White-tailed deer

A white-tailed deer basks in the sun on a snowy day at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in this file photo. Fewer deer were harvested in the first weekend of firearm deer season this year, the state says. 

MATTOON — Preliminary numbers showed the deer harvest was down around 15% from last year for the first weekend of the firearm deer season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

A total of 50,173 deer were harvested from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, down from a three-day total of 58,836 in 2018.

The state's seven-day firearm season wraps up Dec. 5-8.

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In Coles County, the haul decreased from 492 to 417. 

Muzzleloader-only deer season goes from Dec. 13-15. Archery season continues through Jan. 19, with a pause from Dec. 5-8 for the firearm season. Late-winter antlerless-only and chronic wasting disease seasons go from Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19.

The State Journal-Register contributed. 

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