IL Spring Wild Turkey Season Harvest Totals

Lifestyle
May 23, 2016
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,484 wild turkeys during the 2016 Spring Turkey Season, including the youth seasons.  The 2016 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,000 in 2015.  The statewide preliminary total includes Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,045 birds, compared with youth season harvest of 896 turkeys in 2015.
Spring turkey hunting was open in 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties.  The 2016 seasons were April 4-May 5 in the South Zone and April 11-May 12 in the North Zone.  The Youth Spring Turkey Season was March 26-27 in the South Zone and April 2-3 in the North Zone.
Turkey hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,694 wild turkeys during all season segments in the South Zone, a slight increase over the harvest of 6,387 last year in the south.  The North Zone preliminary harvest total of 8,790 wild turkeys was also higher than the 2015 total of 8,613 in the north.
“This is the second consecutive year of improved harvest numbers in Illinois,” said IDNR Forest Wildlife Biologist Paul Shelton.  “The 2014 spring season marked a low point in recent turkey harvest after a number of consecutive years of poor reproduction, particularly in the North Zone.  We’re encouraged to see that harvest numbers are rebounding – numbers in the North Zone were almost 20 percent higher than in 2014.  Harvest in west-central Illinois, which seems to have been most affected by poor reproduction in recent years, was about 30 percent higher than 2014 figures.”
The top counties for spring wild turkey harvest in the South Zone in 2016 were Jefferson (420), Marion (380), Randolph (372), Pope (356), and Union (354).  The top five North Zone counties for spring turkey harvest this year were Jo Daviess (568), Fulton (446), Pike (393), Adams (389), and Schuyler (360).
The table below includes the preliminary 2016 county-by-county spring turkey harvest results with comparable totals for 2015.
Illinois Spring Turkey Harvest – Preliminary Results
County
2016
2015
Adams
389
389
Alexander
134
143
Bond
135
159
Boone
76
74
Brown
357
319
Bureau
157
171
Calhoun
210
201
Carroll
195
184
Cass
213
257
Champaign
22
26
Christian
41
52
Clark
158
170
Clay
210
165
Clinton
86
101
Coles
39
26
Crawford
166
135
Cumberland
54
59
DeKalb
21
13
DeWitt
45
52
Douglas
6
5
Edgar
85
83
Edwards
96
109
Effingham
86
109
Fayette
233
224
Ford
10
12
Franklin
152
187
Fulton
446
401
Gallatin
129
120
Greene
157
165
Grundy
56
49
Hamilton
234
223
Hancock
325
259
Hardin
145
159
Henderson
139
144
Henry
82
93
Iroquois
60
63
Jackson
313
280
Jasper
131
128
Jefferson
420
433
Jersey
187
184
JoDaviess
568
601
Johnson
278
260
Kane
2
1
Kankakee
34
36
Kendall
15
18
Knox
267
246
Lake
1
3
LaSalle
137
115
Lawrence
117
110
Lee
100
96
Livingston
19
24
Logan
37
40
Macon
27
25
Macoupin
303
328
Madison
241
246
Marion
380
333
Marshall
69
69
Mason
141
143
Massac
103
99
McDonough
137
139
McHenry
62
68
McLean
63
54
Menard
105
114
Mercer
192
178
Monroe
169
162
Montgomery
175
183
Morgan
147
210
Moultrie
24
21
Ogle
189
191
Peoria
153
142
Perry
233
221
Piatt
10
7
Pike
393
341
Pope
356
366
Pulaski
95
81
Putnam
37
46
Randolph
372
300
Richland
106
116
Rock Island
191
186
Saline
125
143
Sangamon
110
106
Schuyler
360
306
Scott
73
65
Shelby
117
95
St. Clair
140
112
Stark
6
5
Stephenson
231
255
Tazewell
65
70
Union
354
312
Vermilion
136
119
Wabash
48
49
Warren
75
66
Washington
149
131
Wayne
297
271
White
153
120
Whiteside
160
152
Will
51
53
Williamson
308
280
Winnebago
175
164
Woodford
103
81
Total
15484
15000

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