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2017 Illinois Youth Turkey Season Preliminary Harvest

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Youth turkey hunters harvested a preliminary record total of 1,541 birds during the 2017 Illinois Youth Turkey Season. The dates for this year’s season were March 25-26 and April 1-2. This was the first 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. In 2016, a total of 1,058 turkeys were harvested, combining both seasons and zones. The previous youth season record harvest was in 2012, when 1,300 birds were taken. This year, a total of 5,601 youth turkey permits were issued, including 106 permits for special hunt areas. Last year, 4,761 permits were issued, including 113 for special hunt areas.

Much of the state received rain during one or both days of the first weekend. However, it didn’t seem to slow the young hunters down as they harvested 776 birds over those two days. Weather was more favorable overall for the second weekend and 765 birds were taken.

The table below shows Illinois Youth Turkey Season preliminary harvest figures for both the north and south zones by county, with numbers from 2016 and 2017.

North Zone
Year

County
2016
2017

Adams
32
35

Boone
7
7

Brown
24
24

Bureau
7
9

Calhoun
20
23

Carroll
5
7

Cass
17
21

Champaign
1
6

Christian
1
1

Clark
12
11

Coles
4
6

Cumberland
5
7

DeKalb
1

DeWitt
5
8

Edgar
7
3

Ford
1

Fulton
31
42

Greene
19
13

Grundy
3
4

Hancock
9
20

Henderson
5
14

Henry
4
5

Iroquois
1
10

Jersey
15
23

JoDaviess
30
29

Kankakee
1
4

Kendall
1

Knox
19
29

LaSalle
1
5

Lee
6
18

Livingston
1

Logan
1
7

Macon
1
4

Macoupin
31
28

Marshall
5
5

Mason
12
15

McDonough
8
13

McHenry
4
11

McLean
4
6

Menard
8
11

Mercer
12
17

Montgomery
20
31

Morgan
12
18

Moultrie
2
2

Ogle
25
23

Peoria
8
11

Pike
39
52

Putnam
2
1

Rock Island
7
12

Sangamon
11
10

Schuyler
18
27

Scott
6
8

Shelby
8
13

Stark
1

Stephenson
12
15

Tazewell
11
6

Vermilion
7
11

Warren
4
7

Whiteside
12
15

Will
2
2

Winnebago
11
13

Woodford
11
6

North Total
606
788

South Zone
Year

County
2016
2017

Alexander
7
14

Bond
18
22

Clay
15
24

Clinton
7
13

Crawford
6
16

Edwards
5
9

Effingham
6
15

Fayette
28
50

Franklin
12
16

Gallatin
12
12

Hamilton
22
34

Hardin
4
9

Jackson
21
40

Jasper
8
11

Jefferson
31
46

Johnson
13
19

Lawrence
5
13

Madison
21
19

Marion
27
41

Massac
9
14

Monroe
10
15

Perry
10
29

Pope
6
17

Pulaski
7
8

Randolph
23
40

Richland
10
8

Saline
12
24

St. Clair
11
11

Union
24
41

Wabash
1
6

Washington
8
22

Wayne
16
30

White
11
28

Williamson
26
37

South Total
452
753

Grand Total
1058
1541