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Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season Harvest Totals 15,484 Birds

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Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season Harvest Totals 15,484 Birds
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,484 wild turkeys during the 2016 Spring Turkey Season, including the youth seasons.  The 2016 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,000 in 2015.  The statewide preliminary total includes Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,045 birds, compared with youth season harvest of 896 turkeys in 2015.

Spring turkey hunting was open in 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties.  The 2016 seasons were April 4-May 5 in the South Zone and April 11-May 12 in the North Zone.  The Youth Spring Turkey Season was March 26-27 in the South Zone and April 2-3 in the North Zone.

Turkey hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,694 wild turkeys during all season segments in the South Zone, a slight increase over the harvest of 6,387 last year in the south.  The North Zone preliminary harvest total of 8,790 wild turkeys was also higher than the 2015 total of 8,613 in the north.

“This is the second consecutive year of improved harvest numbers in Illinois,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Biologist Paul Shelton.  “The 2014 spring season marked a low point in recent turkey harvest after a number of consecutive years of poor reproduction, particularly in the North Zone.  We’re encouraged to see that harvest numbers are rebounding – numbers in the North Zone were almost 20 percent higher than in 2014.  Harvest in west-central Illinois, which seems to have been most affected by poor reproduction in recent years, was about 30 percent higher than 2014 figures.”

The top counties for spring wild turkey harvest in the South Zone in 2016 were Jefferson (420), Marion (380), Randolph (372), Pope (356), and Union (354).  The top five North Zone counties for spring turkey harvest this year were Jo Daviess (568), Fulton (446), Pike (393), Adams (389), and Schuyler (360).

The table below includes the preliminary 2016 county-by-county spring turkey harvest results with comparable totals for 2015.

Illinois Spring Turkey Harvest - Preliminary Results
County 2016 2015
Adams 389 389
Alexander 134 143
Bond 135 159
Boone 76 74
Brown 357 319
Bureau 157 171
Calhoun 210 201
Carroll 195 184
Cass 213 257
Champaign 22 26
Christian 41 52
Clark 158 170
Clay 210 165
Clinton 86 101
Coles 39 26
Crawford 166 135
Cumberland 54 59
DeKalb 21 13
DeWitt 45 52
Douglas 6 5
Edgar 85 83
Edwards 96 109
Effingham 86 109
Fayette 233 224
Ford 10 12
Franklin 152 187
Fulton 446 401
Gallatin 129 120
Greene 157 165
Grundy 56 49
Hamilton 234 223
Hancock 325 259
Hardin 145 159
Henderson 139 144
Henry 82 93
Iroquois 60 63
Jackson 313 280
Jasper 131 128
Jefferson 420 433
Jersey 187 184
JoDaviess 568 601
Johnson 278 260
Kane 2 1
Kankakee 34 36
Kendall 15 18
Knox 267 246
Lake 1 3
LaSalle 137 115
Lawrence 117 110
Lee 100 96
Livingston 19 24
Logan 37 40
Macon 27 25
Macoupin 303 328
Madison 241 246
Marion 380 333
Marshall 69 69
Mason 141 143
Massac 103 99
McDonough 137 139
McHenry 62 68
McLean 63 54
Menard 105 114
Mercer 192 178
Monroe 169 162
Montgomery 175 183
Morgan 147 210
Moultrie 24 21
Ogle 189 191
Peoria 153 142
Perry 233 221
Piatt 10 7
Pike 393 341
Pope 356 366
Pulaski 95 81
Putnam 37 46
Randolph 372 300
Richland 106 116
Rock Island 191 186
Saline 125 143
Sangamon 110 106
Schuyler 360 306
Scott 73 65
Shelby 117 95
St. Clair 140 112
Stark 6 5
Stephenson 231 255
Tazewell 65 70
Union 354 312
Vermilion 136 119
Wabash 48 49
Warren 75 66
Washington 149 131
Wayne 297 271
White 153 120
Whiteside 160 152
Will 51 53
Williamson 308 280
Winnebago 175 164
Woodford 103 81
Total 15484 15000
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