May 1, 2003

Scotland County Hunters Take 271 Turkeys In First Week

The first week of the spring turkey hunting season saw mixed results across northeast Missouri with totals advancing past the pace of last year.

Scotland County hunters played a small role in boosting the regions harvest numbers. Local hunters checked in 271 turkeys, six birds ahead of last year's pace.

Overall the region was up 181 birds from 2002, with 3,830 turkeys being harvested in the 15-county region. Schuyler County had the biggest improvement. Our neighbor to the west jumped up 46 birds to 260 in the first week. That offset the biggest loser, Clark County, our east neighbor, which dropped off the 2002 totals by 56 birds down to 248.

As usual Macon County led the region with 438 turkeys followed by Adair County at 414. Clark County's slip allowed Scotland County to rank as the northeast region's third highest producer.

Missouri bested the pace of 2002 by 1,048 turkeys in the first week with a 28,991 total. That still ranked behind the record first week in 2000 when 30,440 turkeys were checked in.

Texas County was the biggest producer in the state with 690 turkeys harvested. Laclede County was second at 620 followed by Howell County at 604.

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