Hunters participating in the 2009 Illinois Muzzleloader Deer Hunt harvested a preliminary total of 4,697 deer during the season conducted on Dec. 11-13. The harvest compares with the 4,310 deer taken by hunters during the 2008 muzzleloader season.
The top county harvest totals for the 2009 muzzleloader season were in Pike (221), Fulton (124), Jo Daviess (114), Hancock (109), and Jefferson (103) counties.
Both firearm and archery deer hunting opportunities are still available for hunters in Illinois prior to the end of the 2009-2010 deer hunting seasons on Jan. 17, 2010.
The expanded seven-day split Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season are Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 and Jan. 15-17, 2010. The statewide Archery Deer Hunting season continues through Jan. 17, 2010. Permits are available over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit agents for each of these seasons.
Hunters are reminded that not all counties are open for the remaining firearm seasons. For more details on which counties are open for the Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons, and for other deer hunting regulations information, check the IDNR web site at this link: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/deer.htm 
The table below includes preliminary county harvest totals for the 2009 Illinois Muzzleloader Deer Season and the comparable county harvest totals for 2008.