May 7, 2009

Missouri Turkey Hunters Harvest 41,830 Birds During Spring Season

Thanksgiving is still several months away, but for the past three weeks countless Missourians had turkey on their minds. The 2009 spring turkey hunting season came to a close May 10th with a total of 41,830 birds harvested across the state. That total marked a 1,586 turkey decline from 2008.

Scotland County hunters checked in a total of 456 turkeys, down 17 birds from last year's mark. That was still good for the third highest total in the northeast region behind only Macon County with 530 turkeys and Adair County with 480 turkeys. In Scotland County, 380 adult birds were harvested, with 76 juvenile turkeys being taken.

The northeast region had the best success rate for adult birds, with more than 82% of hunters taking birds that were two-years old or older. Overall 32,622 adult birds were checked in to the Missouri Department of Conservation, representing 78% of the harvest total.

Statewide, Franklin County had the top harvest numbers, with hunters checking in 915 turkeys. Texas County was second with 839 followed by St. Clair County with 678.

Scotland County hunters earned bragging rights over neighboring counties, with Clark County taking 378 birds, Knox County taking 454 turkeys and Schuyler County checking in 287 turkeys.

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