Through Dec. 4, Illinois archery turkey hunters harvested a preliminary total of 604 turkeys, compared to 435 during the same period in 2016. The top county harvest totals through Dec. 4 were Jefferson (22), Fulton (20), Cass (19), Rock Island…
Harvest down slightly this year, but fall gun turkey hunting open in only 56 of Illinois' 102 counties.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 2893, which amended the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois.
Move to Peoria Civic Center more than doubles exhibitor space from the 2016 event, allowing for 285 hunting exhibitors and outfitter booths on-site showcasing the latest in hunting and archery equipment, accessories, clothing and more.
The 2017 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,484 in 2016.
The state record of 16,605 is still in reach, but it will take a massive effort in the northern counties to hit the record, which was set in 2006.
Turkey or no turkey, time spent in the field with Dad a memory that will last a lifetime.
Luke Garver began the job late last year, filling a role that had been vacant since Paul Brewer retired at the end of 2013.
This year, a total of 5,601 youth turkey permits were issued, including 106 permits for special hunt areas. Last year, 4,761 permits were issued, including 113 for special hunt areas.
More than 1,500 turkeys taken the past two weekends by youth hunters has put the total at 1,949, topping last year’s spring total of 15,490.
Harvest more turkeys with these simple hunting tips and tactics
Several factors are at play, including the fact that the state’s turkey population appears steady and healthy. On a practical level, as long as rain and snow stay away, hunters will have plenty of opportunity for a rich harvest.
The regular season opens April 3 in the south zone and April 10 in the north zone.
Get close, but not too close while scouting for turkeys.
From a hunter's perspective, weather sure messes with turkey season, especially for those of us with kiddos who look forward to youth season.
The latest in turkey loads: Tungsten Super Shot a hand-loader’s dream and a nightmare for longbeards
Spring gobbler hunters always seem to be tweaking something, whether it’s their various call lineup, camo patterns or, especially, shotgun loads to deliver the best pattern possible when the moment of truth arrives.
Illinois Recreational Access Program has added adult turkey hunting to its list of outdoor recreation activities on private land in Illinois
Application deadlines Feb. 23 for youth season and March 10 for adult and youth hunters for seasons 3 and 4
The Deer Classic has moved a half-dozen times around central Illinois. This year’s show was moved from March to August, but conflicted with the Illinois State Fair. The 2017 how will be held in late July in Peoria.
Allowing the take of catfish by bow and arrow, expanding the youth turkey hunt to two weekends and opening public sites to quail hunting – it took Gov. Bruce Rauner a matter of seconds to turn proposals into law at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Fall applications for deer and turkey hunting permits are due in the next week
Will turkey hunters break the state record this spring?
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