59,000 deer harvested this hunting season

    59,000 deer harvested this hunting season

    Illinois hunters took nearly 59,000 deer during the first weekend of this fall's firearm deer season.

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that harvest represented a 14 percent increase over the first weekend of the season last year. That weekend's harvest totaled 51,450.

    The state's seven-day firearm deer season concludes Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

    The Illinois DNR notes that there are other deer-hunting opportunities coming up.

    Muzzleloader-only deer season is Dec. 7 to 9.

    Late-winter antlerless-only deer season and CWD deer season in counties where chronic wasting disease has been found in deer runs Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 18-20, 2019.

    Archery deer season continues through Jan. 20, 2019. But archery season shuts down Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in counties where there is firearm hunting.

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