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Illinois deer hunting: 1st late-season split

During the the initial first four-day split of the late winter/CWD deer hunting seasons in Illinois, which ended Sunday, hunters harvested a preliminary total of 9,491 deer. I am not sure what to make of that number, since it is the first time for it, but seems higher than what I might have expected.

This is the first year that gun hunting has been offered during this period. I will try to get Paul Shelton’s take on the number yet today.

Considering how horrificly cold it was for nearly all four days, that seems like a high number to me.

Top five counties were Pike (441), Fulton (378), JoDaviess (346), Adams (280) and Wayne (245).

Check dnr.state.il.us/admin/late.htm for details on the late-winter deer seasons.