The just-concluded deer kill was on par with last year’s, according to totals released by the state. “Our deer hunting seasons closed on Jan. 20 in Illinois with a preliminary total statewide harvest of 180,669 during all seasons,” said Tim Schweizer, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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“That’s a little less than the same period of a year ago; but, for deer management purposes, (the) wildlife staff was pretty happy with the effort hunters put into the fall and early winter hunt.” The firearm season accounted for more than half of the total. The other seasons are youth, archery, muzzleloader, and chronic wasting disease. Pike County had 7,239 deer taken to lead the state. Fulton, Adams, Jo Daviess, and Jefferson Counties with the others with more than 4,000. Schweizer says the DNR does not set a goal for the annual harvest.