Illinois deer hunters started the fall’s firearm season with a bang, napping nearly 59,000 deer in a single weekend.
The state’s deer hunting season this year is running in two sets: Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
In the first, hunters pulled in 58,836 deer, which according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources represented a 14 percent increase over the first weekend of the season last year, which totaled 51,450.
Illinois deer hunters will be given another opportunity to nab a buck in the weekend of Dec. 7-9, when muzzleloader-only season opens.
Archery season will continue through January 20, 2019.