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Firearm season harvest totals 76,854 deer

Firearm season harvest totals 76,854 deer

By Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 76,854 deer during the seven-day 2022 Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded Dec. 4, an increase over the 2021 season total of 70,411 deer.

The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the 2022 firearm season Dec. 1-4 was 24,500, compared with 21,477 during the second season in 2021. The preliminary harvest for the first segment of this year’s firearm season Nov. 18-20 was 52,354 deer.

Remaining 2022-23 deer season hunting opportunities in Illinois include the late-winter antlerless-only deer season and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer season, in designated counties only, Dec. 29 through Jan. 1, 2023, and Jan. 13-15. Archery deer season continues through Jan. 15.

Details on the late-winter season are available here.

For a map showing the counties open to the late-winter and CWD seasons, click here.

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