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Marion County Hunters Bring in Less Deer Compared to Last Year

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

After seeing an increase in deer harvesting during the firearm deer season last year, Marion County Hunters brought less deer in this year.  Marion County hunters brought in 1,772 deer, down 84 deer from last year.

Most counties in South Central Illinois saw a decrease in deer harvested this year.  Jefferson County had the highest number of deer harvested in South Central Illinois, with 2,178 deer harvested, down from 2,314 in 2011.  Fayette County had 1,722 deer harvested, down from 1,952 deer in 2011.  

Wayne County had 1,716 deer harvested, down from 1,872 deer in 2011.  Clay County had 1,217 deer harvested, down from 1,351 in 2011.  Washington County had 1,099 deer harvested, down from 1,108 deer in 2011.  Clinton County had the lowest number of deer harvested in South Central Illinois with 756, down from 845 the previous year.

Overall, hunters in the state brought in 99,324 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season. Last year, hunters brought in 97,820 deer during the firearm season.

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