On Outdoors: Deer hunt closes short of 200,000

By Jim Hagerty

Staff Writer

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), hunters harvested 189,277 deer during all seasons. Hunting closed Jan. 17.

“Illinois deer hunters taking to the field for the last three days of hunting last weekend enjoyed some excellent conditions,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton. “For mid-January weather, this was about as good as it gets—and a good way to close out another successful season.”

The harvest total includes deer taken during the 2009-2010 archery and firearm slates and those taken during late-winter and special CWD (chronic wasting disease) hunt. Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry, and Winnebago counties and Kane County participated in the program to help control the spread of chronic wasting disease.

It is unclear how many harvested deer were infected with chronic wasting disease, as there were no manned check stations for the hunt. Successful hunters were, however, encouraged to have all adult deer tested for the disease by taking it to a cooperating meat processor.

Nineteen cases of CWD were confirmed in Boone (seven), DeKalb (three), McHenry (three) and Winnebago (six) counties in 2009 from deer harvested during the 2008-2009 seasons.

Outdoors news and photos can be sent directly to Jim Hagerty at jim.hagerty@-rockrivertimes.com. Glossies and hard-copy press kits can be mailed or delivered to The Rock River Times’ office at 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101. Jim can be reached at (815) 964-9767.

From the Jan. 27-Feb 2, 2010

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