Deer Taken in First Firearm Weekend Dramatically Lower Than Last Year

Deer Taken in First Firearm Weekend Dramatically Lower Than Last Year

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.