Illinois turkey hunters are on a record pace in both the north and south zones.
Here's the word from forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton:
After completion of the 3rd season, South Zone harvest stands at 4,382 turkeys, compared to last year's harvest of 3640 at the same time. The previous high after three seasons was 3956 during 2006. Individual season harvests to date are 1637 (first season), 1497 (second season), and 1248 (third season). Top five counties are Pope (251), Jefferson (247), Union (234), Jackson (214), and Randolph (214). A file of county results is attached.
After completing 2 seasons, North Zone hunters have harvested 4950 birds, compared to last year's total of 4135. Previous high for the same time period was in 2006, when 4827 birds were harvested. Hunters took 2752 turkeys during first season, and 2198 during second season. Top five counties are JoDaviess (340), Pike (272), Fulton (230), Adams (219), and Schuyler (191). A file of county results is attached.