SPRINGFIELD — Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 86,771 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season that closed Dec. 6. That figure compares to 76,575 deer harvested in 2014.
In Madison County, hunters harvested 513 deer in the first segment, 223 in the second segment for a total of 736. Last year, the total was 594.
Preliminary harvest figures for the second segment of the firearm season on Dec. 3-6 totaled 28,803, compared with 24,745 during the second season in 2014. The preliminary harvest total for the first segment of firearm season on Nov. 20-22 was 57,968 deer, compared with the 51,830 deer taken by hunters during the first season in 2014.
Deer hunting opportunities remain in Illinois this fall and early winter.
• The Illinois muzzleloader-only season is Dec. 11-13.
• The first late-winter antlerless-only and CWD deer seasons (in designated counties only) will be Dec. 31, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016.
• The second late-winter antlerless-only and CWD deer seasons (in designated counties only) will be Jan. 15-17.
• Archery deer season continues through Jan. 17.
Details on the late-winter and CWD seasons are available at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/Late-WinterSHAHuntingPermitInformation.pdf.
For more deer hunting information, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.