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North turkey opening season down

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Considering the weather, it comes as no surprise that harvest during the opening season for spring turkey hunting in Illinois' north zone April 13-17 was down.

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The toms (only bearded birds are legal in spring) following these hens were just across the track earlier this month in Kankakee County

Here's the word from forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton:

North Zone 1st season spring turkey season ended Friday with a harvest of 2248, down from last years' harvest of 2510. The season opened to cold, raiiny weather on Monday the 13th, and the opening day harvest of 417 was 279 birds less than last year. Weather has come into play again during 2nd season with rain all day on Sunday (4/19), so we're looking forward to some warm, sunny days toward the end of this week. Top 5 counties during the first season were JoDaviess (174), Pike (145), Adams (117), Fulton (116) and Hancock and Macoupin (both 84).

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