May 8, 2003

Week Two Produces Mixed Bag Of Turkey Hunting Results

Week one's success story was followed by a bit of a decline as far as turkey hunters were concerned in northeast Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reported a decline of 108 birds from the 2002 week two hunting totals. The northeast Missouri harvest total dropped to 6,396 during the second week of the three-week long spring firearms turkey hunting season.

The decrease was not across the board however as seven of the 15 counties in the recording region actually experienced increases during the two-week period.

Scotland County was among the winners in week two, showing an increase from 2002 of 19 birds to weigh in with 500 birds harvested between April 21 and May 4.

That total ranked Scotland County third in the northeast region behind Macon County (690) and Adair County (640).

Schuyler County had an increase of one bird to 430 while both Clark and Knox counties experienced declines. Clark County fell off 92 birds down to 422 while Knox County dropped seven turkeys to 431.

Despite the second week decline in northeast Missouri the state is still ahead of last year's pace overall. Through two weeks of the season a total of 45,400 birds have been checked in across Missouri. That is 882 birds ahead of the 2002 totals for the same period. The harvest numbers still trail the record performance from 2000 when 46,659 turkeys were taken during the first two weeks.

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