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Illinois 2019 Spring Wild Turkey Preliminary Harvest Totals 15,189 Birds

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Rachel Torbert
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Illinois 2019 Spring Wild Turkey Preliminary Harvest Totals 15,189 Birds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois turkey hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,189 wild turkeys during the 2019 Spring Turkey Season. This year’s total is up compared with the 2018 statewide turkey harvest of 13,494. The statewide preliminary total includes the 2019 Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,364 birds, compared with the 2018 youth harvest of 1,143 turkeys. The statewide record total was set in 2006 when 16,569 turkeys were harvested.

Spring turkey hunting was open in 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties. The 2019 season dates were April 8-May 9 in the South Zone and April 15-May 16 in the North Zone. The Youth Spring Turkey Season was March 30-31 and April 6-7 statewide.

Turkey hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,607 wild turkeys during all season segments in the South Zone, compared with 5,507 last year in the south. The North Zone preliminary harvest total this year was 8,582 wild turkeys, compared with 7,987 in northern counties in 2018.

The top five counties for spring wild turkey harvest in the South Zone in 2019 were Jefferson (480), Randolph (383), Marion (328), Union (310), and Pope (310). The top five North Zone counties for spring turkey harvest this year were Jo Daviess (541), Fulton (402), Pike (381), Hancock (344), and Adams (331).

A table with county preliminary harvest totals for the 2019 Illinois Spring Turkey Season, and 2018 comparable harvest totals, is below.

County 2019 2018
Adams 331 335
Alexander 163 136
Bond 153 115
Boone 66 56
Brown 227 240
Bureau 212 182
Calhoun 201 193
Carroll 179 221
Cass 254 218
Champaign 20 18
Christian 53 38
Clark 179 160
Clay 231 189
Clinton 111 88
Coles 50 33
Crawford 227 177
Cumberland 64 44
DeKalb 12 16
DeWitt 42 37
Douglas 7 3
Edgar 80 64
Edwards 98 86
Effingham 120 102
Fayette 259 216
Ford 9 13
Franklin 183 148
Fulton 402 337
Gallatin-Hardin 224 176
Greene 170 139
Grundy 56 66
Hamilton 227 195
Hancock 344 295
Henderson 142 141
Henry 107 82
Iroquois 80 61
Jackson 295 283
Jasper 136 103
Jefferson 480 355
Jersey 169 164
JoDaviess 541 583
Johnson 220 184
Kane 1 3
Kankakee 51 49
Kendall 17 16
Knox 263 262
Lake 5 6
LaSalle 115 129
Lawrence 128 130
Lee 89 90
Livingston 34 26
Logan 39 40
Macon 36 22
Macoupin 270 223
Madison 220 151
Marion 328 267
Marshall-Putnam 108 98
Mason 182 168
Massac 83 86
McDonough 149 121
McHenry 86 87
McLean 62 72
Menard 98 80
Mercer 234 219
Monroe 141 135
Montgomery 162 142
Morgan 130 122
Moultrie 36 22
Ogle 165 181
Peoria 139 118
Perry 218 216
Piatt 14 9
Pike 381 309
Pope 310 263
Pulaski 107 102
Randolph 383 303
Richland 117 90
Rock Island 203 191
Saline 102 89
Sangamon 124 113
Schuyler 237 253
Scott 101 58
Shelby 118 117
St. Clair 140 112
Stark 13 19
Stephenson 184 185
Tazewell 77 54
Union 310 248
Vermilion 127 123
Wabash 58 37
Warren 61 64
Washington 144 117
Wayne 303 261
White 139 136
Whiteside 162 158
Will 80 67
Williamson 249 211
Winnebago 169 165
Woodford 63 67
Grand Total 15189 13494
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