SPRINGFIELD – Macoupin County ranked hire on the charts once again statewide for the amount of deer harvested in the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season between Nov. 17-19. Macoupin County recorded 1,077 deer killed on the first weekend of firearm season compared to 1,120 the previous year.

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 53,348 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season between Nov. 17-19. Comparatively, hunters took 52,354 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2022.

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In Calhoun County, there were 476 deer taken, compared to 465 in 2022. In Greene, 624 deer were harvested compared to 634 in 2022 and hunters recorded a total of 484 deer in Madison County, compared to 509 in 2022. A total of 435 deer were harvested in Jersey, compared to 425 in 2022.

Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season will conclude Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include:

  • muzzleloader-only deer season Dec. 8-10;
  • late-winter antlerless-only and chronic wasting disease deer seasons (in select counties only) Dec. 28-31 and Jan. 12-14; and
  • archery deer season through Jan. 14. (Note: archery deer hunting is closed Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in counties open for firearm deer season.)

Go online to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ website for more details about deer hunting, open counties, and other information.

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