Monday, April 9, 2018

2018 Illinois Youth Spring Turkey Season Recap Shows Decline

Not much else to say, the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources sums it up! 

A brief summary of the 2018 Illinois Youth Spring Turkey Season from the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources:


Youth turkey hunters harvested a preliminary total of 1,156 birds during the 2018 Illinois Youth Turkey Season. In 2017, a total of 1,531 turkeys were taken, marking a record harvest. Weather undoubtedly was a factor in this year’s decline in harvest as youth hunters experienced unseasonably cold temperatures throughout the four-day season.

 The dates for this year’s season were March 31-April 1 and April 7-8. This was the second year two youth turkey hunting weekends were open for the entire state. Previously, there was one weekend dedicated for the north zone and one for the south. This year, a total of 5,274 youth turkey permits were issued, including 106 permits for special hunt areas. In 2017, 5,601 permits were issued, including 106 for special hunt areas. The top 5 counties for harvest during this year’s youth season were Randolph (43), Jo Daviess (34), Adams (33), Fayette (33), and Jefferson (33).

The table below shows Illinois Youth Turkey Season preliminary harvest figures for both the north and south zones by county, with numbers from 2017 and 2018.

County
2017
2018
Adams
35
33
Alexander
14
13
Bond
21
8
Boone
7
6
Brown
25
15
Bureau
9
17
Calhoun
23
15
Carroll
7
9
Cass
21
22
Champaign
6
1
Christian
1
3
Clark
11
15
Clay
24
12
Clinton
13
11
Coles
6
3
Crawford
16
13
Cumberland
6
5
Dekalb
1
0
DeWitt
7
7
Edgar
3
3
Edwards
9
11
Effingham
15
13
Fayette
50
33
Franklin
16
15
Fulton
41
21
Gallatin
12
16
Greene
13
16
Grundy
4
0
Hamilton
33
22
Hancock
20
25
Hardin
9
9
Henderson
14
9
Henry
5
10
Iroquois
10
7
Jackson
41
29
Jasper
11
6
Jefferson
44
33
Jersey
23
14
Jo Daviess
29
34
Johnson
19
9
Kankakee
4
1
Kendall
1
0
Knox
29
22
LaSalle
5
5
Lawrence
13
15
Lee
18
8
Livingston
1
3
Logan
7
2
Macon
4
0
Macoupin
28
26
Madison
18
11
Marion
39
27
Marshall
5
5
Mason
15
10
Massac
14
5
McDonough
13
5
McHenry
11
11
McLean
6
2
Menard
11
7
Mercer
17
26
Monroe
14
12
Montgomery
30
14
Morgan
18
12
Moultrie
2
0
Ogle
23
13
Peoria
12
3
Perry
28
27
Pike
53
25
Pope
17
8
Pulaski
8
14
Putnam
1
1
Randolph
40
43
Richland
8
1
Rock Island
12
13
Saline
23
9
Sangamon
10
11
Schuyler
27
17
Scott
8
5
Shelby
13
12
St. Clair
11
17
Stark
1
1
Stephenson
15
14
Tazewell
6
6
Union
41
25
Vermilion
11
8
Wabash
6
1
Warren
7
5
Washington
21
16
Wayne
30
26
White
28
16
Whiteside
15
9
Will
2
5
Williamson
37
17
Winnebago
13
13
Woodford
7
3
TOTAL
1531
1156


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