Turkey hunting season in Illinois does not begin until October, but that didn't stop some would be turkey poachers in McHenry County.

When it comes to hunting there rules in place, and for good reason, for the sake of the species and also for safety and fairness.

Apparently, those rules were ignored by hunters from Wonder Lake and Wisconsin.

Illinois Conservation Police officers investigated a complaint of turkey poaching in McHenry County. Shortly after arriving the scene, the officer found the remains of two wild turkeys. Police later determined the alleged poaching was done by residents of Wisconsin and Wonder Lake Illinois after interviewing the suspects.

Officers seized the shotgun allegedly used in the poaching, which was located at a residence of a third party involved. Citations and written warnings were issued for:

  • Unlawful possession of freshly killed species during closed season
  • Unlawful possession of illegally taken wildlife parts
  • Unlawful take of wild turkey out of season
  • Unlawfully hunting wild turkey without wild turkey permit
  • Unlawfully hunting without non-resident hunting license
  • Unlawfully hunting wild turkey without a habitat stamp

Names of the cited individuals were not released.

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