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Hunters harvest more than 153,000 deer in just completed seasons, including 2,943 in Marion County

Hunters harvest more than 153,000 deer in just completed seasons, including 2,943 in Marion County

Illinois hunters harvested more than 153,000 deer during the various deer seasons. Marion County hunters harvested 2,943 deer.

State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Rachel Tobert says deer hunting wrapped up on January 18th bringing an end to the archery, youth and firearm hunting seasons for the winter.

“Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 153,048 deer during the 2019-2020 firearm and archery seasons compared with 151,009 in 2018-2019,” said Tobert.

This time around, deer hunters took 45 percent does and 55 percent males.

In Marion County, 1,467 deer were harvested during the regular firearm season, 1,186 by archery hunters, 76 in the youth program, 41 in the muzzleloader season and 173 in the late season.  The total harvest of 2,943 deer is up 110 from last year’s total.

In Jefferson County, 3,805 deer were taken in all the seasons.  Clay County hunters took 1,927 deer, Clinton County 1,249 deer, Fayette County 2,704 deer, Washington County 1,606 deer, and Wayne County 2,618 deer.

Illinois counties that harvested the most deer include Pike, Fulton, Adams, and Randolph.