Firearm deer season beginning in Illinois


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois firearm deer season begins Friday through Sunday and concludes Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.


   Hunters harvested more than 98,000 deer during last year's seven-day hunt. So far this year, about 334,000 permits have been issued.


   The legal hunting hours for the firearm season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.


   Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc is reminding hunters to be safe while enjoying the hunt.


   In most counties, hunters who succeed in taking a deer during the firearm season must register online through the IDNR website or by phoning 1-866-IL-CHECK (1-866-452-4325).


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