According to Illinois DNR officials, nearly 99,000 deer were harvested during the Illinois fall firearms season, which is actually a bit of a decrease from 2009, but remarkably similar, showing that population management in that state is going well.

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_Illinois officials say hunters took more than 98,000 deer during this fall’s firearm hunting season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported Wednesday that the preliminary total is 98,700. That’s down slightly from the 99,419 deer harvested during the 2009 season.

DNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton says the remarkably similar numbers show that efforts to control deer herds while maintaining recreational opportunities are working.
_Preliminary reports show Pike County again was tops among counties with 3,130 deer. Other top counties were Fulton, Adams, Jo Daviess and Randolph, with more than 2,000 each.

Deer hunters have other forthcoming opportunities to take the field. Archery deer season continues through Jan. 16, 2011.

Muzzleloader-only deer season in Friday through Sunday and other special seasons are late this month and next month._