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Illinois hunters harvest more than 53,000 deer during the first weekend of firearm season

A white-tailed deer sitting in a field
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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 53,348 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season between November 17 and 19.

That's a thousand more than during the first firearm weekend in 2022.

Hunters in Randolph, Jackson, Jefferson and Williamson counties were among the most successful this year.

Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season will conclude this Thursday through Sunday.

Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include the muzzleloader-only deer season from December 8-10 and archery deer season through January 14...archery deer hunting is closed this coming weekend in counties open for firearm deer season.

As a news producer and news anchor on All Things Considered, Brad provides the listeners with a recap of the day's top local and state news as well as breaking news at any given time. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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