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Illinois hunting: Higher turkey harvest keeps on

With the spring turkey-hunting seasons concluded in Illinois’ south zone and ending this week in the north zone, hunters continue to report harvest well ahead of last year.

Here is the latest update from Chris Young, the communications director for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Here is the spring wild turkey season update from Paul Shelton

South Zone:

With all seasons concluded in the South Zone, preliminary harvest figures stand at 6,034, compared to 5,812 last year. Twenty-three counties showed increases and 11 declined. Top 5 counties were Jefferson (413), Pope (359), Marion (314), Union (287), and Randolph (279). The grand total for all spring seasons, including youth season, was 6,387 compared to the 6,184 taken during 2014.

North Zone:

Through four seasons, preliminary harvest in the North Zone stands at 7,181, compared to 6,059 last year. Fifty-two counties show increases, nine declined, and five remain the same. Top five counties are currently JoDaviess (538), Adams (344), Fulton (335), Pike (287), and Brown (277).

A table with county results is attached.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

South Zone:

        County 2015 2014 Alexander 137 130 Bond 151 137 Clay 151 187 Clinton 97 72 Crawford 132 129 Edwards 101 103 Effingham 104 76 Fayette 207 193 Franklin 176 153 Gallatin 108 115 Hamilton 203 208 Hardin 152 133 Jackson 269 302 Jasper 122 71 Jefferson 413 368 Johnson 247 234 Lawrence 108 102 Madison 243 209 Marion 314 271 Massac 97 77 Monroe 147 145 Perry 208 204 Pope 359 346 Pulaski 77 112 Randolph 279 299 Richland 109 107 Saline 134 112 St. Clair 106 86 Union 287 285 Wabash 46 43 Washington 125 132 Wayne 262 284 White 110 122 Williamson 253 265 Total 6034 5812        

South Zone youth recap:

2015 Youth 2014 Youth 6 4 8 6 14 10 4 9 3 3 8 9 5 8 17 10 11 16 12 1 20 20 7 5 11 20 6 5 20 31 13 9 2 7 3 17 19 27 2 4 15 6 13 11 7 6 4 9 21 27 7 1 9 10 6 3 25 16 3 3 6 10 9 15 10 13 27 21 353 372 North zone so far through four seasons:

  2015   County 1st Season 2nd Season 3rd Season 4th Season Total 2014 Total Adams 108 111 65 60 344 258 Boone 12 18 9 17 56 49 Brown 116 73 51 37 277 171 Bureau 40 43 22 29 134 107 Calhoun 66 55 42 15 178 172 Carroll 57 52 28 28 165 197 Cass 73 67 48 25 213 152 Champaign 5 8 4 3 20 9 Christian 15 15 6 5 41 39 Clark 44 34 31 27 136 108 Coles 12 3 4 3 22 22 Cumberland 17 14 12 8 51 35 DeKalb 3 3 4 1 11 13 DeWitt 13 13 10 6 42 34 Douglas 2 1 0 1 4 3 Edgar 22 20 13 13 68 64 Ford 1 3 2 2 8 9 Fulton 115 100 60 60 335 296 Greene 42 54 32 15 143 125 Grundy 14 14 8 7 43 27 Hancock 70 73 49 40 232 215 Henderson 40 40 23 22 125 122 Henry 16 28 16 14 74 62 Iroquois 11 16 7 12 46 37 Jersey 60 55 28 16 159 117 JoDaviess 187 151 111 89 538 532 Kane 0 0 0 1 1 0 Kankakee 11 4 5 6 26 26 Kendall 2 8 4 1 15 15 Knox 72 47 38 44 201 157 Lake 1 1 1 0 3 0 LaSalle 33 16 22 21 92 84 Lee 27 21 18 12 78 49 Livingston 4 3 4 9 20 12 Logan 6 11 8 7 32 23 Macon 7 6 4 5 22 16 Macoupin 97 79 49 50 275 226 Marshall 18 14 9 13 54 42 Mason 50 32 25 15 122 107 McDonough 35 34 27 19 115 76 McHenry 15 7 15 16 53 46 McLean 10 12 6 10 38 34 Menard 33 24 18 19 94 53 Mercer 46 35 25 30 136 137 Montgomery 41 34 34 30 139 138 Morgan 72 49 44 19 184 124 Moultrie 6 6 1 4 17 19 Ogle 33 40 31 34 138 109 Peoria 35 43 32 19 129 101 Piatt 0 2 3 0 5 5 Pike 92 100 62 33 287 259 Putnam 14 10 8 8 40 32 Rock Island 42 43 36 33 154 140 Sangamon 23 23 18 17 81 67 Schuyler 87 90 52 43 272 169 Scott 18 33 10 1 62 52 Shelby 27 20 13 14 74 63 Stark 0 1 1 0 2 2 Stephenson 60 53 47 50 210 155 Tazewell 15 17 15 9 56 51 Vermilion 34 19 23 20 96 103 Warren 15 16 10 15 56 60 Whiteside 37 33 21 23 114 136 Will 12 13 10 9 44 28 Winnebago 37 41 27 20 125 112 Woodford 15 14 11 14 54 56 Total 2343 2118 1472 1248 7181 6059 

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