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The restoration of the
wild turkey is one of the greatest success stories in wildlife conservation.
Once completely extirpated in Illinois, wild turkeys now occur in robust
numbers in every county. To rebuild the state’s population, Illinois Department
of Natural Resources (IDNR) conducted trap and release efforts beginning in the
1950s, concluding the program in the early 2000s. Today, the Forest Wildlife
Program at IDNR manages wild turkeys and their habitat to maintain these
There are three hunting seasons available to wild turkey
hunters in Illinois: Spring,
Fall Gun, and Fall Archery. Click here for
more information on wild turkey hunting in Illinois.
and identification of Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Find interesting facts about wild turkey in
Buy a Turkey
ICF Pins - Proceeds go to support IDNR
youth programs and events.
If you mistakenly put the wrong information, applied twice
to cancel an application.
First Turkey Certificate
out and print a certificate to always remember your first turkey hunt.
Turkey Hunting Sites - IRAP
Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) has leased 15,000 acres for
hunting from private landowners in 39 Illinois counties. Apply today.
Find Your Own
your previous turkey or deer harvest reports.
for each state-owned property that describes the types of hunting
that are offered, as
well as any special regulations and restrictions that may be in effect.
Wildlife Action Plan - Forest and Woodland Campaign
Find out how we
maintain and enhance the composition of Illinois' existing forested
habitats and to
increase distribution of those habitats in identified priority areas and
statewide with many
National Wild Turkey Federation
Learn more about how the NWTF enhances wild turkey
populations, hunting and wildlife habitat.
Hunters of America
organization of traditional bowhunters that represent the interests of
bowhunters while promoting outdoor ethics and values.