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Illinois hunting and fishing

Turkey hunters on record pace

April 19, 2010 at 08:08 AM

Illinois turkey hunters continue on a record pace through two seasons in the South Zone and have also enjoyed a strong start in the North Zone.

North Zone hunters shot 2,752 bearded birds during the first season, which ended April 16. That’s the highest first season since 2002 (2,864 birds) and is well ahead of last year’s 2,248 birds.

Successful North Zone hunters included the Bethalto father-son duo of Allan Journey and his son Jeremy, 19 (pictured above). Hunting in Greene County on opening day, the pair both bagged birds, the first time that has happened on an opener. Jeremy’s gobbler weighed 24.5 pounds, had a 10-inch beard and 1 1/8-inch spurs. Allan shot an 18-pound jake.

Top five counties are 1. JoDaviess (197), 2. Pike (158), 3. Fulton (139), 4. Adams (127), 5. Schuyler (105). Here are county-by-county totals: N._Zone_turkeys_4-16-10_.pdf.

South Zone hunters shot 1,497 birds in the second season that ended April 15 and have bagged 3,134 birds overall. That’s a record total, far surpassing the 2,823 birds in 2006. Last year through this time hunters had shot 2,693 birds in the South Zone.

Top five counties to date are 1. Pope (188), 2. Jefferson (177), 3. Randolph (169), 4. Union (166), 5. Jackson (162). Here are county-by-county totals: S._Zone_turkeys_4-16-10_.pdf.


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Had some great action in on Saturday with my 10 year old.  Got birds to gobble immediatly and set up, then a quick move and wasn’t long we had four longbeards in and his gun went BOOM and all birds exited unscaved.  We had a great laugh and as we were leaving we found a great shed so our day wasn’t a complete loss.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/19 at 02:12 PM

Called yesterday and day before and never heard a gobble.  I came out of the woods and up to the house.  There he was easting lawn bugs.  I could have shot him from the porch!  There is always tomorrow.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/19 at 06:08 PM

Hunted public land 1st season in north zone.  Weather was awesome and birds were everywhere.  Couldn’t get it done the first day(hens were killing me).  On the second day had a coyote booger me at flydown time so picked up and tried for the run and gun.  At 8:00am actually had 2 toms fly across the river to get to me! Shot the first one to poke his head up over the river bank.  22lbs, inch and a half spurs and 10in beard.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/19 at 07:57 PM

Saturday I busted a hen off her nest while shrooming.  Left the area so she could come back.  Hunted turkeys Sunday morning.  All my neighbors had gobblers making a ton of noise, but non on my property.  At about 7:45am a single hen ran across a cut corn field from my neighbor’s woods to mine.  My guess is that it was the same hen from Saturday going to her nest again.  Is that normal?  A hen roosting a 1//4 mile or so from her nest?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/19 at 09:55 PM

well I guess things work in funny ways.  My son missed a big tom on Saturday and today he shot a bearded hen with a 7 inch beard.  He was so excited as his first bird was a double bearded gobbler and he now adds a bearded hen to his memories.  My taxidermist bill just got higher again.

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