Spring turkey season yields 14,133 gobblers

News-DemocratMay 22, 2013 

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 14,133 wild turkeys during the 2013 spring turkey season, including the youth seasons.

The 2013 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,941 in 2012. Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006. Youth hunters took a second-highest season preliminary total of 923 birds, down from the 2012 record of 1,300 turkeys harvested.

Four new counties were opened for spring turkey hunting in Illinois for 2013 -- Ford, Douglas, Kane and Lake. This brings the total of counties open for spring turkey hunting to 100 of Illinois' 102 counties.

"Many hunters commented on the cold and wet weather making hunting very difficult," said Paul Brewer, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Wild Turkey Project Manager. "Breeding activity was delayed, and gobblers were not very responsive for much of the season."

The 2013 preliminary spring turkey harvest results for metro-east counties were: Clinton County 114 (80 in 2012); Fayette 268 (246); Franklin 234 (188); Madison 280 (233); Monroe 170, (166); Randolph 332 (333); St. Clair 135 (120) and Washington 157 (133).

Mid-State Bass Anglers

Jeff Frailey, of Fairview Heights, and Greg Sparks, of St. Jacob, took first place at the Mid State Bass Anglers tournament May 18-19 at Kentucky Lake.

The water was high and bass fishing was good.

Frailey and Sparks caught 15 bass for 40.47 pounds. Frailey also caught the Big Bass, a 6.77-pounder. Second place went to the team of Rich Logsdon, of Benton, Ky., and Rick Rohr, of Millstadt, with 15 bass checking in at 38.15 pounds. The third-place team of Don Call and Bob Thurgood, both of Belleville, landed 13 bass weighing a combined 31.92 pounds.

Tri-County Bass Anglers

Waterloo's Barry Rolland landed 15.56 pounds of fish to win a Tri-County Bass Anglers Tournament held on Lake Egypt on April 14. Rolland also registered the big bass with a 3.99-pounder.

Smithton's Doug Mealy finished in second with 11.92 pounds. Larry Kinzel, of Marissa, was third with 9.52. Belleville's Scott Fischer was fourth with 8.39.

Rollando also won the Tri-County Bass Anglers on April 27-28 tournament at Kentucky Lake.

At that event, he caught 27.81 pounds of fish, including a Sunday big bass of 5.53.

Red Bud's Robert Ehert finished second with 22.80 pounds. Waterloo's Paul LeSaulnier was third at 21.75. Dave Simonds, of Belleville, was third with 21.41. Tom Speichinger completed the top five with 20.69 pounds.

The Saturday big bass of 5.19 pounds was landed by Swansea's Doug Cepicky.

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