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Illinois hunters harvest more than 52,000 deer during first firearm weekend

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(WSIL) -- Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 52,354 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season Nov. 18-20.

Comparatively, hunters took 48,964 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2021.

Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season will conclude Dec. 1-4. Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include:
  • Muzzleloader-only deer season Dec. 9-11
  • Late-winter antlerless-only and Chronic Wasting Disease deer seasons (in select counties only) Dec. 29-Jan. 1 and Jan.13-15
  • Archery deer season continues through Jan. 15. (Note: archery deer hunting is closed Dec. 1-4 in counties open for firearm deer season.)

The number of deer harvested in each county is listed below:

  • Alexander: 239
  • Franklin: 956
  • Gallatin: 305
  • Hamilton: 741
  • Hardin: 548
  • Jackson: 1484
  • Jefferson: 1249
  • Johnson: 874
  • Massac: 268
  • Perry: 969
  • Pope: 1068
  • Pulaski: 222
  • Saline: 628
  • Union: 812
  • Williamson: 1287

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