Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 50,173 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 22-24. Hunters took 58,836 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2018.
Illinois' seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude Dec. 5-8.
Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include:
- Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 13-15;
- Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (in select counties only) on Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19;
- Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 19 (archery deer hunting is closed Dec. 5-8 in counties open for Firearm Deer Season)
For more details on deer hunting, open counties, and other information, check the IDNR website at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx