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SPRINGFIELD — Deer hunters in Ford County took a preliminary total of 136 deer — down from 139 the year prior — during the 2012 seven-day firearm deer-hunting season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Ford County hunters harvested 96 deer during the first firearm season on Nov. 16-18 and 40 during the second season Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.
Meanwhile, Iroquois County hunters harvested 549 deer during the first season and 278 during the second, giving the county a total of 827 deer harvested, up from 796.
In Illinois, 99,324 deer were taken in 2012, compared with the 97,820 during the 2011 firearm season. The preliminary second-season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) harvest total was 27,213, compared with the 31,259 last year. This year’s preliminary first-season (Nov. 18-20) harvest was 72,111, compared with 66,501 in 2011.
Preliminary harvest reports show the top five county totals for deer taken during the seven-day firearm season were Pike (3,068), Fulton (2,815), Adams (2,534), Jo Daviess (2,534) and Randolph (2,221).
The archery deer season continues through Jan. 20.