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Illinois turkey hunting

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tomturkey2x2

I would like to learn more about  turkey hunting in the Shawnee national forest?  1 what is the turkey population like thier? How much pressure? 3 any other general suggestions  i would like to hear.  I have been wanting to go for several years, think it might happen in 2019. Have already looked at the Illinois dept of natural resources, pretty generic.

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Virgil Kane

The Shawnee is huge so hunting pressure shouldn't be a problem if you hike back in, most hunters stay close to the roads.  While I haven't hunted the Shawnee in particular I have hunted the Crab Orchard area and surrounding counties and hunting pressure isn't bad. With that said there are fools and bad hunters everywhere so be careful.   I will say though that I have noticed that the Tom's have gotten smart to calls and seem to go silent once on the ground.  Makes for some tough hunting but there are a lot of birds.

 

Virgil 

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