A white-tailed deer
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 76,547 deer during the seven-day traditional firearm deer hunting season that closed Sunday, Dec. 7.
That figure compares to 74,318 deer harvested during the 2013 firearm season. Preliminary figures for the second segment of the firearm season totaled 24,717, up 34 percent from 18,483 in 2013. Overall, the total represented a slight increase from 2013, with a preliminary first segment harvest of 51,830, compared with 55,708 deer harvested during the first weekend of the 2013 firearm season.
In Madison County, hunters harvested 593 deer in the first and second seasons this year, compared to 655 last year.
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 that are 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.
A table of preliminary deer harvest numbers broken down by county and compared with 2013 is at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/IDNRFirearmDeerTotals12092014.pdf.