IDNR Deer

(Illinois Department of Natural Resources photo)

Despite traditional firearm deer season totals being down in the state this year, Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials say preliminary totals for combined deer hunting seasons were up, compared to the 2018-2019 seasons.

Illinois hunters harvested 153,048 deer between firearm, archery, muzzleloader, youth, and late-winter seasons.

That's according to IDNR spokesperson Rachel Torbert.

In Kendall County, total numbers were slightly up at 307 deer harvested, compared to last year's total of 293.

LaSalle County, which annually has among the highest amounts of deer taken in the WSPY listening area, saw a decrease in deer taken this season, with 1566 total deer harvested, down from 1700, last year.

DeKalb County was slightly up with 327 deer harvested, as opposed to 306 in the 2018-2019 seasons.

Also, Kane County tallied a slight decrease with 356 deer, compared to 365, last year.

Illinois counties that harvested the most deer include Pike, Fulton, Adams and Randolph counties.