Deer harvest up in Sauk Valley, statewide
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois hunters took nearly 59,000 deer during the first weekend of this fall’s firearm deer season.
That’s 14 percent more than were taken over the first weekend of the season last year, when the harvest totaled 51,450, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said.
In the five-county Sauk Valley region, 2,675 deer were harvested, compared to 2,229 over the first weekend last year – a 17 percent increase.
The numbers, this year and last:
Bureau County: 749 and 634.
Carroll County: 511 and 427.
Lee County: 380 and 329.
Ogle County: 569 and 441.
Whiteside County: 466 and 398.
The last of the firearm deer season runs 7 days, Thursday through Dec. 2.
Archery deer season runs through Jan. 20, except for Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, when it shuts down for firearm hunting.
Go to www.dnr.illinois.gov for more information on upcoming hunting opportunities, rules and regulations.