ILLINOIS TURKEY HUNTING
2015 Semi-Guided Illinois Turkey Hunt.
Turkey permit drawings begin December 1st. BOOK NOW!
Illinois Turkey Permits are by lottery only. Click Here for more information.
3 Day hunt- Includes Lodging: $400.00
Wild turkeys are large birds. The average adult male (gobbler or tom) stands 3 to 3.5 feet tall and weighs 18 to 24 pounds. Females (hens) are smaller, typically 2.5 to 3 feet tall and weigh 8 to 12 pounds. Both sexes have dark, iridescent feathers that display shades of bronze, red, purple, blue, and green. However, hens have an overall lighter appearance because their breast feathers are tipped with brown, while those of a tom are tipped with black. Besides being larger and darker, toms can generally be distinguished from hens by their leg spurs, beards, wattles (folds of skin below the beak), caruncles (wartlike growths on the neck), and snood (fleshy appendage above the beak). During the spring mating season, the wattles and caruncles of a tom may be bright red, white or blue. While hens have wattles, caruncles, and a snood, they are not as large or well developed as those of a tom. Only about 10 percent of hens have beards.