IDNR Deer

(Illinois Department of Natural Resources photo)

Harvested deer during the first weekend of firearm deer season were down this year, compared to 2018, in Kendall County and the State of Illinois.

State officials say that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 50,173 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 22-24. Hunters took 58,836 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2018.

In Kendall County, 53 deer were harvested during the first weekend, this year, compared to 60 deer during the first weekend in 2018.

In LaSalle County, 469 deer were taken during the first weekend, this year, compared to 555 taken during the first weekend in 2018.

DeKalb County had 87 deer taken during the first weekend in 2018, compared to 80 this year.

In Kane County, 19 deer were harvested in the first weekend in 2018. 18 were harvested during the first weekend this year.

Adams County had largest amount of deer harvested during the first weekend in 2018 when 1647 deer were taken. This year, the first weekend yielded only 1437 in that county.

Illinois’ seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude Dec. 5-8.  

Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season takes place Dec. 13-15; Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and Chronic Waste Disease Deer Seasons in select counties occur Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19, 2020.

Archery Deer Season is currently taking place and continues through Jan. 19, 2020, but is closed during the four day conclusion of Firearm Deer Season.