Considering the weather, it was expected that harvest during llinois' muzzleloader-only deer season would be down; and it is, way down, from 4,704 deer in 2009 to only 3,276 during the 2010 season from Friday through Sunday.
Here are the numbers from the IDNR:
Hunters took a preliminary total of 3,276 deer during the 3-day Muzzleloader Deer Season (Dec. 10-12), compared to the 2009 total of 4,704.
Top counties were Pike (116), Fulton (84), JoDaviess (82), LaSalle (77), and Bureau and Jefferson (tied with 74). . . .
The record year for muzzleloader season harvest was 2006, with 5,973 deer taken.