IL Hunters Establish New Record Spring Turkey Harvest

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HUNTERS ESTABLISH NEW RECORD SPRING WILD TURKEY HARVEST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Hunters in Illinois established a spring wild turkey hunting harvest record during the recently concluded season, bagging a preliminary total of 14,314 birds. The preliminary statewide total compares with the spring turkey harvest of 12,915 in 2001.

Hunters in south zone counties and special hunt areas harvested 5,293 turkeys, an increase of 10.2 percent compared with the 2001 south zone harvest of 4,803, while the harvest in the north zone was 9,021, an increase of 11.2 percent compared with the 2001 harvest of 8,112.

During the five spring turkey hunting seasons between April 8-May 16, first season hunters bagged the most birds with a harvest of 4,428, followed by the second season with 3,045, fourth season with 2,382, third season with 2,224, and fifth season with 2,036. Harvest during the youth spring turkey seasons totaled 199.


The top five counties for spring turkey harvest this year were JoDaviess (771), Pike (587), Adams (543), Calhoun (446) and Pope (422).

A total of 96 counties were open to turkey hunting this spring, including eight new counties: Champaign, Iroquois, Kendall, Livingston, McHenry, McLean, Moultrie and Will.

The IDNR issued more than 43,700 paid permits and more than 18,000 landowner permits for the 2002 spring turkey season.
 


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