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Southern Illinois 'least impacted by weather' opening weekend of deer season

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

According to Illinois Department of Natural Recourses, hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 55,708 deer during the opening weekend of deer season.

There was preliminary harvest of 55,708 for the first three days of the 2013 firearm season. Last year, IDNR says there were 72,111 harvested the first three days.

"Weather conditions were difficult throughout most of the season, with some parts of the state seeing rain or snow, and virtually everywhere getting a taste of high winds and frigid temperatures,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton. “Southern Illinois counties appear to have been the least impacted."

IDNR says 59 percent of deer harvested during the three days were bucks. Counties with the highest reported preliminary harvest totals last weekend were Pike 1,535; Jackson 1,526; Randolph 1,436; Fulton 1,409 and Adams 1,393.

The second part of the firearm season in Illinois is December 5-8.

Illinois totals by county 2012/2013:

Adams 1938 1393

Alexander 304 319

Bond 545 427

Boone 96 49

Brown 992 734

Bureau 1014 730

Calhoun 668 532

Carroll 835 597

Cass 580 421

Champaign 239 147

Christian 472 401

Clark 951 725

Clay 909 659

Clinton 580 420

Coles 502 355

Crawford 831 632

Cumberland 701 444

DeKalb 143 100

DeWitt 299 202

Douglas 145 108

Edgar 605 453

Edwards 314 269

Effingham 728 517

Fayette 1284 1067

Ford 96 70

Franklin 907 853

Fulton 2048 1409

Gallatin 331 323

Greene 991 763

Grundy 322 237

Hamilton 841 778

Hancock 1515 1183

Hardin 790 719

Henderson 485 374

Henry 592 458

Iroquois 549 413

Jackson 1621 1526

Jasper 852 658

Jefferson 1540 1340

Jersey 677 479

JoDaviess 1877 1356

Johnson 1309 1134

Kane 36 23

Kankakee 170 106

Kendall 56 56

Knox 1146 750

Lake 9 3

LaSalle 887 588

Lawrence 432 341

Lee 565 385

Livingston 468 306

Logan 358 251

Macon 229 159

Macoupin 1366 890

Madison 686 502

Marion 1319 1007

Marshall 597 424

Mason 438 318

Massac 463 422

McDonough 736 569

McHenry 287 168

McLean 602 427

Menard 345 211

Mercer 755 565

Monroe 794 645

Montgomery 773 656

Morgan 658 543

Moultrie 226 138

Ogle 796 632

Peoria 1093 689

Perry 956 832

Piatt 135 84

Pike 2108 1535

Pope 1212 1108

Pulaski 439 409

Putnam 389 278

Randolph 1665 1436

Richland 532 465

Rock Island 690 544

Saline 690 569

Sangamon 644 395

Schuyler 1225 981

Scott 352 299

Shelby 940 714

St. Clair 691 483

Stark 247 156

Stephenson 797 517

Tazewell 619 338

Union 1319 1297

Vermilion 627 386

Wabash 216 189

Warren 559 394

Washington 803 715

Wayne 1188 1037

White 602 556

Whiteside 648 482

Will 260 202

Williamson 1145 1107

Winnebago 379 223

Woodford 726 429

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