New numbers are being released from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on West Central Illinois deer hunting.
The numbers for the second segment of the firearm season, from December 3rd to the 6th, totaled 28,803, compared with 24,745 during the second season in 2014.
Hunters across the state harvested a preliminary total of 86,771 deer during the seven-day Firearm Deer Season that closed this past Sunday. That figure compares to 76,575 deer harvested during the seven days of firearm deer season in 2014.
Cass County saw 280 deer harvested last weekend and 758 total, compared to 631 last year. Greene County hunters bagged 414 last week, creating a total of 1,184, which is up from 1,036.
Morgan County stats indicate 266 deer were taken, for a two-week-total of 791, which is up slightly from 702 in 2014. Scott county hunters got 171 deer, creating a total of 447, which is up from 379 last year.
There are still several deer-hunting opportunities over the winter months, starting with muzzleloader-only this upcoming weekend.