Illinois deer hunters have wrapped up the primary firearm season, with the total harvest falling just a bit short of their total quarry last year.
According to data from IDNR, 76,232 deer were harvested during the seven-day 2023 Illinois firearm deer season. This was a slight decrease from the 76,854 deer taken during the 2022 season.
The remaining 2023-2024 deer hunting opportunities in Illinois include:
- Late-winter antlerless-only and chronic wasting disease (CWD) season, in designated counties only, Dec. 28-31 and Jan. 12-14. A map showing the counties open to late-winter and CWD seasons can be found online.
- Archery deer season continues through Jan. 14.
View a table of preliminary 2023 firearm deer season totals by county and comparable totals for 2022.