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Firearm hunters kill 97,760 deer

December 07, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Illinois deer hunters killed a preliminary total of 97,760 deer during the traditional seven-day firearm season held Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4.

This year’s total is down 1,184 deer from last year’s total of 98,944.

The total for the second segment of the season, Dec. 1-4, was 31,259 compared with 30,907 killed in 2010.

The first season total was 66,501 compared with 68,037 in 2010.

Weather conditions were good for at least the first half of the second segment.

Paul Shelton, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program Manager said rain put a damper on the last two days.

Pike County hunters killed 2,958 deer to take the top spot. Other top counties were Fulton with 2,581 and Adams with 2,393. Jefferson County hunters killed 2,314 and JoDaviess County hunters racked up 2,267.

Remaining deer hunting seasons:

- Archery deer hunting continues through Jan. 15. So far, archery hunters have killed 54,356 deer.
- The muzzleloader-only deer season starts Friday and ends Sunday.
- The seven-day split late-winter firearm antlerless-only deer season and special CWD deer season will be held Dec. 29 - Jan. 1 and Jan. 13-15.

Permits are still available for all remaining seasons.
Permit vendors can be found at: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx

For more information on the late-winter and CWD deer seasons, including a listing of open counties and permit limits, visit:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/ResidentHunting.aspx

County by county totals and comparisons with last year:

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