Firearms turkey hunters in the state took 638 birds during the 9-day season, down 11 percent from last year's total of 716.
"This continues a long term trend in both declining harvest and participation in fall turkey hunting, with many hunters choosing to concentrate on archery deer hunting during this time period," Paul Brewer, DNR's turkey biologist, pointed out.
Evidence of Brewer's statement: The number of fall shotgun turkey permits allocated this year was approximately 14 percent fewer than in 2010.
Meanwhile, six new counties were opened for fall firearm hunting this year, with a preliminary total of 40 wild turkeys being harvested in those counties (Clay-5, Franklin-11, Hamilton-13, Menard-5, Washington-2, and White-4).
The top 5 counties for firearm wild turkey harvest were JoDaviess (53), Jefferson (44), Wayne(42), Marion (35) and Pope (32).