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Turkey Management

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 healthy populations.

Other Resources

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. 

Find interesting facts about wild turkey in Illinois. ​​​​ 

ICF Pins - Proceeds go to support IDNR youth programs and events.

If you mistakenly put the wrong information, applied twice and/or need to cancel an application.

Fill out and print a certificate to always remember your first turkey hunt.

The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) has leased 15,000 acres for 

turkey hunting from private landowners in 39 Illinois counties. Apply today.

Find your previous turkey or deer harvest reports.

Find summaries 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.

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 conservation partners.

Learn more about how the NWTF enhances wild turkey 

populations, hunting and wildlife habitat. ​

An organization of traditional bowhunters that represent the interests of

Illinois bowhunters while promoting outdoor ethics and values.