Illinois hunters harvest more turkeys

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,189 wild turkeys during the 2019 Spring Turkey Season.

This year’s total is up compared with the 2018 statewide turkey harvest of 13,494. The statewide preliminary total includes the 2019 youth turkey season harvest of 1,364 birds, compared with the 2018 youth harvest of 1,143 turkeys. The statewide record total was set in 2006 when 16,569 turkeys were harvested.

Spring turkey hunting was open in 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties. The 2019 season dates were April 8-May 9 in the South Zone and April 15-May 16 in the North Zone. The youth season was March 30-31 and April 6-7 statewide.

Turkey hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,607 wild turkeys during all season segments in the South Zone, compared with 5,507 last year in the south. The North Zone preliminary harvest total this year was 8,582 wild turkeys, compared with 7,987 in northern counties in 2018.

The top five counties for spring wild turkey harvest in the South Zone in 2019 were Jefferson (480), Randolph (383), Marion (328), Union (310), and Pope (310). The top five North Zone counties for spring turkey harvest this year were Jo Daviess (541), Fulton (402), Pike (381), Hancock (344), and Adams (331).

A table with county preliminary harvest totals for the 2019 season, and 2018 comparable harvest totals, is below.

County

2019

2018

Adams

331

335

Alexander

163

136

Bond

153

115

Boone

66

56

Brown

227

240

Bureau

212

182

Calhoun

201

193

Carroll

179

221

Cass

254

218

Champaign

20

18

Christian

53

38

Clark

179

160

Clay

231

189

Clinton

111

88

Coles

50

33

Crawford

227

177

Cumberland

64

44

DeKalb

12

16

DeWitt

42

37

Douglas

7

3

Edgar

80

64

Edwards

98

86

Effingham

120

102

Fayette

259

216

Ford

9

13

Franklin

183

148

Fulton

402

337

Gallatin

103

151

Greene

170

139

Grundy

56

66

Hamilton

227

195

Hancock

344

295

Hardin

121

25

Henderson

142

141

Henry

107

82

Iroquois

80

61

Jackson

295

283

Jasper

136

103

Jefferson

480

355

Jersey

169

164

Jo Daviess

541

583

Johnson

220

184

Kane

1

3

Kankakee

51

49

Kendall

17

16

Knox

263

262

Lake

5

6

LaSalle

115

129

Lawrence

128

130

Lee

89

90

Livingston

34

26

Logan

39

40

Macon

36

22

Macoupin

270

223

Madison

220

151

Marion

328

267

Marshall

65

89

Mason

182

168

Massac

83

86

McDonough

149

121

McHenry

86

87

McLean

62

72

Menard

98

80

Mercer

234

219

Monroe

141

135

Montgomery

162

142

Morgan

130

122

Moultrie

36

22

Ogle

165

181

Peoria

139

118

Perry

218

216

Piatt

14

9

Pike

381

309

Pope

310

263

Pulaski

107

102

Putnam

43

9

Randolph

383

303

Richland

117

90

Rock Island

203

191

Saline

102

89

Sangamon

124

113

Schuyler

237

253

Scott

101

58

Shelby

118

117

St. Clair

140

112

Stark

13

19

Stephenson

184

185

Tazewell

77

54

Union

310

248

Vermilion

127

123

Wabash

58

37

Warren

61

64

Washington

144

117

Wayne

303

261

White

139

136

Whiteside

162

158

Will

80

67

Williamson

249

211

Winnebago

169

165

Woodford

63

67

Total

15,189

13,494

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