Illinois hunters bag 97,000 deer during firearm season
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[December 08, 2011]
-- Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total
of 97,760 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov.
18-20 and Dec. 1-4, according to the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources. This year's preliminary firearm season harvest total
compares with the 98,944 deer taken during the 2010 firearm season.
The preliminary second-season (Dec. 1-4) harvest total was 31,259,
compared with the 30,907 deer taken by hunters during the second
segment of the season in 2010. This year's preliminary first-season
(Nov. 18-20) deer harvest was 66,501, compared with a first-season
harvest of 68,037 in 2010. The preliminary harvest totals include
deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is
permitted, as well as at Chain O'Lakes State Park in Lake County.
"The first two days of the second season provided excellent hunting
conditions, and harvest totals on those days reflected that," said
Paul Shelton, IDNR forest wildlife program manager. "Steady rain was
the story of the day on Saturday in the north and west, and on
Sunday in the south and east. This depressed harvest somewhat on
those days, but there is still a lot of deer hunting opportunity to
be had with the upcoming muzzleloader, late-winter and special CWD
Preliminary harvest reports show the top five county totals for
deer taken during the seven-day firearm season were Pike, with
2,958; Fulton, 2,581; Adams, 2,393; Jefferson, 2,314; and Jo
Continuing and upcoming deer hunting opportunities in Illinois:
The archery deer
season, continuing through Jan. 15.
Illinois muzzleloader-only deer season this weekend, Dec. 9-11.
The seven-day split
late-winter firearm antlerless-only deer season and the special
CWD deer season are Dec. 29-Jan. 1 and Jan. 13-15.
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Permits for both the late-winter and special CWD seasons will be
available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit
vendors, beginning Dec. 13. Archery and remaining muzzleloader-only
permits are also available over the counter from DNR Direct vendors.
Vendor locations by county are available on the IDNR website at this
For detailed information on the late-winter and CWD deer seasons,
including information sheets listing open counties and permit
limits, check the IDNR website at this link:
A listing of preliminary county harvest totals for the first and
second portions of the 2011 firearm deer season, the preliminary
total firearm harvest for 2011, and the comparable county harvest
totals for 2010 is available at
Totals for Logan County are:
2011 first season:
2011 second season:
2011 total: 423
2010 total: 439
news release from the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources]