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Illinois hunting: First fiream season, up big

Illinois hunters, despite the big snowstorm in the northern portions, harvested significantly more deer in the first firearm season, Friday through Sunday, than first season last year.

Hunters in Illinois Harvested 57,968 Deer

During First Weekend of Firearm Season

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 57,968 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season, Nov. 20-22. Hunters took 51,830 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2014.

The second segment of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season is Dec. 3-6.

Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include:

  • Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 11-13;
  • Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (first segment) in select counties only on Dec. 31, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016;
  • Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (second segment) in select counties only on Jan. 15-17, 2016;
  • Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 17, 2016 (closed Dec. 3-6 in counties open for Firearm Deer Season)For details on deer hunting, open counties, and other information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer
  • A table of preliminary Illinois firearm deer harvest totals by county for the first weekend of the season is below:

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

Preliminary Illinois First Season Firearm Deer Harvest ResultsCounty

2014

2015

Adams1414

1561

Alexander256

335

Bond405

499

Boone72

76

Brown689

737

Bureau676

714

Calhoun453

565

Carroll444

500

Cass410

490

Champaign142

142

Christian389

434

Clark648

723

Clay695

761

Clinton455

426

Coles318

389

Crawford618

673

Cumberland422

483

DeKalb87

78

DeWitt206

255

Douglas105

123

Edgar382

452

Edwards290

317

Effingham519

624

Fayette1035

1154

Ford60

90

Franklin775

911

Fulton1296

1391

Gallatin320

322

Greene633

770

Grundy231

241

Hamilton720

805

Hancock1082

1158

Hardin628

694

Henderson378

375

Henry417

479

Iroquois365

384

Jackson1534

1586

Jasper632

670

Jefferson1295

1405

Jersey406

460

JoDaviess1195

1453

Johnson1096

1211

Kane24

16

Kankakee109

121

Kendall44

54

Knox769

830

Lake4

4

LaSalle540

547

Lawrence406

430

Lee344

418

Livingston318

281

Logan249

289

Macon145

170

Macoupin775

993

Madison397

513

Marion979

1090

Marshall366

419

Mason296

325

Massac344

418

McDonough507

545

McHenry190

198

McLean372

411

Menard200

248

Mercer461

536

Monroe553

733

Montgomery587

681

Morgan466

525

Moultrie145

151

Ogle514

582

Peoria613

735

Perry804

840

Piatt77

65

Pike1378

1419

Pope1178

1237

Pulaski350

358

Putnam240

252

Randolph1384

1619

Richland485

515

Rock Island454

559

Saline555

649

Sangamon388

470

Schuyler927

966

Scott225

276

Shelby693

832

St. Clair473

540

Stark151

146

Stephenson449

527

Tazewell328

377

Union1143

1281

Vermilion352

426

Wabash152

151

Warren340

375

Washington658

721

Wayne964

1022

White524

579

Whiteside357

476

Will177

223

Williamson1090

1202

Winnebago208

224

Woodford416

462

Total51830

57968