Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Harvest Totals 15,792

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Second Largest Harvest for Illinois Turkey Season

SPRINGFIELD , IL – Hunters in Illinois bagged a preliminary statewide total of 15,792 wild turkeys during the 2008 Spring Turkey Season, the second-largest spring turkey harvest ever in the state. 

Hunters harvested a statewide preliminary total of 15,159 wild turkeys during the regular seasons conducted April 7-May 8 in the South Zone and April 14-May 15 in the North Zone.  An additional 633 turkeys were harvested during the Youth Turkey Seasons conducted March 29-30 in the south and April 5-6 in the north.

“We are very pleased with this year’s spring turkey harvest,” said Paul Shelton, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “The South Zone started out slowly in cool, rainy weather, but improved over the course of the seasons and finished with the largest fifth-season harvest ever.  In the North Zone, conditions were generally favorable for turkey hunting, although cool weather and heavy rain on the final Sunday during the fifth season dampened results slightly.”

This spring’s preliminary wild turkey harvest in the South Zone was 6,287, compared with 6,125 last year.  In the North Zone, the preliminary wild turkey harvest was 9,505, compared with 8,641 last year.  The total statewide spring turkey harvest in 2007 was 14,766.  Illinois ’ largest spring turkey harvest was the statewide total of 16,605 in 2006.  Hunters in Illinois took 15,422 turkeys during the spring of 2005 and 15,538 in 2004.

The top five South Zone counties for spring turkey harvest in 2008 were Marion (347), Randolph (344), Pope (329), Wayne (303), and Jefferson (299).

The top five counties in the North Zone for spring turkey harvest in 2008 were Jo Daviess (568), Pike (552), Adams (507), Fulton (415), and Macoupin (399).   

The table below includes the preliminary 2008 county-by-county spring turkey harvest results and comparable totals for 2007.

NORTH ZONE

 

 

 

SOUTH ZONE

 

 

County

2007

2008

 

County

2007

2008

Adams

456

507

  Alexander

107

135

Boone

41

53

  Bond

144

150

Brown

307

310

  Clay

213

230

Bureau

103

140

  Clinton

115

111

Calhoun

335

377

  Crawford

169

170

Carroll

179

208

  Edwards

70

82

Cass

269

289

  Effingham

86

100

Champaign

17

17

  Fayette

177

187

Christian

42

48

  Franklin

128

145

Clark

156

188

  Gallatin

100

109

Coles

27

36

  Hamilton

168

171

Cumberland

53

68

  Hardin

141

169

DeKalb

10

13

  Jackson

245

287

DeWitt

54

52

  Jasper

189

166

Edgar

76

77

  Jefferson

336

299

Fulton

386

415

  Johnson

227

213

Greene

304

305

  Lawrence

159

130

Grundy

33

33

  Madison

296

294

Hancock

296

321

  Marion

343

347

Henderson

173

186

  Massac

81

79

Henry

37

51

  Monroe

206

172

Iroquois

38

40

  Perry

213

235

Jersey

238

266

  Pope

322

329

JoDaviess

542

568

  Pulaski

81

109

Kankakee

26

27

  Randolph

335

344

Kendall

23

14

  Richland

122

116

Knox

224

262

  Saline

95

112

LaSalle

110

136

  St. Clair

168

168

Lee

76

89

  Union

269

278

Livingston

6

16

  Wabash

39

46

Logan

25

41

  Washington

169

145

Macon

16

26

  Wayne

259

303

Macoupin

400

399

       
Marshall

89

95

       
Mason

178

182

       
McDonough

130

122

       
McHenry

28

24

       
McLean

36

54

       
Menard

97

126

       
Mercer

172

165

       
Montgomery

144

173

       
Morgan

207

257

       
Moultrie

22

33

       
Ogle

145

149

       
Peoria

155

182

       
Piatt

13

16

       
Pike

528

552

       
Putnam

39

39

       
Rock Island

165

219

       
Sangamon

90

110

       
Schuyler

337

365

       
Scott

128

114

       
Shelby

61

47

       
Stark

10

11

       
Stephenson

173

174

       
Tazewell

44

42

       
Vermilion

117

142

       
Warren

56

73

       
Whiteside

139

160

       
Will

56

66

       
Winnebago

132

146

       
Woodford

68

85