November 1, 2001

Fall Turkey Season Harvest Numbers Decline In 2001

Scotland County hunters experienced a slight decline in harvest numbers during the fall firearms turkey hunting season that ran from October 8-22.

Hunters checked in 130 turkeys in 2001, down 28 from the 2000 level of 158 turkeys. That was the trend for most of the northeast region that overall witnessed a decline of 302 birds from the 2000 level of 2,500 turkeys harvested. Only two of the 16 counties in the region showed increases in 2001 as the district reported 2,198 turkeys harvested.

Macon County did it's part to help the region lead the state as it came in second high in the state with 295 birds, trailing only LaClede County.

Adair was the second best county in the northeast district with 223 birds followed by Sullivan County with 174.

Neighboring counties witnessed similar declines to those in Scotland County. Knox County fell off the most, declining 56 to just 135 birds harvested. Clark County was down 32 turkeys to 76, second lowest total in the region to only Shelby County's 67. Schuyler County dropped 27 birds off the 2000 total to finish with 156 turkeys checked in.

One area of increase was in the types of birds harvested. The region increased the total number of adult birds harvested, up 110 to 1,133 or 52 percent of the harvest. Last year the juveniles had outdistanced the adult birds harvest numbers by far. This year the juvenile numbers were down 411 to 1,066.

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