Hunting Report: More Deer Harvested in 2018 During Illinois’ Initial Firearm Deer Season

   11.26.18

Hunters who hit the woods during Illinois’ initial Firearm Deer Season had an abundance of success this year, harvesting a preliminary total of 58,836 deer.

This year, the state’s deer hunting season has been divided to run during two separate weekends: November 16-18 & November 29-December 2.

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, hunters who participated in the first leg of the hunt harvested 58,836 deer – a 14 percent increase over the first weekend of the 2017 season, which amounted to 51,450.

Illinois’ seven-day Firearm Deer Season will officially conclude November 29 through December 2.

Illinois deer hunters will have another shot to ground a buck during the weekend of December 7-9, when Muzzleloader-Only Season opens.

The Archery Season will continue through January 20, 2019. Archery hunting is temporarily closed November 29 – December 2 in counties open for Firearm Season.

To view the full list of deer harvest totals by county, click here.

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