DECATUR — Preliminary numbers showed the deer harvest was down around 15% from last year for the first weekend of the firearm deer season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
A total of 50,173 deer were harvested from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, down from a three-day total of 58,836 in 2018.
The state's seven-day firearm season wraps up Dec. 5-8.
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In Macon County, the haul decreased slightly from 152 last year to 149.
Most surrounding counties saw even larger decreases:
- Christian County, 475 to 372;
- DeWitt County, 244 to 206;
- Moultrie County, 179 to 156;
- Piatt County, 85 to 83;
- Sangamon County, 419 to 329;
- Shelby County, 837 to 757.
Muzzleloader-only deer season goes from Dec. 13-15. Archery season continues through Jan. 19, with a pause from Dec. 5-8 for the firearm season. Late-winter antlerless-only and chronic wasting disease seasons go from Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19.
The State Journal-Register contributed.