Illinois turkey season ends with disappointing numbers
Before the spring turkey season, there was talk of a record year. But hunters bagged 15,121 wild turkeys during the 2011 spring season, considerably fewer than the 16,565 taken during the spring of 2010. Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006.
"This year's wild turkey season will probably be best remembered for being the wettest April in recorded history," Paul Brewer, DNR's Wild Turkey Project Manager, said. "Hunters did well on days when the weather was cooperative, but those days were few and far between. We are certainly hopeful for some better weather during the remainder of this spring and into early summer."
Broken down, hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,469 wild turkeys during all seasons in the South Zone, a decrease from the harvest of 6,916 last year in the south. The North Zone total of 8,652 wild turkeys compares with last year's total of 9,649 in the north. Harvests during the 2006 record year were 6,530 in the south and 10,075 in the north. All results include harvest during the Youth Turkey Seasons.
The top five counties for turkey harvest in the South Zone this spring were Jefferson (402), Pope (356), Union (324), Randolph (321), and Wayne (314).
The top five counties for spring turkey harvest in the North Zone this year were JoDaviess (534), Pike (522), Fulton (449), Adams (415), and Macoupin (343).