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South Zone hunters John Bunnell, Christopher Austin and Scott Austin (from left to right) all shot gobblers on the last day of hunting in the South Zone. The birds were shot about two hours apart within a quarter mile of each other. Writes Bunnell, “We could not have ended the season any better than this.”

Illinois turkey harvest 15,488

May 18, 2009 at 02:10 PM

Illinois turkey hunters shot 15,488 turkeys during the 2009 season, down slightly from last year’s 15,792.

South Zone hunters shot 6,353 bearded birds compared to 6,287 in 2008. The top five South Zone counties were: 1. Jefferson 363, 2. Randolph 352, 3. Pope 332, 4. Marion 329, 5. Wayne 325.

North Zone hunters shot 9,135 birds, down from 9,505 in 2008. The top five North Zone counties were: 1. JoDaviess 612, 2. Pike 549, 3. Adams 421, 4. Fulton 417, 5. Macoupin 351.

The all-time Illinois record turkey harvest was in 2006, when hunters shot 16,605 bearded birds—10,075 in the North Zone and 6,530 in the South Zone.

“Given the poor turkey reproduction during the past few years, and wet weather through much of the spring, our turkey harvest totals are expected,” said Paul Shelton, forest wildlife program manager. “Our statewide total of 15,488 compares pretty well with the average of 15,625 for the previous five years.”

Here are county-by-county totals.

Preliminary Spring Turkey Harvest Results

County 2008 2009
Adams 507 421
Alexander 135 136
Bond 150 157
Boone 53 54
Brown 310 279
Bureau 140 139
Calhoun 377 341
Carroll 208 240
Cass 289 258
Champaign 17 21
Christian 48 33
Clark 188 168
Clay 230 203
Clinton 111 121
Coles 36 31
Crawford 170 175
Cumberland 68 68
DeKalb 13 14
DeWitt 52 39
Edgar 77 71
Edwards 82 85
Effingham 100 84
Fayette 187 172
Franklin 145 157
Fulton 415 417
Gallatin 109 105
Greene 305 273
Grundy 33 44
Hamilton 171 163
Hancock 321 320
Hardin 169 161
Henderson 186 156
Henry 51 61
Iroquois 40 39
Jackson 287 280
Jasper 166 142
Jefferson 299 363
Jersey 266 230
JoDaviess 568 612
Johnson 213 237
Kankakee 27 20
Kendall 14 17
Knox 262 238
LaSalle 136 138
Lawrence 130 122
Lee 89 95
Livingston 16 19
Logan 41 45
Macon 26 23
Macoupin 399 351
Madison 294 260
Marion 347 329
Marshall 95 93
Mason 182 199
Massac 79 71
McDonough 122 124
McHenry 24 31
McLean 54 61
Menard 126 111
Mercer 165 181
Monroe 172 158
Montgomery 173 163
Morgan 257 200
Moultrie 33 20
Ogle 149 173
Peoria 182 196
Perry 235 208
Piatt 16 12
Pike 552 549
Pope 329 332
Pulaski 109 106
Putnam 39 39
Randolph 344 352
Richland 116 127
Rock Island 219 195
Saline 112 123
Sangamon 110 97
Schuyler 365 335
Scott 114 116
Shelby 47 53
St. Clair 168 164
Stark 11 13
Stephenson 174 194
Tazewell 42 65
Union 278 296
Vermilion 142 110
Wabash 46 40
Warren 73 66
Washington 145 192
Wayne 303 325
White 122 135
Whiteside 160 177
Will 66 53
Williamson 234 272
Winnebago 146 159
Woodford 85 74

 

 

 

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Once again, there was too much standing corn.  Birds were hiding in it.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/18 at 03:36 PM

Here in Woodford County we need an antler only turkey season.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/19 at 10:49 AM

we do have a late season winter hen season (fall turkey season) and for bow hunters that runs from Oct 1 till mid January. Gun only hunters only get the 1 week. The season exists the participation is optional.
My question is does anyone know where I kind find the # of spring tags DNR issues by county and season? I would like to see the permit to turkeys taken ratio. I know the county I hunt in is crawling with birds but I believe minimal permits are issued. Maybe reviewing the permits to birds is due to be revamped or at least re-examined

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