Deer harvest numbers show large increase in region

Illinois Firearm Deer Season began with the Nov. 16-18 weekend. It will conclude this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

Local preliminary harvest totals report by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources totaled 8,537 this year, which is up 763 deer, with last year resting at 7,774.

Johnson County had 1205, with last year at 1097; Saline County had 666, with last year at 623; Pope County had 1176, with last year at 1092; Union County had 981, with last year at 977; Pulaski County had 207, with last year at 222; Williamson County had 1256, with last year at 1052; Jackson County had 1717, with last year at 1489; Massac County had 286, with last year at 283 and Alexander County had 353, with last year at 291.

Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include: Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 7-9; Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (in select counties only) on Dec. 27-30, 2018 and Jan. 18-20, 2019; Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 20, 2019 (archery deer hunting is closed Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in counties open for Firearm Deer Season)

For more details on deer hunting, open counties, and other information, check the IDNR website at

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