Turkey season opens with a bang, harvest nears 2,000
Major League Baseball may be celebrating its season openers, but Illinois turkey hunters appear to be more consumed with kicking off a successful campaign of their own.
The south zone regular season opened today and, thanks to the extra two days added to the Illinois youth hunt this year, numbers have been good.
As the clock hit 1 p.m. – the end of legal hunting hours – hunters had taken right at 400 birds, though that number is likely to climb once hunters are all back home and take the time to register their harvest.
Meanwhile, the more than 1,500 turkeys taken the past two weekends by youth hunters has put the total at 1,949 – a good start toward topping last year’s spring total of 15,490.
As mentioned, youth hunters were allowed to hunt two weekends this year, and they made the most of it. The four days of hunting resulted in harvests of 383, 391, 420 and 345 birds.
North zone hunters open the season next Monday. In the meantime, check back for an update on the south zone spring turkey opener.