Deer kills increase in first weekend of gun hunting | Environment



SPRINGFIELD — The number of deer killed during the first weekend of firearms hunting season increased compared to the same time last year, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters bagged a total of 53,348 deer last weekend, the first weekend of this year’s firearms season, compared to 52,354 deer during the same weekend in 2022.

Totals were also higher in some local communities.

In Champaign County, hunters killed 144 deer this year and 137 in 2022.

Other regional counties and their 2023 totals followed by 2022 totals:

  • DeWitt, 220 (220).
  • Douglas, 121 (120).
  • Ford, 85 (86) years old.
  • Iroquois, 344 (257).
  • Livingston, 310 (268).
  • MacLean, 432 (349).
  • Piatt, 84 (89).
  • Zhu, 419(369).

Illinois’ seven-day firearms deer season ended last weekend.

Other deer hunting opportunities are scheduled in the coming weeks.

  • Muzzleloader only season: Friday through Sunday
  • Hornless disease and chronic wasting disease season (select counties only), December 28-31 and January 12-14.
  • Archery season: Until January 14th.

More information about deer hunting, open counties and other information can be found on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website at

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