BLOOMINGTON — Preliminary numbers showed the deer harvest was down around 15% from last year for the first weekend of the firearm deer season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
A total of 50,173 deer were harvested from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, down from a three-day total of 58,836 in 2018.
The state's seven-day firearm season wraps up Dec. 5-8.
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In McLean County, the haul decreased from 405 to 347. Livingston County fell from 325 to 275, and DeWitt County from 244 to 206.
Woodford County had a slight increase from 389 last year to 398 this season.
Muzzleloader-only deer season goes from Dec. 13-15. Archery season continues through Jan. 19, with a pause from Dec. 5-8 for the firearm season. Late-winter antlerless-only and chronic wasting disease seasons go from Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19.
The State Journal-Register contributed.