The Illinois seven day firearm deer hunting season begins its last 4 days for this year. The season will run December 5th through December 8th.
The first firearm deer hunting season was November 22-24th. Numbers released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources show a dramatic drop in the number of deer harvested as compared to the same weekend a year ago.
The first weekend in November 2018 saw 58,836 while the 2019 figures show just over 50,000 taken statewide. In the 4 county Sauk Valley area the numbers were down as well. In 2018 1,926 deer were harvested while in 2019 400 less were brought in.