Metro-East News

Deer harvest from opening weekend of firearm season down from 2015

The number of deer taken during the opening weekend of Illinois Firearm Deer Season dropped slightly compared to 2015 totals, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The opening weekend harvest saw 54,452 deer killed throughout the state, a 5.9 percent drop from last year’s opening weekend total of 57,807. The state’s seven-day firearm deer season will finish Dec. 1-4.

One county in the area was able to buck that trend as Clinton County hunters killed 30 more deer during the early period this year, a total of 457, than they did in the same time frame in 2015. Locally, Randolph County led the way with 1,582 deer killed during the opening week, which was down from 1,621 last year.