FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday firearm deer hunters in the state took a preliminary total of 97,760 deer during the seven-day firearm season.
Last year's preliminary firearm season harvest was 98,944.
According to the IDNR, the preliminary second-season, Dec. 1-4, harvest total was 31,259, compared with the 30,907 during the same time in 2010. This year’s preliminary first-season, Nov. 18-20, deer harvest was 66,501, compared with a first-season harvest of 68,037 in 2010. The preliminary harvest totals include deer taken in all counties in which firearm deer hunting is permitted, as well as at Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County.