Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 47,147 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season Nov. 20-22 compared with 50,173 deer taken during the first firearm weekend in 2019 according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season will conclude Dec. 3-6.
In Montgomery County, numbers were up slightly, with 540 deer taken in 2020, compared to 520 taken in 2019. Numbers were also up in Bond County (500 to 426), Fayette County (1,004 to 980), Macoupin County (1,025 to 987), Sangamon (329 to 326) and Madison (442 to 379), while they were down in Christian (372 from 419) and Shelby (757 from 824).
Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include muzzleloader-only season from Dec. 11-13; late-winter antlerless-only from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 15-17; and archery deer season through Jan. 17, 2021.
Archery deer hunting, which started Oct. 1, is closed Dec. 3-6 in counties open for firearm deer season. Currently 814 deer have been harvested in Montgomery County during archery season, just 24 fewer than all of last year.
For more details on deer hunting, open counties and other information, check the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx.