SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced a preliminary total of 76,579 deer were taken by hunters during the seven-day 2020 Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded on Sunday, Dec. 6. A final total of 75,417 deer were harvested during the firearm season in 2019.
The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season (Dec. 3-6) was 29,432, compared with 25,176 during the second season in 2019. The preliminary harvest for the first segment of this year’s firearm season (Nov. 20-22) was 47,147 deer.
Remaining 2020-21 deer season hunting opportunities in Illinois in the weeks ahead include:
Details on the Late-Winter season are available on the IDNR website at: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/Documents/2020-2021%20Late%20Winter%20Hunting%20Information.pdf
Details on the CWD season are available on the website at: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/Documents/2020-2021%20Special%20CWD%20Season%20Hunting%20Information.pdf
A map showing the counties open to the Late-Winter and CWD seasons can be found at: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/programs/CWD/Documents/Late_Winter_CWD_Map.pdf
For more deer hunting information, visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx
Preliminary Firearm Deer Season harvest totals in area counties for the second season are:
Bureau – 366; DeKalb – 36; LaSalle – 232; Lee – 198; Ogle – 241; Putnam – 113; Whiteside – 186.