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Illinois turkey hunters: Just short of record

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Illinois turkey hunters came within a few dozen of the record harvest for spring seasons.

Hunters Bag 16,565 Birds During 2010 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season

Harvest up over 2009 totals

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - 1Hunters in Illinois bagged a preliminary statewide total of 16,565 wild turkeys during the 2010 Spring Turkey Season.

The 2010 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,490 in 2009. Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006.

Hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,916 wild turkeys during all seasons in the South Zone, an increase from the harvest of 6,353 last year in the south. The North Zone total of 9,649 wild turkeys compares with last year's total of 9,137 in the north. Harvests during the 2006 record year were 6,530 in the south and 10,075 in the north. All results include harvest during the Youth Turkey Seasons.

"Weather was exceptionally cooperative during the first several seasons, particularly in the South Zone," said Paul Shelton, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Forest Wildlife Program Manager. "Hunters were on record pace until the very last season in the North Zone, when several days of morning thunderstorms slowed things down a bit. In spite of poor reproduction during the past several years, Illinois' turkey population has remained strong. Weather during the next several weeks will be an important factor affecting nesting success; perhaps this will be the year that puts us over the top."

The top five counties for turkey harvest in the South Zone this spring were: Pope (397), Jefferson (396), Union (356), Marion (353), and Randolph (351).

The top five counties for spring turkey harvest in the North Zone this year were: JoDaviess (628), Pike (527), Fulton (455), Adams (406), and Schuyler (348).

The 2010 spring turkey seasons were conducted April 5-May 6 in the South Zone and April 12-May 13 in the North Zone, with the youth seasons on Mar. 27-28 in the South Zone and April 3-4 in the North Zone.

The table below includes the preliminary 2010 county-by-county spring turkey harvest results and comparable totals for 2009.

County
2009
2010
Adams
421
406
Alexander
136
142
Bond
157
179
Boone
54
50
Brown
279
270
Bureau
140
172
Calhoun
341
289
Carroll
240
229
Cass
258
292
Champaign
21
24
Christian
33
49
Clark
168
161
Clay
203
206
Clinton
121
121
Coles
31
30
Crawford
175
143
Cumberland
68
67
DeKalb
14
15
DeWitt
39
44
Edgar
71
98
Edwards
85
90
Effingham
84
93
Fayette
172
208
Franklin
157
175
Fulton
417
455
Gallatin
105
134
Greene
273
257
Grundy
44
58
Hamilton
163
230
Hancock
320
330
Hardin
161
168
Henderson
156
154
Henry
61
61
Iroquois
39
58
Jackson
280
298
Jasper
142
146
Jefferson
363
396
Jersey
230
245
JoDaviess
612
628
Johnson
237
298
Kankakee
20
38
Kendall
17
30
Knox
238
286
LaSalle
138
181
Lawrence
122
141
Lee
95
104
Livingston
19
17
Logan
45
47
Macon
23
17
Macoupin
351
346
Madison
260
291
Marion
329
353
Marshall
93
94
Mason
199
197
Massac
71
89
McDonough
124
132
McHenry
31
37
McLean
61
63
Menard
111
114
Mercer
181
192
Monroe
158
169
Montgomery
163
212
Morgan
200
225
Moultrie
20
22
Ogle
173
197
Peoria
196
201
Perry
208
233
Piatt
12
10
Pike
549
527
Pope
332
397
Pulaski
106
144
Putnam
39
60
Randolph
352
351
Richland
127
108
Rock Island
195
221
Saline
123
132
Sangamon
97
101
Schuyler
336
348
Scott
116
105
Shelby
53
66
St. Clair
164
160
Stark
13
15
Stephenson
194
181
Tazewell
65
86
Union
296
356
Vermilion
110
173
Wabash
40
36
Warren
66
65
Washington
192
166
Wayne
325
339
White
135
132
Whiteside
177
186
Will
53
57
Williamson
272
292
Winnebago
159
160
Woodford
74
91


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