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Spring Record For Wild Turkeys

Illinois hunters harvested a preliminary statewide record total of 17,208 wild turkeys during the 2024 Illinois spring turkey season.

This year’s total compares with the 2023 statewide harvest of 16,123 and the previous harvest record total of 16,569, set during the spring season in 2006. The top five counties for the 2024 spring turkey harvest were: Jo Daviess County, 654; Jefferson County, 472; Marion County, 435; Pope County, 397; and Randolph County, 395.

The 2024 harvest total includes the record youth turkey harvest of 2,009 birds, which compares with the 2023 youth harvest of 1,309. The...


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