October 31, 2002

Fall Turkey Hunting Numbers Up Despite Local Decline

Despite a slight decline here at home, the 2002 fall turkey season saw an increase statewide in 2002 despite what was classified as light hunting pressure.

A total of 13,554 turkeys were taken during the season, which ran from October 14 through October 27. That marked an increase of 933 birds from the 2001 totals.

The northeast region, where Scotland County is located, ranked third in the state with 2,279 turkeys harvested. The northwest region was top in Missouri with 2,667 birds followed by the west central region with 2,612.

Scotland County dropped off seven birds from the 2001 totals with 123 turkeys taken. Of that total, only 43 were adults with the remainder made up of juveniles.

Macon County led the region with 282 turkeys harvested, followed closely by Adair County with 262. Schuyler County ranked third in the region with 176 birds.

Webster County was the top spot in Missouri with 556 birds harvested. Cedar County ranked second with 518 followed by Polk County with 508.

Hunters will now likely turn their attentions to bow season for either deer or turkey before the fall firearms deer season opens November 16 through November 26.

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