50,300 deer harvested in first weekend of firearm season
By Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 50,300 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season between Nov. 19-21.
Comparatively, hunters took 47,147 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2020.
Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season concludes Dec. 2-5. Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include Muzzleloader-only deer season Dec. 10-12; and Late-winter antlerless-only and Chronic Wasting Disease deer seasons (in select counties only) Dec. 30-Jan. 2 and Jan.14-16. Archery deer season continues through Jan. 16. (Archery deer hunting is closed Dec. 2-5 in counties open for firearm deer season.)
More details about deer hunting, open counties, and other information is available on the DNR website.