Illinois turkey totals still strong
Turkey hunting continues on a good clip in Illinois.
South Zone hunters remain on a record pace after three seasons, having shot 4,382 turkeys, compared to last year’s harvest of 3,640 at the same time. That includes the big 23-pound, 8-ounce gobbler pictured above. Bob Creel of Belleville shot this St. Clair County bird in the third season. The tom had a 11.25-inch beard and spurs of 1 3/8 and 1 1/8 inches.
The previous high after three seasons was 3,956 during 2006. Individual season harvests to date are 1,637 (first season), 1,497 (second season), and 1,248 (third season).
Top five counties are Pope (251), Jefferson (247), Union (234), Jackson (214), and Randolph (214). Here’s a complete accounting:
North Zone results are not record-setting but are better than last year. Through two seasons North Zone hunters have harvested 4,950 birds (including the Knox County gobbler pictured above and shot by Steve Cicciarelli of Peoria), compared to last year’s total of 4,135. Previous high for the same time period was in 2006, when 4,827 birds were harvested.
Hunters took 2,752 turkeys during first season, and 2,198 during second season.
Top five counties are JoDaviess (340), Pike (272), Fulton (230), Adams (219), and Schuyler (191).
Here are complete county-by-county results.