The restoration of the
wild turkey is one of the greatest success stories in wildlife conservation.
Once completely extirpated in Illinois, wild turkeys now occur in robust
numbers in every county. To rebuild the state’s population, Illinois Department
of Natural Resources (IDNR) conducted trap and release efforts beginning in the
1950s, concluding the program in the early 2000s. Today, the Forest Wildlife
Program at IDNR manages wild turkeys and their habitat to maintain these
There are three
hunting seasons available to wild turkey hunters in Illinois: Spring, Fall
Archery. Click here for
more information on wild turkey hunting in Illinois.
and identification of Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
interesting facts about wild turkey in Illinois.
Buy a Turkey
ICF Pins -
Proceeds go to support IDNR youth programs and events.
If you mistakenly put the wrong information,
applied twice and/or need to cancel an application.
Fill out and print a certificate
to always remember your first turkey hunt.
The Illinois Recreational Access
Program (IRAP) has leased 15,000 acres for turkey hunting from private
landowners in 39 Illinois counties. Apply today.
Find Your Own Harvest
Find your previous turkey or deer harvest reports.
Find summaries for each state-owned property that describes the types
of hunting that are
offered, as well as any special regulations and restrictions that may
be in effect.
Wildlife Action Plan - Forest and Woodland Campaign
Find out how we maintain and enhance the composition of Illinois'
existing forested habitats
and to increase distribution of those habitats in identified priority
areas and statewide with
many conservation partners.
An organization of traditional
bowhunters that represent the interests of Illinois bowhunters while promoting
outdoor ethics and values.
Learn more about how
the NWTF enhances wild turkey populations, hunting and wildlife habitat.