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Illinois hunters killed 80,896 deer during the seven-day firearm season that concluded on Sunday, a 1 percent increase over the total killed a year ago.

The relatively flat number comes after hunters started off the 2018 season quickly. Hunters harvested 58,836 deer from Nov. 16-18, the first weekend of firearm season. That was a 14 percent increase over last year's opening weekend.

But during the second weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, hunters got 22,060 deer, a 23 percent decrease compared to last year's closing weekend.

Remaining deer season hunting opportunities in Illinois in the weeks ahead include:

  • Muzzleloader-only deer season, Dec. 7-9.
  • Late-winter antlerless-only deer season and CWD deer season (in designated counties only), Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 18-20.
  • Archery deer season, continues through Jan. 20.

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— The State Journal-Register

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