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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 Results

County

2014

2015

Adams

1414

1561

Alexander

256

335

Bond

405

499

Boone

72

76

Brown

689

737

Bureau

676

714

Calhoun

453

565

Carroll

444

500

Cass

410

490

Champaign

142

142

Christian

389

434

Clark

648

723

Clay

695

761

Clinton

455

426

Coles

318

389

Crawford

618

673

Cumberland

422

483

DeKalb

87

78

DeWitt

206

255

Douglas

105

123

Edgar

382

452

Edwards

290

317

Effingham

519

624

Fayette

1035

1154

Ford

60

90

Franklin

775

911

Fulton

1296

1391

Gallatin

320

322

Greene

633

770

Grundy

231

241

Hamilton

720

805

Hancock

1082

1158

Hardin

628

694

Henderson

378

375

Henry

417

479

Iroquois

365

384

Jackson

1534

1586

Jasper

632

670

Jefferson

1295

1405

Jersey

406

460

JoDaviess

1195

1453

Johnson

1096

1211

Kane

24

16

Kankakee

109

121

Kendall

44

54

Knox

769

830

Lake

4

4

LaSalle

540

547

Lawrence

406

430

Lee

344

418

Livingston

318

281

Logan

249

289

Macon

145

170

Macoupin

775

993

Madison

397

513

Marion

979

1090

Marshall

366

419

Mason

296

325

Massac

344

418

McDonough

507

545

McHenry

190

198

McLean

372

411

Menard

200

248

Mercer

461

536

Monroe

553

733

Montgomery

587

681

Morgan

466

525

Moultrie

145

151

Ogle

514

582

Peoria

613

735

Perry

804

840

Piatt

77

65

Pike

1378

1419

Pope

1178

1237

Pulaski

350

358

Putnam

240

252

Randolph

1384

1619

Richland

485

515

Rock Island

454

559

Saline

555

649

Sangamon

388

470

Schuyler

927

966

Scott

225

276

Shelby

693

832

St. Clair

473

540

Stark

151

146

Stephenson

449

527

Tazewell

328

377

Union

1143

1281

Vermilion

352

426

Wabash

152

151

Warren

340

375

Washington

658

721

Wayne

964

1022

White

524

579

Whiteside

357

476

Will

177

223

Williamson

1090

1202

Winnebago

208

224

Woodford

416

462

Total

51830

57968