Illinois Department of Natural Resources  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2010  

Hunters Bag 16,565 Birds During 2010 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season

Harvest up over 2009 totals

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Hunters in Illinois bagged a preliminary statewide total of 16,565 wild turkeys during the 2010 Spring Turkey Season.

The 2010 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,490 in 2009.  Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006. 

Hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,916 wild turkeys during all seasons in the South Zone, an increase from the harvest of 6,353 last year in the south.  The North Zone total of 9,649 wild turkeys compares with last year’s total of 9,137 in the north.  Harvests during the 2006 record year were 6,530 in the south and 10,075 in the north.  All results include harvest during the Youth Turkey Seasons.

“Weather was exceptionally cooperative during the first several seasons, particularly in the South Zone,” said Paul Shelton, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “Hunters were on record pace until the very last season in the North Zone, when several days of morning thunderstorms slowed things down a bit.  In spite of poor reproduction during the past several years, Illinois’ turkey population has remained strong.  Weather during the next several weeks will be an important factor affecting nesting success; perhaps this will be the year that puts us over the top.” 

The top five counties for turkey harvest in the South Zone this spring were:  Pope (397), Jefferson (396), Union (356), Marion (353), and Randolph (351).

The top five counties for spring turkey harvest in the North Zone this year were:  JoDaviess (628), Pike (527), Fulton (455), Adams (406), and Schuyler (348).

The 2010 spring turkey seasons were conducted April 5-May 6 in the South Zone and April 12-May 13 in the North Zone, with the youth seasons on Mar. 27-28 in the South Zone and April 3-4 in the North Zone.

The table below includes the preliminary 2010 county-by-county spring turkey harvest results and comparable totals for 2009.

County

2009

2010

Adams

421

406

Alexander

136

142

Bond

157

179

Boone

54

50

Brown

279

270

Bureau

140

172

Calhoun

341

289

Carroll

240

229

Cass

258

292

Champaign

21

24

Christian

33

49

Clark

168

161

Clay

203

206

Clinton

121

121

Coles

31

30

Crawford

175

143

Cumberland

68

67

DeKalb

14

15

DeWitt

39

44

Edgar

71

98

Edwards

85

90

Effingham

84

93

Fayette

172

208

Franklin

157

175

Fulton

417

455

Gallatin

105

134

Greene

273

257

Grundy

44

58

Hamilton

163

230

Hancock

320

330

Hardin

161

168

Henderson

156

154

Henry

61

61

Iroquois

39

58

Jackson

280

298

Jasper

142

146

Jefferson

363

396

Jersey

230

245

JoDaviess

612

628

Johnson

237

298

Kankakee

20

38

Kendall

17

30

Knox

238

286

LaSalle

138

181

Lawrence

122

141

Lee

95

104

Livingston

19

17

Logan

45

47

Macon

23

17

Macoupin

351

346

Madison

260

291

Marion

329

353

Marshall

93

94

Mason

199

197

Massac

71

89

McDonough

124

132

McHenry

31

37

McLean

61

63

Menard

111

114

Mercer

181

192

Monroe

158

169

Montgomery

163

212

Morgan

200

225

Moultrie

20

22

Ogle

173

197

Peoria

196

201

Perry

208

233

Piatt

12

10

Pike

549

527

Pope

332

397

Pulaski

106

144

Putnam

39

60

Randolph

352

351

Richland

127

108

Rock Island

195

221

Saline

123

132

Sangamon

97

101

Schuyler

336

348

Scott

116

105

Shelby

53

66

St. Clair

164

160

Stark

13

15

Stephenson

194

181

Tazewell

65

86

Union

296

356

Vermilion

110

173

Wabash

40

36

Warren

66

65

Washington

192

166

Wayne

325

339

White

135

132

Whiteside

177

186

Will

53

57

Williamson

272

292

Winnebago

159

160

Woodford

74

91