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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2012 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
 
 
Illinois Youth Wild Turkey Season Harvest is a New Record 
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Young hunters in the Illinois youth wild turkey season harvested a preliminary record of 1,300 birds, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  The 2012 season dates were March 31 and April 1 for the south zone and April 7-8 for the north zone. The record harvest surpasses the previous record for the youth turkey harvest of 748 set in 2011.  This year, 4,100 youth turkey permits were issued, including 137 for special hunt areas, compared to 3,718 last year with 131 for special hunt areas. 

“Excellent hunting weather this year during both weekends was a very important reason for the record harvest,” said Paul Brewer, IDNR Wild Turkey Project Manager.  “A wet spring in 2011 once again contributed to below-average turkey reproduction in many areas, but a good mast crop and a very mild winter were working in favor of late spring broods.”

The columns below show preliminary harvest figures for both the north and the south zones by county, with harvest figures from 2011 and 2012.


North Zone Co. 2011 Total 2012 Total
Adams 21 36
Boone 6 10
Brown 12 13
Bureau 8 11
Calhoun 23 19
Carroll 6 11
Cass 23 19
Champaign 1 1
Christian 5 4
Clark 6 15
Coles 1 3
Cumberland 4 5
DeKalb 2 0
DeWitt 2 6
Edgar 6 10
Fulton 27 28
Greene 16 18
Grundy 1 2
Hancock 11 13
Henderson 6 11
Henry 1 6
Iroquois 1 7
Jersey 12 18
JoDaviess 16 33
Kankakee 1 3
Kendall 2 1
Knox 10 18
LaSalle 5 6
Lee 6 4
Livingston 2 1
Logan 0 2
Macon 2 1
Macoupin 21 35
Marshall 2 6
Mason 10 26
McDonough 5 8
McHenry 2 2
McLean 2 9
Menard 10 9
Mercer 8 19
Montgomery 9 21
Morgan 4 17
Moultrie 0 3
Ogle 11 17
Peoria 13 16
Pike 31 37
Putnam 1 2
Rock Island 8 15
Sangamon 4 6
Schuyler 13 14
Scott 6 3
Shelby 1 3
Stark 0 1
Stephenson 9 18
Tazewell 0 8
Vermilion 6 13
Warren 5 6
Whiteside 12 13
Will 2 4
Winnebago 12 12
Woodford 7 9
TOTAL 459 687

South Zone Co. 2011 Total 2012 Total
Alexander 3 3
Bond 3 20
Clay 7 12
Clinton 5 10
Crawford 0 14
Edwards 2 4
Effingham 7 16
Fayette 12 37
Franklin 7 22
Gallatin 6 11
Hamilton 13 22
Hardin 10 12
Jackson 9 38
Jasper 7 11
Jefferson 20 47
Johnson 13 17
Lawrence 1 2
Madison 9 16
Marion 16 32
Massac 10 10
Monroe 3 16
Perry 12 11
Pope 6 25
Pulaski 4 12
Randolph 19 29
Richland 2 7
Saline 7 22
St. Clair 4 18
Union 13 27
Wabash 1 4
Washington 6 9
Wayne 19 25
White 12 15
Williamson 21 37
TOTAL 289 613

Statewide total in 2011:  748
Statewide total in 2012:  1,300

For more information on wild turkey hunting in Illinois, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey