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Illinois Whitetail Deer Hunting Habitat Guide


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Illinois Whitetail Deer Harvest Data

Illinois's white-tailed deer harvest data is shown in the table below. The records show Illinois's white-tailed deer harvest for 2014 is 145720 deer with 77129 bucks and 68591 antlerless deer harvested.

The table includes the deer harvest density for Illinois's deer habitat as described below. The 2014 white-tailed deer harvest density for Illinois's deer habitat is 3.18 deer per square mile with 1.69 bucks per square mile and 1.49 antlerless deer per square mile.

DeerIllinois HarvestDeer Per Sq. Mile
Bucks771291.69
Anterless 685911.49
Total1457203.18

Illinois Whitetail Deer Habitat

Illinois's total land area is 56380 square miles. This includes 6719 square miles of urbanized areas, 962 square miles of water, and other areas that are not considered as deer habitat. The potential deer habitat within Illinois is comprised of 48641 square miles of land distributed in the land types shown below.

Habitat Land TypeSquare Miles
Forest8442
Grassland5368
Crops33855
Wetland949
Shrubland27
Total Habitat48641

Illinois Deer Hunting by County

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