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 7-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.