Illinois deer hunters were more successful this year than last.
The state's Department of Natural Resources reports hunters killed 86,771 in the seven days of the firearm season, which are on the weekends before and after Thanksgiving weekend. The 2014 total was 76,575.
The first weekend this season bagged 57,968 deer. The second weekend saw 28,803.
There's still a chance to get a deer.
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“We still have archery deer hunting opportunities into mid-January,” says Tim Schweizer, a DNR spokesman, “we still have the muzzleloader hunting season this weekend, and the late-winter (antlerless and Chronic Wasting Disease) season designated counties (in) late December into mid-January.”
The state's top five counties for hunters, each with more than 2,000 deer harvested, are Adams, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Pike, and Randolph.