SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The deer season ended this week in Illinois and preliminary estimates are that hunters harvested nearly 182,000 deer.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that this season’s total is nearly 700 more deer than last season. The state’s record harvest was in 2005 and 2006 when 201,300 deer were harvested. Archery hunters took about 63,500 deer and firearm hunters took 98,700 deer.

The muzzleloader-only hunt brought about 2,300 deer and the youth deer season harvested about 1,500 deer.

Department wildlife program manager Paul Shelton says liberal permit quotas and season have contributed to the record harvest levels. He says biologists are working to control herbs and curb deer population growth.

Top deer harvesting areas of Illinois included Adams, Fulton and Pike counties.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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