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Preliminary numbers: Illinois hunters took 145,800 deer during 2014-2015 seasons

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Illinois hunters harvested about 2 percent fewer deer this season compared to last season.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released preliminary totals from all of the state's 2014-2015 deer hunting season. The department says that overall hunters took 145,804 deer for all seasons in 2014-2015. That number was 148,614 during the 2013-2014 seasons.

Here are totals from the 2014-2015 seasons:

Archery: 56,083 deer

Youth: 2,768 deer

Traditional Firearm: 76,729

Muzzleloader: 3,478

Late-Winter and Special CWD: 6,746

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