SPRINGFIELD – A preliminary total of 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded on Dec. 2.
The 2018 preliminary harvest total compares to the final total of 80,117 deer harvested during the firearm season in 2017.
The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 was 22,060, compared with 28,656 during the second season in 2017.
The preliminary harvest for the first segment of firearm season on Nov. 16-18 was 58,836 deer.
Putnam County hunters shot 343 deer this year, compared to 342 in 2017.
Bureau County hunters shot 1,080 deer this year, compared to 1,006 in 2017.
LaSalle County hunters shot 766 deer this year, compared to 669 in 2017.
Marshall County hunters shot 602 deer this year, compared to 601 last year.