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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Hunters take slightly fewer deer than last year

  • Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 180,669 deer during all 2012 through 2013 deer seasons, just under the 181,451 harvest last year, according to a release from Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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  • Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 180,669 deer during all 2012 through 2013 deer seasons, just under the 181,451 harvest last year, according to a release from Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
    Those seasons include the archery season, late winter antlerless only and special chronic wasting disease programs that closed Jan. 20. Gallatin, Hardin and Pope counties were closed to the later winter and chronic wasting disease seasons, but Saline County participated.
    For the state hunters took 49 percent does and 51 percent males.
    The record deer season was in 2005-2006 with 201,209 deer harvested.
    In Gallatin County there were 298 deer killed in the archery season, 20 in the youth season, 512 in the firearm seasons, 25 in the muzzleloader season for a total of 855.
    In Hardin County hunters killed 457 in the archery season, 32 in the youth program, 1,027 in the firearm season, and 43 in the muzzleloader season for a total of 1,559.
    In Pope County hunters killed 851 in the archery season, 25 in the youth season, 1,582 in the firearm season, 58 in the muzzleloader season for a total of 2,516.
    In Saline County hunters killed 467 in the archery season, 40 in the youth season, 1,028 in the firearm season, 27 in the muzzleloader season and 177 in the later winter chronic wasting disease seasons for a total of 1,739.
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