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One of the most effective ways of managing wildlife numbers is hunting. It keeps the animals from over-populating which often leads to massive die-offs due to winter starvation and diseases. Hopefully, that won’t happen this winter in many part of Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reports that hunters harvested a preliminary total of 79,429 deer during the seven-day state firearm deer season that closed on Sunday, Dec. 4. 

That figure compares to the final total of 86,847 deer harvested during the seven days of the firearm season in 2015. 

The harvest total for 2016 was down by 7,418 deer, when compared to numbers recorded in 2015.

The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season on Dec. 1-4 totaled 24,977, compared with 28,977 during the second season in 2015.  

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