For thousands of years, Native Americans relied on deer for food, clothing, shelter, and tools. Mississippian Indian hunters of 1,000 years ago reduced numbers of deer near their large towns. Hunting pressure on deer herds remained local, and they were abundant in the state through the early 1800s. However, commercial hunting nearly eliminated white-tailed deer in Illinois by the late 1800s.
Deer were restocked in the state in the 1930s. Hunting laws and successful management have again given us large numbers of deer. In fact, there are too many deer in some parts of Illinois. The deer's comeback is testimony to the adaptability and vitality of this animal.
The standing white-tailed deer in this diorama is one of the oldest deer mounts on display in Illinois.