New numbers show Illinois hunters killed fewer deer this year compared to last year.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said more than 97,000 deer were killed statewide this season. That's about a thousand fewer deer than in 2010.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson, Tim Schweizer, said hunters are the most important component in keeping the deer herd size under control.
"What [these] numbers tells us is that hunters have done their job. They've been out taking enough deer that if we have a harvest in that range we can keep the statewide deer population under control," Schweizer said.
He also said archery season continues until January 15.