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Fall turkey harvest declines again

November 04, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Apply for permits

Illinois resident hunters may now apply for the first lottery for 2010 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online through DNR Direct.

Click here to apply. The application deadline for the first lottery for 2010 resident spring turkey permits is Dec. 1, 2009.

 

For whatever reason, Illinois hunters just are not all that fired up about hunting turkeys in the fall.

Illinois nine-day fall firearm turkey season ended Nov. 1 with a preliminary harvest total of 756 turkeys, continuing a decline in hunter participation and harvest. 

Comparable totals from previous years were 878 (2008), 1,161 (2007), 1,189 (2006) and 1,201 (2005). 

The DNR issued 9,180 permits for the 2009 fall firearm turkey season, including landowner permits. The total number of permits issued for the fall firearm turkey season peaked in 2003, with 11,509 permits issued.The record harvest season was in 2000, with a harvest of 1,715.

Top five counties were JoDaviess (64), Jefferson (52), Wayne (44), Marion (42), and Union (34). 

Forty-five counties were open to the fall firearm season. Below is a complete list of harvest by county.

2009_Fall_Turkey_Harvest.pdf

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the last two years i got a fall permit and never used them the reason for me is that i have to hunt state ground and with deer hunters out it seems i see more of them then i do turkeys i just end up ruining their hunt

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/04 at 11:26 AM

Maybe the hunting license increases will help increase hunter participation.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/04 at 03:49 PM

cougs must you post everywhere whining about the increase, for heavens sake get a job and get over it, i see you have no issue paying 500 dollars a year for internet but are too cheap to pay a few more bucks to hunt…shame

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/05 at 12:16 AM

john don’t make assumptions about people, for some its going to be a lot more than a few more dollars and yes these increases can hurt those that work.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/05 at 01:09 AM

then get a second job and stop making excuses…and its not an asssumption its a fact if you can afford your internet then you can afford hunting.. i dont see people making senseless whining posts when internet bills go up. if you arent making enough that a few dollars hurts your hunting of fishing get a better or 2nd job and stop making excuses. Coug all you do is post crap bout the increase of the fees even if it isnt the topic, the topic of this article is how its hard to get a turkey and the fees have nothing to do with it…grow up dude

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/05 at 04:17 AM

Maybe the IDNR should move the dates of the hunt. The last week of October is too good of a bowhunting week to spend chasing turkeys.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/05 at 08:49 AM

One week is way too short. Iowa’s season runs from Oct. 12 to Dec. 4 for firearm season and is open to residents only. I got a fall permit this year for the first time because the place we duck hunt we always saw turkeys walking through the field behind our blind, but this year the corn hasn’t been harvested yet and I never once heard a turkey. Make the season longer and maybe more people would be interested.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/05 at 11:17 AM

I’ve enjoyed hunting the Fall Firearm Turkey season for years and still haven’t bagged one. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t have harvested one though as I’d rather shoot a Tom than a Hen.  This past Sun I had 10 hens right in front of my blind, but I didn’t shoot in the hope that the same three Toms that I watched on Sat join this group might show up.  Yes it is hard to put down the bow for a few days, especially during the pre-rut period.  I guess it just comes down to the love of Turkey Hunting.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/05 at 03:39 PM

Two words-  STANDING CORN.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/06 at 10:57 AM

Johnh - what’s a few more dollars, right?  When it buys you nothing more (in this case, it actually buys you less), then it is a shame.  It’s the principle of it all.  I guess when you pulled into the gas stations a year ago or so and saw the price of gas at $4.00+, that you just shrugged your shoulders, filled up with gas and said “why’s everyone whining, it’s just a few more dollars”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/06 at 08:27 PM

actually no gilly i went and bought a hybrid vehicle instead of whining about it./

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/07 at 01:46 PM

well if they cant budget there money to fit the first hike in fees in 30 years then yeah get a second job.. i have no job now and can afford it…90 percent of the people whining can afford it there just doing there normal “government sucks” rant. if its so horrible then move and see how you people like it elsewhere.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/07 at 11:49 PM

If the truth was known, most turkeys killed in the Fall in Illinois are killed by opportunistic deer hunters, duck hunters, and others that happen to be in the right place at the right time.  The art of Fall turkey hunting is “busting” up a flock of turkeys, scattering them to the four winds, and spending the rest of the hunt calling them back into (bow) range, one and two at a time.  An art made a lot easier now with the advent of the pop-up blind.  An art, if practiced on public land the week of shotgun turkey season in Ill. on any public land in Illinois, would guarantee to get you yelled at or shot at by most archery deer hunters.  One might come to the conclusion that public land might be becoming a bit crowded for everyone to practice their overlapping sports.  Not complaining or whining….just stating the facts.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/13 at 09:08 PM

I don’t see the fee hike as much of a problem as the acsses problem.Everything is leased up for deer.paying a few extra bucks to hunt is not as bad as driving three hours to drive to hunt a place with deer hunters all over it.As for john have you seen the job market. Don’t set here and say get another job, jobs are lot harder to come by now compared to 20 years ago.Easy to say when your retired already.Congrats to you on that, you are one of the few.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/14 at 08:32 AM

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