deer Illinois hunters continue to shoot for lower deer population

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) —The deer population right now in Illinois is almost 100,000 fewer than it was a few weeks ago.

The Department of Natural Resources says hunters in Illinois killed about 98,700 deer during the seven days of firearm season: Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5. That compares to 99,419 a year ago.

The top five counties for deer this year were Pike, Fulton, Adams, Jo Daviess, and Randolph.

The archery season continues through Jan. 16. Muzzleloader days are Dec. 10-12. The late-winter firearm antlerless season and the special chronic wasting disease season are Dec. 30-Jan. 2 and Jan. 14-16.

Reported by Dave Dahl

Copyright 2010 Illinois Radio Network


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