Illinois Wild Turkey Harvest Grew Slightly in 2012SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois wild turkey hunters harvested 1,330 birds during the 2012 season, a slight increase over the previous year. The Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday interest in fall turkey hunting is particularly strong with archery hunters who are able to harvest a wild turkey while deer hunting.
Marion County harvested 18-turkeys during the fall archery harvest and 35-turkeys during the firearm season. Clay County harvested 12-turkeys during the archery season and five-turkeys during the firearm season. Jefferson County harvested 34-turkeys during the archery season and 44-turkeys during the firearm season. Washington County harvest two-turkeys during the archery season and two-turkey during the firearm season. Wayne County harvested twenty-turkeys during the archery season and 42-turkeys during the firearm season.
The number of wild turkeys harvested during the fall archery harvest increased about 8.4 percent over 2011. The fall firearm harvest fell about 6.7 percent. Overall, the harvest increased about 1 percent over 2011. The archery wild turkey season ran from Oct. 1 to Jan. 20 in 96 counties. The firearm season was Oct. 20 to 28 in 51 counties. The firearm harvest was greatest in Jo Daviess County. Fulton County had the top archery harvest.
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