Deer harvest numbers on the rise in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on January 25, 2016 at 12:47pm

Illinois hunters killed almost 10,000 more deer during the 2015-2016 hunting season than last year.

Preliminary numbers from the Department of Natural Resources showed a total of 155,131 deer brought in this year, compared to 145,720 the year before.

Hunters in Morgan, Greene, Cass and Scott Counties had a successful year as well.

Greene County led the way with 1,903 deer this year, compared to 1,773 the year before. Cass County totaled 1,405 deer in 2015-2016, an improvement of almost 200 from last year. Morgan County hunters brought in 1,350 deer, nearly 120 more than last year. Scott County hunters killed 677 deer this year, compared to 634 the year before.

Eight fewer counties were open for the Late-Winter Antlerless Season this year because they had reached deer population goals. Other hunting seasons this year included archery, youth, traditional firearm and muzzleloader.