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Turkey harvest down (complete breakdown added)

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Illinois hunters bagged 15,488 turkeys in the spring seasons. That preliminary number 's down slightly from the 15,792 last year. The record spring total was 16,605 in 2006.

A decrease in the north zone was the source of the decline. Harvest there dropped to 9,135 from 9,505.

ADDED: Below is the complete release from the IDNR.

HUNTERS BAG 15,488 BIRDS DURING 2009 ILLINOIS SPRING WILD TURKEY SEASON

Slight decrease from 2008

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Hunters in Illinois bagged a preliminary statewide total of 15,488 wild turkeys during the 2009 Spring Turkey Season, a slight decrease from last year's spring turkey harvest of 15,792.

The 2009 total is higher than the 2007 statewide turkey harvest of 14,766. Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006.

Hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,353 wild turkeys during all seasons in the South Zone, an increase from the harvest of 6,287 last year in the south. The North Zone total of 9,135 wild turkeys was down compared with last year's total of 9,505. The 2006 record harvests were 6,530 in the south and 10,075 in the north. The results include harvest during the Youth Turkey Seasons.

"Given the poor turkey reproduction during the past few years, and wet weather through much of the spring, our turkey harvest totals are as expected," said Paul Shelton, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program Manager. "Our statewide total of 15,488 compares pretty well with the average of 15,625 for the previous five years."

The top five counties for turkey harvest in the South Zone this spring were Jefferson (363), Randolph (352), Pope (332), Marion (329), and Wayne (325). The top five counties for spring turkey harvest in the North Zone this year were JoDaviess (612), Pike (549), Adams (421), Fulton (417), and Macoupin (351).

The table below includes the preliminary 2009 county-by-county spring turkey harvest results and comparable totals for 2008.

Preliminary Spring Turkey Harvest Results

County 2008 2009
Adams 507 421
Alexander 135 136
Bond 150 157
Boone 53 54
Brown 310 279
Bureau 140 139
Calhoun 377 341
Carroll 208 240
Cass 289 258
Champaign 17 21
Christian 48 33
Clark 188 168
Clay 230 203
Clinton 111 121
Coles 36 31
Crawford 170 175
Cumberland 68 68
DeKalb 13 14
DeWitt 52 39
Edgar 77 71
Edwards 82 85
Effingham 100 84
Fayette 187 172
Franklin 145 157
Fulton 415 417
Gallatin 109 105
Greene 305 273
Grundy 33 44
Hamilton 171 163
Hancock 321 320
Hardin 169 161
Henderson 186 156
Henry 51 61
Iroquois 40 39
Jackson 287 280
Jasper 166 142
Jefferson 299 363
Jersey 266 230
JoDaviess 568 612
Johnson 213 237
Kankakee 27 20
Kendall 14 17
Knox 262 238
LaSalle 136 138
Lawrence 130 122
Lee 89 95
Livingston 16 19
Logan 41 45
Macon 26 23
Macoupin 399 351
Madison 294 260
Marion 347 329
Marshall 95 93
Mason 182 199
Massac 79 71
McDonough 122 124
McHenry 24 31
McLean 54 61
Menard 126 111
Mercer 165 181
Monroe 172 158
Montgomery 173 163
Morgan 257 200
Moultrie 33 20
Ogle 149 173
Peoria 182 196
Perry 235 208
Piatt 16 12
Pike 552 549
Pope 329 332
Pulaski 109 106
Putnam 39 39
Randolph 344 352
Richland 116 127
Rock Island 219 195
Saline 112 123
Sangamon 110 97
Schuyler 365 335
Scott 114 116
Shelby 47 53
St. Clair 168 164
Stark 11 13
Stephenson 174 194
Tazewell 42 65
Union 278 296
Vermilion 142 110
Wabash 46 40
Warren 73 66
Washington 145 192
Wayne 303 325
White 122 135
Whiteside 160 177
Will 66 53
Williamson 234 272
Winnebago 146 159
Woodford 85 74

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