SPRINGFIELD — Illinois firearm deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 51,830 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season Nov. 21-23.
In Madison County, hunters harvested 397 deer compare to 502 in 2013.
The first weekend’s total compares with 55,708 deer harvested during the first weekend of the 2013 Firearm Season. The second segment of the Illinois firearm deer season is Dec. 4-7.
Hunters are reminded that an additional 20 counties have been closed to the late-winter antlerless-only seasons, Jan. 1-4 and Jan. 16-18. To see a map of counties open for the late-winter season, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/wildlife/Documents/LateWinterDeerSeasonMap.pdf
Additional deer hunting opportunities remain.
• The Illinois muzzleloader season is Dec. 12-14.
• The first late-winter antlerless-only and CWD deer seasons will be Jan. 1-4.
• The second late-winter antlerless-only and CWD deer seasons will be Jan. 16-18.
• Archery deer season continues through Jan. 18.
For more deer hunting information, visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/default.aspx