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Fewer permits were issued this year for the fall shotgun turkey season. Photos by Chris Young.

Fall shotgun turkey season numbers off 11 percent

November 16, 2011 at 02:05 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

From Paul Brewer, Illinois Department of Natural Resources wild turkey project manager:

The nine-day fall firearm wild turkey season (Oct. 22-30) concluded with a preliminary harvest of 638 birds, down 11 percent from last year’s preliminary harvest figure of 716. 

This continues a long term trend in both declining harvest and participation in fall turkey hunting, with many hunters choosing to concentrate on archery deer hunting during this time period. 

The number of permits allocated this year was approximately 14 percent fewer than in the previous year.

Six new counties were opened for fall firearm hunting this year, with a preliminary total of 40 wild turkeys being harvested in these six counties (Clay-5, Franklin-11, Hamilton-13, Menard-5, Washington-2, and White-4).

The top 5 counties for firearm wild turkey harvest were JoDaviess (53), Jefferson (44), Wayne(42), Marion (35) and Pope (32). 

County-by-county results:

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well i would have went if i would have known that permits were due on a certain date, by the time i realized it was coming up ,it was to late to send it in .first time i ever missed the fall season since its start!thanks go to mr quinn for our dnr not being able to notify us by mail like they have for many years being were broke,i wont miss another one though!!

Posted by trolloni on 11/16 at 08:29 PM

If you hunted every fall turkey shotgun season,then you would have known that the season was coming up.You would have applied the same time every year.They sent out a e-mail too.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/17 at 07:50 AM

nope no email and no they have moved application dates up and due dates also you can apply right now for spring permits which is also earlier than years past!and yes i have hunted every fall season and yes i kill turkeys every fall except this one hopefully ill get one with the bow !

Posted by trolloni on 11/17 at 08:09 PM

It’s been this way for some time now,sring and fall.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/18 at 07:45 AM

itsa joke! cant i blame someone else? the liberals get away with it !by the way a nice lady just called me and said her husband opened his deer permits today and guess what?they sent him mine![who lives in another town and county !]  ,after i sent for another and got one at the last minute plus i bought another over the counter which was allright but our state was out of em for my county luckily i have a spot to go to in the neihboring county!68 dollars later i get to go hunting ![i think???]like i said im not seeing much improvement with all this extra money the dnr is taking from us !

Posted by trolloni on 11/18 at 08:22 PM

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