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Marion County Hunters Harvest 3,292 Deer During All Seasons, Decrease from Last Year

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Marion County deer hunters took a total of 3,292 deer during the just completed deer hunting seasons for 2012.   That's down from the 3,365 taken during all of the seasons in 2011.  Statewide, hunters harvested 180,669 deer.  That's down from the prior years total of 181,936 deer.  

During this year's deer seasons, hunters took in 49-percent does and 51-percent males.  Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials says the results will now be analyzed to determine if any changes are needed in the deer hunting seasons.   

The breakdown of Marion County numbers show 1,774 deer taken during the firearm season, 1,089 in the archery season, 299 in the special season set up to control chronic wasting disease, 64 in the muzzleloader season and 66 in the youth season.  

Jefferson County had the highest deer take in the region, with 4,266 deer harvested.  The deer harvested in other area counties include 2,319 in Clay County, 1,347 in Clinton County, 3,181 in Fayette County, 1,524 in Washington County and 3,139 in Wayne County. 

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