Illinois hunting: Turkey harvest running down

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Looks like the wild spring weather is keeping turkey down, as least in the early seasons in Illinois.

Here’s the updated word from Paul Shelton:

Preliminary Turkey Harvest Updates South Zone: The South Zone second season concluded April 14 with a second-season total harvest of 1520 birds, bringing the harvest after two seasons to 3043. Last year’s comparable harvest was 3134, which is the harvest record through 2 seasons. Top five counties to date are Jefferson (186), Pope (177), Jackson (168), Randolph (160), and Union (156). North Zone: Hunters harvested 2427 turkeys in the North Zone’s first season (ending 4-15-2011), compared to last year’s first season harvest of 2752. The record North Zone first season harvest occurred in 2002, when 2864 birds were taken. Top five counties are JoDaviess (171), Pike (152), Adams (134), Fulton (128), and Calhoun (111).

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