Illinois deer harvest numbers drop for first weekend of hunting

Illinois deer harvest numbers drop for first weekend of hunting

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White-tailed deer

A white-tailed deer basks in the sun on a snowy day at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge between Marion and Carbondale in this file photo. Fewer deer were harvested in the first weekend of firearm deer season this year, the state says. 

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.

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. 

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