Archery Deer Hunting Program - City of Galena

Archery Deer Hunting Program

The City of Galena created the Archery Deer Hunting Program in an effort to better control the deer population within the boundaries of the City. Select City-owned properties have been designated for hunting. Privately-owned properties are also eligible for the program. The intent is to give limited control of hunting to the property owners to enable archery hunters to harvest the deer for their use or to provide meat to social agencies—such as the Galena Food Pantry.  

Hunting sites are selected by the city council with an emphasis on matching sites with locations that have high concentrations of deer as identified by counts. The council considers hunting sites proposed by private property owners who wish to have hunting on their property. With a goal of thinning the number of deer in the city limits, conditions are in place for the safety of the public and the hunters. Please follow the links below for program information, forms and applications. 

Maps showing the results of the hunting for each year of the program are listed below. Maps showing the annual deer count from each year of the program are also listed below (there was no count in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Hunting activity is tracked at the bottom of this page and is updated each Friday during the hunting season. The current reports include all activity for the entire 2022-23 which ran from October 1-January 15.


Year-End Archery Deer Hunting Report

2021-22 Year-end Archery Deer Hunting Report


Deer Population Count Maps

2022 Galena Deer Count Results Map

2020 Galena Deer Count Results Map

2019 Galena Deer Count Results Map

2018 Galena Deer Count Results Map


Archery Deer Hunting Annual Results Maps

2022 Archery Hunting Results Map

2021 Archery Hunting Results Map

2020 Archery Hunting Results Map

2019 Archery Hunting Results Map


Archery Deer Hunting Program Forms and Applications

Archery Hunting Program Authorizing Ordinance

Archery Deer Hunting Program Rules

Archery Deer Hunting Areas Map (2022-23 Season)

Archery Deer Hunting Property Owner Notification Letter

Landowner Hunting Area Application and Permission Form

Property Owner Consent to Hunt Within 100 Yards Form

Tenant Consent to Hunt Within 100 Yards Form

Galena Archery Deer Hunter Permit Application

Archery Hunter Proficiency Score Sheet


Archery Deer Hunting Program 2022-23 Hunting Activity Tracking

Hunter Call Log (updated January 17, 2023 Final Report for the Season)

Hunter Activity Log (updated January 17, 2023 Final Report for Season)



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