Hunters take 80K deer during firearm season; extra weekends announced

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hunters harvested more than 80,000 deer during this year’s firearm season. That’s a slight increase over 2016.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the preliminary total for the seven-day season that ended Sunday was 80,021 deer. Last year hunters harvested 79,559 deer.

The counties where the most deer were taken were Jackson, Pike, Randolph, Adams and Jefferson counties.

There are still hunting opportunities available this season.

CWD Deer Season dates will be December 28-31st and January 12-14th. They will be open in DeKalb, LaSalle and Livingston counties, with Late-Winter Deer season open in Lee.

Muzzleloader-only season is runs from Friday to Sunday, and archery deer season continues through Jan. 14.

Some designated counties, including LaSalle, have late-winter antlerless-only seasons in late December and mid-January. For permit information see link below.