Deer Havested Up in Marion County from Last Year during Firearm SeasonDeer harvesting was up this year in Marion County during the first weekend of the state's opening firearm season. Hunters in Marion County harvested 1,319 deer, up from 1,218 deer last year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources say over 72,000 deer was harvested during the first weekend of the firearm season, up 6,000 deer from last year.
Jefferson County had the highest number of deer harvested in South-Central Illinois, with 1,540 deer harvested, up from 1,496 last year. Fayette County had 1,284 deer harvested, down from 1,322 last year. Wayne County had 1,188 deer harvested, down from 1,238 last year. Clay County had 909 deer harvested, down from 938 last year. Washington County had the lowest number of deer harvested, with 803 deer harvested, up from 754 last year.
Hunters in some areas had feared numbers would be reduced because of a drought-driven outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. But the agency said conditions were very good. The department says about 60 percent of the deer taken so far are bucks. The department said Tuesday that the highest totals during the first three days were in Pike, Fulton, Adams Jo Daviess and Randolph counties.
More than 334,000 firearm deer hunting permits were issued for this year's season. The second portion of the firearm season will be from November 29th through December 2nd. The three-day Muzzleloader-only Deer Season is December 7 through 9. The seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season will take place on December 27th-30th, 2012 and January 18th-20th.
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