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Hunters Harvested 50,173 Deer Opening Weekend
Illinois Ag Connection - 12/03/2019

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

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