Jefferson County fifth highest deer harvest in state
By Tesa Glass
MT. VERNON — Hunters in Jefferson County bagged 1,334 deer during the first weekend of firearm season, Nov. 16 through Nov. 18.
According to information from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, a total of 58,836 deer were harvested throughout the state during the first weekend, with hunters in 17 counties topping 1,000 deer.
Jackson County had the highest harvest total, coming in with 1,717 deer; Adams County had 1,647; Randolph County with 1,637; Pike County with 1,361; and Jefferson County with its 1,334 to round out the top five county harvests. The remaining counties with 4-digit harvests were Fulton County with 1,329; JoDaviess County with 1,312; Macoupin County with 1,300; Marion County with 1,234; Williamson County with 1,256; Johnson County with 1,205; Fayette County with 1,193; Pope County with 1,176; Hancock County with 1,132; Wayne County with 1,022; Shuyler County with 1,005; and Perry County with 1,000.
The totals are 7,386 deer higher than the harvest during the first weekend of firearm season in 2017, when the total was 51,450. Last year, a total of 1,329 deer were taken during the first firearm weekend in Jefferson County.
Totals from other counties in the region are:
Clay County with 932;
Clinton County with 591;
Franklin County with 961;
Hamilton County with 836;
Washington County with 737; and
White County with 527.
The seven-day firearm deer season will end Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.
According to information from the IDNR, Muzzleloader-only season Dec. 7 through Dec. 9 and archery deer season continues through Jan. 29 with the archery closed Nov. 19 through Dec. 2 in firearm hunting counties.
Information about additional opportunities for deer hunting is available on the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx.