Illinois hunters harvest 181,000 deer - KMOV.com

Illinois hunters harvest 181,000 deer

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Hunters in Illinois killed more than 181,000 deer during the bow-hunting and firearms seasons that ended this month.

   
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that the total was a slight dip from the previous hunting season, when just more than 182,000 deer were killed.
   
The state's record deer harvest, during the 2005-2006 season, totaled more than 200,000.
   
The department's forest wildlife program manager, Paul Shelton, says deer populations in many parts of Illinois have been reduced to levels closer to population targets.
   
In the coming months, biologists will study data to determine any changes for the next hunting seasons.

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