Hunters harvested 738 turkeys during state's fall archery season
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 738 wild turkeys during the 2018-2019 fall archery turkey season.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported that the total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 688 in 2017-2018.
Hunters in Union County harvested a total of five birds during the fall season. The total was down from 10 birds which were harvested last year.
Harvest totals for other area counties included:
Alexander County: six in 2018-2019, up from four last year. Jackson County: 14 this season, up from nine last year.
Johnson County: 10 this season, up from seven last year. Massac County: one this season, down from four last year.
Pulaski County: three this season, up from one last year. Williamson County: 15 this season, up from 11 last year.
This past season, 23,146 permits were sold compared to 24,809 for the 2017-2018 season.
The season dates were from Oct. 1, 2018, through Jan. 20, and all 102 counties were open for hunting.
Harvest consisted of 49.9 percent toms and 50.1 percent hens.
The top counties for fall archery wild turkey harvest in the 2018-2019 season were Jefferson (22), Cass (21), Macoupin (20), Marion (20) and Pike (19).
A table that includes the preliminary 2018-2019 county-by-county fall archery turkey harvest results with comparable totals for 2017-2018 can be found at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/FallArcheryTurkeyHarvest-18-...