Doe Is Me: Hunters Slay Close to 200,000 Deer

201, 301 met their end in 2005-06

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    Valley Forge National Park officials are planning to shoot 86 percent of the park's deer population in the next four years

    Oh, dear: that's a lot of deer.

    Official numbers aren't in yet, but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that Illinois hunters killed nearly 200,000 deer in the latest deer hunting season.

    The preliminary deer-hunting total of 189,277 deer for the 2009-2010 season compares with a similar total of 188,901 for the 2008-2009 period.

    The agency says hunters took 50.5 percent does and 49.5 percent males in the latest harvest.

    Illinois' record deer harvest occurred in 2005-2006 season, when 201,301 deer were taken.