April 29, 2004

Turkey Hunters Topple Record In Seasons Opening Week

The records continue to fall for the 2004 Spring Turkey Season as hunters set a new mark for the first week of the season by harvesting 29,018 birds during the first seven days of the three-week long season.

Local hunters continued to experience success. After a solid opening day, Scotland County hunters further expanded the 2004 harvest totals, bagging a total of 305 birds compared to 271 last year during the same recording period.

That marked the trend for the Northeast Missouri region where all but two of the 15 counties experienced increases from 2003.

Monroe County saw the biggest gain, growing the 2004 totals by 120 birds. Marion County was up 90 turkeys and Clark County hunters nabbed 77 more gobblers than in 2003.

Adair County dropped by 48 birds and Macon County saw a 21 turkey decline.

Despite the decreases Macon County was #1 in the region at 417 followed by Adair County at 366. Clark County ranked third in the region with 325 turkeys.

Overall, the northeast region experienced a 573 bird increase in 2004 to 4,403 turkeys. Of that total, 3,801 were adult birds with just 602 jakes taken.

The increases were not as significant in other parts of the state as overall the harvest was up just 27 birds from the 2003 record-setting pace.

Franklin County topped the state with 599 birds harvested. Laclede County was second with 533 followed by St. Clair County at 484.

Statewide there were six hunting-related accidents including one fatality in the Central reporting area.

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