During the the initial first four-day split of the late winter/CWD deer hunting seasons in Illinois, which ended Sunday, hunters harvested a preliminary total of 9,491 deer. I am not sure what to make of that number, since it is the first time for it, but seems higher than what I might have expected.
This is the first year that gun hunting has been offered during this period. I will try to get Paul Shelton's take on the number yet today.
Considering how horrificly cold it was for nearly all four days, that seems like a high number to me.
Top five counties were Pike (441), Fulton (378), JoDaviess (346), Adams (280) and Wayne (245).
Check dnr.state.il.us/admin/late.htm for details on the late-winter deer seasons.