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Firearm deer season preliminary total 75,349

Firearm deer season preliminary total 75,349

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

A preliminary total of 75,349 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded Dec. 8.

The 2019 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 80,957 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2018.

The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season Dec. 5-8, was 25,176, compared with 22,060 during the second season in 2018. The preliminary harvest for the first segment of firearm season Nov. 22-24, was 50,173 deer.

Remaining deer season hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season Dec. 13-15; Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season and CWD Deer Season in designated counties only, Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19. The Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 19.

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

Counties open to the Late-Winter and CWD seasons can be found here.

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