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Deer Hunting Season Numbers Down From Last Year During Opening Weekend

Hunters in Illinois got fewer deer this opening weekend of Illinois Firearm Season than in previous years past. Illinois hunters harvested a preliminary total of 47,147 deer during the first weekend of Deer Season compared with 50,713 from last year. The seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude December 3-6.  IDNR Spokesperson Rachel Tolbert says that things are lower but there are many factors that lead to that.



In Christian County, there were 419 deer harvested in 2020 as opposed to only 372 last year. In Montgomery County, there were 520 deer harvested in 2020 as opposed to 540 last year. 


Tolbert says there will be other deer hunting opportunities in the near future with muzzleloader-only deer season, late-winter antlerless-only, CWD, and archery season’s coming up. 



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