Weather dampens turkey harvest

April 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Spring wild turkey hunting season updates for April 25

From Paul Brewer, wild turkey progject manger, Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Rainy, cool, and in some area stormy weather continues to slow harvest this year.

South Zone:

The South Zone third season concluded April 20, with a total harvest of 1,082 birds, bringing the harvest after three seasons to 4,125. 

Last year’s comparable harvest was 4,382, which is the harvest record for the South Zone through three seasons. 

The top five counties to date are Jefferson (255), Pope (247), Union (220), Jackson (208), and Randolph (206). 

North Zone:

Hunters harvested 1,860 turkeys in the North Zone’s second season that ended April 21, bringing the harvest after two seasons to 4,287. 

Last year’s comparable harvest was 4,948, which is the North Zone harvest record through two seasons. 

The top five counties are JoDaviess (301), Pike (274), Adams (230),  Fulton (223), and Calhoun (172). 

Preliminary county harvest results are copied below.

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