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Turkey update: First season, south zone harvest up

Spring when turkeys do what comes naturally.
Credit: Dale Bowman

The first season for turkey hunters in Illinois’ south zone ended Friday with harvest up from last spring.

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

The preliminary harvest total for first season in the south was 1,613, compared with 1,526 in 2015.

Below is the county-by-county breakdown:

County 2015 2016
Alexander 41 43
Bond 30 29
Clay 32 40
Clinton 26 23
Crawford 32 38
Edwards 25 20
Effingham 26 21
Fayette 54 58
Franklin 37 31
Gallatin 32 42
Hamilton 43 48
Hardin 44 44
Jackson 72 71
Jasper 32 35
Jefferson 92 100
Johnson 63 65
Lawrence 32 29
Madison 60 56
Marion 90 87
Massac 21 16
Monroe 47 49
Perry 48 55
Pope 107 96
Pulaski 22 23
Randolph 63 104
Richland 25 26
Saline 27 34
St. Clair 35 34
Union 78 93
Wabash 7 8
Washington 32 32
Wayne 63 67
White 25 32
Williamson 63 64
Total 1526 1613