Shotgun season fails to yield 100,000 deer

Illinois deer hunters bagged 33,293 deer during the second
firearm season, which ended Sunday. Overall, the firearms harvest
for 2009 stands at 99,419, the lowest total since 1999, when
hunters took 92,196 deer. In the fall of 2008, hunters shot 105,595
total during gun season, 33,701 in the second weekend of the
season.

Preliminary reports show that Pike County once again was the top
county with 3,265 deer taken. Other top county harvest totals were
Fulton (2,616), Adams (2,480), Jefferson (2,379), Jo Daviess
(2,281), Randolph (2,256), and Jackson (2,153).

Meanwhile, Illinois’ muzzleloader-only season opens Friday (Dec.
11) and runs through Sunday (Dec. 13). Unfilled firearms,
muzzleloader, youth, and landowner firearm permits will be valid
for antlerless deer in counties that are open.

Categories: Illinois – Ralph Loos

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