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Illinois joined the list of Midwestern states bumping nonresident deer tag fees, raising the price to $200 for a firearm tag and $226 for an archery tag (plus the cost of a hunting license.) Biologist Paul Shelton says west-central counties continue to produce trophy bucks, but “big deer live across the state,” he adds. “Hunters will find less pressure in less popular areas.”

Contact: IDNR (217-782-6384; www.dnr.state.il.us).

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