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1st weekend of IL youth turkey hunt: Harvest down from 1st weekend last spring

File photo of turkeys in spring doing what turkeys want to do in spring.
Dale Bowman/Sun-Times

Harvest during Illinois’ first weekend youth turkey hunt is down slightly from the first last spring.

Here is the breakdown from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Here’s an update on the 2019 Illinois Spring Youth Wild Turkey Hunting Season from the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources:

After the first weekend of the 2019 Spring Youth Turkey Season (March 30-31), youth hunters have harvested a preliminary total of 622 birds. This compares to 646 birds for the opening weekend of the 2018 season. The top five counties for harvest so far are Randolph (22), Marion (21), Jefferson (21), Pike (19), and Fayette (19). The Youth Turkey Season concludes this weekend, April 6-7.

Preliminary results from the youth turkey hunt last weekend, and comparable results for 2018, by county, are listed below…

COUNTY 2018 2019
Adams 24 8
Alexander 8 7
Bond 3 6
Boone 2 2
Brown 10 3
Bureau 8 9
Calhoun 8 10
Carroll 6 3
Cass 8 12
Champaign 1 1
Christian 2 1
Clark 6 2
Clay 9 9
Clinton 9 5
Coles 1 1
Crawford 11 9
Cumberland 4 0
DeKalb 0 1
DeWitt 3 2
Edgar 3 0
Edwards 6 4
Effingham 8 8
Fayette 20 19
Ford 0 1
Franklin 4 12
Fulton 11 15
Gallatin 10 7
Greene 7 8
Grundy 1 2
Hamilton 10 11
Hancock 21 13
Hardin 6 0
Henderson 4 5
Henry 6 10
Iroquois 5 3
Jackson 14 7
Jasper 2 5
Jefferson 19 21
Jersey 7 4
Jo Daviess 15 18
Johnson 6 10
Kankakee 1 3
Kendall 0 1
Knox 9 11
Lake 0 1
LaSalle 4 3
Lawrence 5 3
Lee 4 3
Livingston 3 0
Logan 1 0
Macoupin 18 18
Madison 7 9
Marion 15 21
Marshall 2 1
Mason 7 8
Massac 2 3
McDonough 2 3
McHenry 6 8
McLean 1 1
Menard 3 8
Mercer 16 18
Monroe 7 8
Montgomery 10 3
Morgan 5 3
Ogle 9 5
Peoria 1 1
Perry 18 8
Pike 16 19
Pope 0 3
Pulaski 7 12
Putnam 1 0
Randolph 23 22
Richland 0 4
Rock Island 7 5
Saline 2 7
Sangamon 4 6
Schuyler 10 9
Scott 3 1
Shelby 6 10
St. Clair 13 15
Stephenson 9 11
Tazewell 3 3
Union 15 11
Vermilion 3 1
Wabash 0 1
Warren 1 4
Washington 11 7
Wayne 16 14
White 9 7
Whiteside 3 6
Will 3 2
Williamson 10 11
Winnebago 6 3
Woodford 1 3
TOTAL 646 622