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Firearm season preliminary harvest drops to 71,675 deer

Firearm season preliminary harvest drops to 71,675 deer

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Hunters took a preliminary total of 71,675 deer during the seven-day 2021 Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded Dec. 5. Hunters harvested a final total of 77,160 deer during the firearm season in 2020.

The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the 2021 firearm season Dec. 2 to 5 was 21,375, compared with 29,432 during the second season in 2020. The preliminary harvest for the first segment of this year’s firearm season Nov. 19 to 21 was 50,300 deer.

Harvest totals not included are the Muzzleloader-only deer season Dec. 10-12. Remaining 2021-22 deer season hunting opportunities in Illinois in include Late-winter antlerless-only deer season and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer season, in designated counties only, Dec. 30-Jan. 2 and Jan. 14-16. Archery deer season continues through Jan. 16, 2022.

Find details on the late-winter season here.

CWD season details are available online here.

Also, a map showing the counties open to the late-winter and CWD seasons can be found at here.

For more deer hunting information, click here.

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