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Illinois Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

by Vikki Trout   |  March 11th, 2014 0
Gobbler, Turkey, Turkey Hunting, Hunting Turkey, Illinois Turkey Hunting

Stephen M. Cicciarelli from Peoria Illinois shot this great 22lbs. tom.

The sun had barely peaked over the horizon when several toms chose to welcome the new day with thundering gobbles. Two of the longbeards we heard that morning were in a rush to come to the “sweet-sounding” hen calls John provided. Only one bird departed for safer territory. Surprisingly, it was only the second day of the first spring Illinois turkey hunting season the South Zone. As John packed out the gobbler in his vest, we could not help but contemplate whether Illinois spring turkey hunters would enjoy an increase in harvest this year. Wrong! Preliminary harvest statistics (including both youth seasons) dropped from 15,941 turkeys in 2012 to 14,133 last year — a decrease of 1,808 turkeys.

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