Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 86,771 deer during the seven-day Firearm Deer Season that closed on Sunday, December 6. That figure compares to 76,575 deer harvested during the seven days of firearm season in 2014.
Preliminary harvest figures for the second segment of the firearm season on Dec. 3-6 totaled 28,803, compared with 24,745 during the second season in 2014. The preliminary harvest total for the first segment of firearm season on November 20-22 was 57,968 deer, compared with the 51,830 deer taken by hunters during the first season in 2014.
Looking around the area, hunters in Effingham County totaled 872 deer this year, compared to 678 last year. Fayette County totaled 1655 this year, compared to 1444 last year. In Cumberland County the total for the season increased from 608 last year to 724 this year. Clay County also saw an increase, totaling 1096 this year compared to 974 last year. Marion County hunters harvested 1359 deer during the season last year, a number that improved to 1547 this year. Shelby County saw an increase as well, totaling 960 deer last year and 1159 this year.