Even the historic December outbreak of tornadoes on Saturday during Illinois’ second firearm deer season, hunters managed to harvest a few more deer during the two firearm seasons than were taken in 2017.

But the weather on Saturday had Pete Banach musing, “Wonder how many guys were in a stand for second season. Scary.”

That weather impact showed in the significant drop in second-season harvest as compared to 2017.

Jackson topped all counties with a total firearm harvest of 2,439.

Here is the word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Hunters in Illinois Harvest Preliminary Total of 80,896 Deer During Firearm Season

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A preliminary total of 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded on Sunday, Dec. 2. The 2018 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 80,117 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2017.

The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 was 22,060, compared with 28,656 during the second season in 2017.  The preliminary harvest for the first segment of firearm season on Nov. 16-18 was 58,836 deer.

Remaining 2018-19 deer season hunting opportunities in Illinois in the weeks ahead include:
• The Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season this weekend (Dec. 7-9);
• The Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season and CWD Deer Season (in designated counties only) will be on two upcoming weekends – Dec. 27-30, 2018 and Jan. 18-20, 2019;
• The Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 20, 2019.

Details on the Late-Winter and CWD seasons are available on the IDNR website at: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Documents/2018-2019%20Late-WinterSHAHuntingPermitInformation.pdf

A map showing the counties open to the Late-Winter and CWD seasons can be found at:  https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/2018-2019%20Illinois%20Late%20Winter%20Counties%20map.pdf

For more deer hunting information, visit: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx

A table of preliminary Firearm Deer Season harvest totals for 2018 by county, and comparable totals for 2017, is below.

County

2018 1st Season

2018 2nd Season

2018 Total

2017 Total

ADAMS

1647

693

2340

2181

ALEXANDER

353

146

499

492

BOND

583

148

731

663

BOONE

110

31

141

136

BROWN

757

313

1070

1018

BUREAU

749

331

1080

1006

CALHOUN

618

234

852

813

CARROLL

511

175

686

686

CASS

489

204

693

653

CHAMPAIGN

152

57

209

198

CHRISTIAN

475

135

610

551

CLARK

873

310

1183

1148

CLAY

932

287

1219

1111

CLINTON

591

153

744

695

COLES

492

165

657

594

CRAWFORD

834

272

1106

1016

CUMBERLAND

563

213

776

776

DEKALB

87

38

125

106

DEWITT

244

115

359

337

DOUGLAS

115

38

153

132

EDGAR

413

152

565

561

EDWARDS

290

135

425

415

EFFINGHAM

773

215

988

872

FAYETTE

1193

395

1588

1545

FORD

75

35

110

112

FRANKLIN

961

420

1381

1373

FULTON

1329

569

1898

2000

GALLATIN

286

135

421

448

GREENE

700

328

1028

1059

GRUNDY

187

90

277

285

HAMILTON

836

314

1150

1175

HANCOCK

1132

583

1715

1818

HARDIN

690

197

887

963

HENDERSON

315

129

444

494

HENRY

346

136

482

536

IROQUOIS

342

122

464

519

JACKSON

1717

722

2439

2302

JASPER

778

237

1015

987

JEFFERSON

1334

568

1902

2081

JERSEY

474

196

670

641

JODAVIESS

1312

376

1688

1862

JOHNSON

1205

356

1561

1589

KANE

19

13

32

28

KANKAKEE

144

57

201

185

KENDALL

60

30

90

79

KNOX

862

256

1118

1145

LAKE

0

0

0

1

LASALLE

555

211

766

669

LAWRENCE

468

176

644

613

LEE

380

138

518

542

LIVINGSTON

325

99

424

364

LOGAN

281

101

382

325

MACON

152

84

236

240

MACOUPIN

1300

399

1699

1486

MADISON

618

160

778

736

MARION

1234

393

1627

1572

MARSHALL

460

142

602

601

MASON

309

125

434

379

MASSAC

286

169

455

526

MCDONOUGH

607

237

844

831

MCHENRY

199

93

292

292

MCLEAN

405

138

543

491

MENARD

269

101

370

367

MERCER

618

233

851

833

MONROE

828

191

1019

941

MONTGOMERY

613

187

800

789

MORGAN

518

228

746

714

MOULTRIE

179

47

226

203

OGLE

569

178

747

807

PEORIA

589

271

860

866

PERRY

1000

351

1351

1272

PIATT

85

34

119

101

PIKE

1361

692

2053

1995

POPE

1176

262

1438

1502

PULASKI

207

74

281

340

PUTNAM

254

89

343

342

RANDOLPH

1637

634

2271

2404

RICHLAND

525

168

693

732

ROCKISLAND

560

232

792

719

SALINE

666

279

945

977

SANGAMON

419

141

560

627

SCHUYLER

1005

496

1501

1313

SCOTT

214

115

329

315

SHELBY

837

294

1131

1069

STARK

132

45

177

199

STCLAIR

552

165

717

690

STEPHENSON

459

149

608

708

TAZEWELL

352

131

483

512

UNION

981

406

1387

1546

VERMILION

335

151

486

541

WABASH

149

50

199

205

WARREN

347

131

478

548

WASHINGTON

737

281

1018

1020

WAYNE

1022

457

1479

1546

WHITE

527

245

772

745

WHITESIDE

466

168

634

617

WILL

209

78

287

225

WILLIAMSON

1256

593

1849

1775

WINNEBAGO

267

74

341

354

WOODFORD

389

150

539

604

Total

58836

22060

80896

80117