ...

Return of the Deer Check Station in Illinois - for CWD November 28, 2015 ChicagoNow
... Deer hunters in select Northern Illinois counties are required to check their deer in at designated check stations during the upcoming second firearm deer season. This is implemented in counties where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected as a way to continue to check for the spread of the disease...

Deer harvest up for first firearm season November 25, 2015 Illinois, The Southern
...  Illinois deer hunters killed 57,968 deer during the first firearm deer season, significantly more than the 51,830 taken during 2014’s first firearm season.  Only one county in Southern Illinois showed a decrease in harvest...

Galena residents will head to ballot boxes on deer issue November 23, 2015 Illinois, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
...  residents will have a chance to vote on the city's growing deer population in the spring 2016 election...  precise wording ... not be determined ...

Firearm deer season will send numbers higher November 18, 2015 Illinois, The News-Gazette 
... Through Sunday, archers had taken 43,228 deer compared with 42,147 in the same period in 2014. ... the state's total deer harvest has declined the last several years.  Last year, 145,720 deer were taken in Illinois in all hunting seasons compared with 148,614 in 2013, 180,811 in 2012 and 181,451 in 2011...

Deer Poaching A Problem in Illinois November 17, 2015 My Wabash Valley
... "They're usually shooting from the roadway or across roadways and they don't know where their bullets are going sometimes," Illinois Department of Natural Resources Officer Robert Wellum said...Just within the last two weeks we've had four cases of deer being poached from the roadway."...

Hound & deer tracking: Illinois deer hunting November 18, 2015 Chicago Sun Times 
... “I got into because I got tired of losing my own deer,” Erickson said. ... “I got into because I got tired of losing my own deer,” ... This is primarily for finding trophies. His basic rate is $300 to go out and $200 if found...

... "It is frightening to have people stalking deer around your home and the mental anguish of having to witness the pain and stress the deer endure is heartbreaking," Reid said... asked the District put an end to archery hunting ...

Archery deer harvest reamins strong November 8, 2015 Illinois, The Telegraph ·
... Results as of Nov. 2 show Illinois deer hunters had harvested preliminary total of 22,632 whitetails. Last year’s harvest for the same period was 23,035...

While deer are frequently visible in and around Mahomet, this is about as close as I had gotten to one during a morning run. This doe was more interested in breakfast than in me, even though I was within ten feet and cautiously approaching with a camera pointed at her. - November, 2015 Illinois


Exotic deer still wandering Bureau County November 8, 2015 Illinois, News Tribune
...An exotic deer, probably from a game farm, is wandering around northeastern Bureau County...  it seems tame ...

CWD deer check stations clarified November 6, 2015 Illinois, Kankakee Daily Journal
...Firearms deer hunters in Will and Kendall counties have been added this year to those that are required to bring harvested deer to check-in stations to be sampled for the always-fatal neurological disease...nGrundy and LaSalle counties also ...

Galena: Deer-population committee recommends vote November 6, 2015 Illinois, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... Committee members suggested council members consider asking voters: "Should the city of Galena adopt a deer population management program that is based on verifiable data collected and viewed on an annual basis?"...

Joliet JC official says public seems split on proposed deer kill October 30, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... emails to the college about the issue have been evenly split between those who support deer culling and those against it ... two professors saying they were worried about student safety ... 

What and when is the the whitetail deer rut in Illinois? October 29, 2015 Journal Gazette and Times Courier
... It’s the mating season when the does are receptive and the bucks are capable. The bucks actively search out those does that are “coming in” and follow them until such time that they will allow the mating process.  The herding or family groups are broken up at this time and the population is spread out...

Hunting rules updated October 29, 2015 Illinois, Clinton Herald
... one new regulation of interest to deer hunters in Illinois is the prohibition on deer drives. Deer hunters in Illinois are prohibited from using deer drives to hunt on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge...

... Judy Mitchell, vice president of administrative services, talked with trustees about the option of deer culling ...  an aerial count in 2010 showed there were 120 deer on campus ... Those who cannot attend are encouraged to share their thoughts and questions with Mitchell by emailing jmitchell@jjc.edu

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Illinois October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... “We seem to be in a rebuilding mode across many parts of Illinois right now,” explained Chase Burns, chapter president of the Quality Deer Management Association. EHD sent a shock wave through Illinois between two and four years ago with ongoing sporadic outbreaks ...

... Youth hunters (under age 16) harvested a preliminary total of 2,841 deer during the October 10-12 season, compared to 2,761 in 2014... The overall deer harvest has continued to drop in Will County over the past three years. In my opinion the drop is due to the deer culling program initiated by the Will County Forest Preserve ...

Beware of Bambi on the road October 17, 2015 Illinois, Commercial News
... nearly half of all crashes involving deer in Illinois happen in October, November and December. About 80 percent of crashes involving deer happen on rural roads at twilight or nighttime ... Hunting season also causes deer to move around ... Another issue is rut season when deer mate ...

River Forest: Not much we can do about deer October 9, 2015 Illinois, OakPark.com
... Culling could be one option .... The problem here is that there isn't a large swath of property to safely cull them ... Deer-resistant plants and fencing are recommended in the meantime...

Illinois Beach, First deer hunt coming to Illinois Beach State Park October 8, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Daily Herald
...  Bow-and-arrow hunters may bag the deer at Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park near Zion ...  110 hunters were selected in a drawing from 175 applicants ... no limit on the number of deer a hunter can harvest ... 
     Petition: Stop Bow & Arrow deer hunting at Illinois Beach State Park ... On Nov. 1, 2015, for the first time in the history of the park and nature preserve, bow hunting of deer will be allowed at Illinois Beach State Park.  Illinois Beach State Park is a nature preserve for all wildlife. The park is utilized on a daily basis by citizens and visitors to the area, who walk, hike, birdwatch both on and off designated trails. Bow hunting will create a danger to the citizens who utilize this area every day...

Minor changes for 2015 deer season October 7, 2015 Illinois, The Southern 
... There’s not a whole lot of change, looking at accident rates over the past year they were up just slightly ... really high levels back in 2007-08 ...  IDNR was tasked by the General Assembly to reduce the deer herd ...  number of CWD cases has remained steady, but the area affected by the disease has spread from 10 to 16 counties...

Hunting brings in big money for region October 6, 2015 Illinois, The Southern
... he will sell about a five-day bow hunt with a place to sleep for about $1,350 to $1,500. Food and all other expenses are on the hunter. This is where Southern Illinois establishments near the property owner’s site begin to flourish during deer season..

Hunters, landowners encouraged to report sick deer October 2, 2015 Illinois, AdVantage News
... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has received reports of 47 suspected cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in wild white-tailed deer so far in 2015... more prevalent in west-central Illinois ... Contact the Wildlife Disease and Invasive Species Program at (815) 369-2414 or by email at doug.dufford@illinois.gov ...

Illinois Data:  Population declined in 2016 to around 650,000 deer.  About 670,000 deer in 2015, 650,000 in 2014, and 645,000 in 2013 estimated using harvest data.  After a 25 percent drop in the 2013 harvest, the number of deer licenses for 2014 were reduced by 4.1 percent to 592,457.  Reduced again in 2015 to 577,244.  Reasons for the decline include adverse weather conditions, herd reduction efforts and deer mortality due to outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). Deer management goals are generally maintaining to increasing the herd. About 750,000 to 800,000 deer in 2012. The dramatic harvest declines have become a major issue. In 2008 the population was estimated at 800,000 to 1 million. About 750,000 in 1995, the peak during the 1990s. The herd population had been under a managed decline since 2005. The Illinois General Assembly decided deer management should be linked to the number of auto-deer accidents. In 2008 the Task Force on Deer Population control recommended a 14 percent reduction in the rate of deer vehicle collisions from peak levels, the IDNR began increasing the harvest to achieve that goal in 2009. The 2014 harvest was 47 percent does.
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in the deer herd in 2002.
    Over hunting during early settlement led to the virtual extinction of deer in Illinois by the late 1800's.  Deer hunting was limited in about half the state by 1873 with the last open season in 1900.  They were reintroduced by bringing in deer from other states.  A census in 1957 showed about 15,000 deer concentrated in the far northwest of the state with some in the southern forests and the first modern firearm season opened.  Even by the 1970's, it was rare to see a deer.  History  The 2013 harvest was 50.9 % male and 49.1 % female.
    Bobcat, once nearly extinct, the population grew to around 5,000 by 2014.


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