Illinois hunters take nearly 81K deer during firearm season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois hunters took nearly 81,000 deer during this year’s firearm deer hunting season. That’s a slight increase over last year.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported Wednesday that 22,060 deer were harvested during the second segment of firearm season, which ran from Nov. 29 through Sunday. That was a decrease from 28,656 during the second season in 2017.

The preliminary harvest for the first segment, which was Nov. 16 to 18, was 58,836 deer.

In the stateline, Jo Daviess County saw the most deer harvested. The county harvested 1,688 deer this year, with more than 1,300 deer coming in the first segment of the firearm season. This year’s total was a little more than 170 deer short of last season.

The rest of the area did not see results as high as Jo Daviess County. In Winnebago County, 341 deer were harvested. Both Lee and Stephenson Counties saw more than 500 deer harvested, with Stephenson County being north of 600. Boone County harvested 141 deer harvested this year.

IDNR says hunters still have more opportunities to take deer this season. Muzzleloader-only deer season begins Friday and runs through Sunday. The archery deer season continues through Jan. 20.

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