The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that wild turkey hunters in the state harvested a preliminary total of 1,330 birds during the 2012 Fall Archery and Fall Firearm Wild Turkey seasons. The Fall Archery Wild Turkey Season began on October 1, 2012 and concluded on January 20, 2013, while the Fall Firearm Wild Turkey Season was open from October 20-28, 2012. The preliminary harvest compares with a total wild turkey harvest of 1,316 birds during the 2011 seasons. Fifty-one counties were open to fall firearm turkey hunting, while 96 counties were open to the fall archery turkey season.

Interest in fall turkey hunting remains strong, and much of the harvest is from archery deer hunters who also enjoy the option of being able to harvest a wild turkey while afield. Fall firearm harvest fell slightly this past season (6.7%), in part reflective of the greater interest in deer hunting during the fall in Illinois. Fall archery harvest for wild turkeys increased by about 8.4%.

“We are hopeful that the drier spring last year produced a better hatch,” said Paul Brewer, IDNR Wild Turkey Project Manager. “Our brood counts were down slightly, but reports from the field have indicated a good year for reproduction. Broods were difficult to observe as crops were planted and grew quickly early last spring. Later in the spring when temperatures soared, young turkeys seemed to remain in the shaded areas where they were not as easy to see.”

Other Midwest states also reported better reproduction this past spring.

The top five firearm counties for fall turkey harvest were Jo Daviess (73), Pope (34), Jefferson (34), Union (32) and Williamson (32). The top five archery counties for fall turkey harvest were Fulton (27), Jefferson (26), Peoria (24), Jo Daviess (23), and Cass and Ogle (19 each).

Shown below are harvest totals by county for the 2012 fall season, as well as the previous year’s harvest for comparison.

 

2012 Fall Wild Turkey Firearm Harvest

County

Current Year 2012

Previous Year 2011

ADAMS

10

11

ALEXANDER

3

2

BROWN

7

12

CALHOUN

6

10

CARROLL

20

18

CASS

11

12

CLARK

5

7

CLAY

12

5

CRAWFORD

4

2

FRANKLIN

9

11

FULTON

10

22

GALLATIN

6

7

GREENE

7

6

HAMILTON

7

13

HANCOCK

4

5

HARDIN

8

2

HENDERSON

3

8

JACKSON

12

13

JASPER

7

7

JEFFERSON

34

44

JERSEY

5

7

JODAVIESS

73

53

JOHNSON

10

22

KNOX

15

16

LAWRENCE

9

4

MACOUPIN

12

11

MADISON

6

5

MARION

18

35

MASON

11

11

MCDONOUGH

4

5

MENARD

3

5

MERCER

6

5

MONROE

4

6

MORGAN

12

14

PERRY

9

19

PIKE

9

9

POPE

34

32

RANDOLPH

14

13

RICHLAND

10

8

ROCK ISLAND

4

6

SALINE

2

0

SCHUYLER

6

4

SCOTT

0

6

STEPHENSON

11

12

UNION

32

18

WASHINGTON

2

2

WAYNE

28

42

WHITE

6

4

WHITESIDE

9

5

WILLIAMSON

32

31

WINNEBAGO

14

11

TOTAL

595

638

 

2012 Fall Wild Turkey Archery Harvest

County

Current Year 2012

Previous Year 2011

ADAMS

17

13

ALEXANDER

1

4

BOND

7

9

BOONE

4

2

BROWN

5

4

BUREAU

8

6

CALHOUN

4

5

CARROLL

14

8

CASS

19

9

CHAMPAIGN

4

2

CHRISTIAN

3

3

CLARK

7

7

CLAY

10

10

CLINTON

6

3

COLES

2

2

CRAWFORD

10

4

CUMBERLAND

8

5

DEKALB

0

0

DEWITT

1

6

EDGAR

1

2

EDWARDS

1

4

EFFINGHAM

3

8

FAYETTE

18

14

FRANKLIN

12

11

FULTON

27

18

GALLATIN

2

4

GREENE

2

9

GRUNDY

6

5

HAMILTON

8

7

HANCOCK

8

4

HARDIN

0

6

HENDERSON

4

1

HENRY

2

2

IROQUOIS

7

12

JACKSON

10

9

JASPER

1

3

JEFFERSON

26

31

JERSEY

2

6

JODAVIESS

23

11

JOHNSON

11

7

KANKAKEE

5

4

KENDALL

0

0

KNOX

10

10

LASALLE

9

12

LAWRENCE

5

2

LEE

6

0

LIVINGSTON

2

2

LOGAN

0

3

MCDONOUGH

4

2

MCHENRY

0

2

MCLEAN

7

11

MACON

4

4

MACOUPIN

12

11

MADISON

15

15

MARION

17

15

MARSHALL

5

9

MASON

5

14

MASSAC

6

0

MENARD

9

8

MERCER

7

10

MONROE

4

5

MONTGOMERY

6

12

MORGAN

9

9

MOULTRIE

0

4

OGLE

19

12

PEORIA

24

14

PERRY

11

2

PIATT

0

1

PIKE

17

13

POPE

8

11

PULASKI

2

3

PUTNAM

2

1

RANDOLPH

13

12

RICHLAND

3

4

ROCK ISLAND

10

6

ST CLAIR

6

6

SALINE

9

4

SANGAMON

9

9

SCHUYLER

7

10

SCOTT

3

3

SHELBY

8

7

STARK

0

1

STEPHENSON

9

9

TAZEWELL

8

9

UNION

13

7

VERMILION

13

9

WABASH

3

0

WARREN

4

6

WASHINGTON

6

5

WAYNE

17

15

WHITE

8

4

WHITESIDE

9

10

WILL

8

8

WILLIAMSON

10

15

WINNEBAGO

16

11

WOODFORD

9

11

TOTAL 

735

678

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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