April 26, 2007

Success Rate Down In First Week of 2007 Turkey Season

Hunters across Missouri met with lower success rates during the opening week of the 2007 spring turkey hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation reported that 24,748 turkeys were checked in during the seasonís first seven days. That was down 1,974 birds from last year and well below the opening-week record of 29,018 turkeys set in 2004.

Hunters were fairly selective during the first of the seasonís three weeks. They bagged 18,136 adult gobblers, or nearly 80 percent of the total harvest. The remaining 4,611 turkeys tagged were juveniles or jakes.

Franklin County topped the state with 476 turkeys checked in. Callaway and St. Genevieve counties tied with the second highest take with 389 birds.

The central region of the state was tops in the MDCís eight recording regions with 3,665 turkeys tagged. The northwest region had 3,340 birds checked in followed by the northeast region with 3,184.

Macon County topped the northeast region with 326 turkeys tagged the first week followed by Adair County with 306 and Knox County with 249.

Scotland County hunters checked in 196 adult gobblers and 20 juvenile birds for a total of 216. That was down from 259 last year.

Clark Countyís totals fell off 52 birds to 173 this year and Schuyler County hunters saw their totals drop 11 birds in 2007ís first week to 147.

Overall the northeast region saw a 500-bird harvest decline during the first week.

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