Deer numbers down locally; up state-wide

Firearm deer hunters in Illinois harvested nearly 100,000 deer during the two weekend seasons, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The 99,324 deer taken are 1,504 more than in 2011. The first season (Nov. 16-18) saw 72,111 deer killed, and the second season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) added another 27,213 to the total.

There was a statewide increase of 5,610 deer killed in the first season, and a decrease of 4,046 in the second season.

In Fayette County, 1,722 deer were killed, a drop of 230 from 2011. The first season saw 1,284 deer killed in Fayette County, and the second season saw 438 killed.

First-season kills were down 38, and second-season kills fell by 192.

Pike County had the highest total for 2012, with 3,068 kills.

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