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Firearm season deer harvest sees increase

Firearm season deer harvest sees increase

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A preliminary total of 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded Dec. 2. The 2018 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 80,117 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2017.

The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 was 22,060 deer, compared with 28,656 during the second season in 2017.  The preliminary harvest for the first segment of firearm season on Nov. 16-18 was 58,836 deer.

Remaining 2018-19 deer season hunting opportunities include muzzleloader-only Dec. 7-9; late winter antlerless only and CWD deer season in designated counties only Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 18-20. Archery deer season continues through Jan. 20.

Details on the Late-Winter and CWD seasons are available online.

A map showing the counties open to the Late-Winter and CWD seasons can be found here.

More information on deer hunting in Illinois is available here.

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