April 22, 2010

First Week Turkey Harvest Down Despite Solid Opening Day Numbers

Poor weather over the first weekend likely offset a strong opening day to the 2010 spring firearms turkey season in the state of Missouri as the Missouri Department of Conservation revealed a slight decline in the totals through week one of the three-week season.

Hunters checked in 21,021 birds, down 696 from last year and well below the opening week record of 29,018 turkeys set back in 2004.

Scotland County hunters saw their harvest total decline 38 birds from 214 to 176 this year. That was after an opening day haul of 47 birds, up 10 from the previous yearís opener.

Franklin County was tops in the state in the opening week with 450 turkeys checked, 164 which came on opening day, also good for tops in the state. St. Genevieve County was second with 393 in week #1 and 151 on opening day while Texas County had the third best opening week total with 381 birds harvested. Cape Girardeau County had the third best opening day with 127 turkeys checked in.

Macon County was tops in the northeast recording region with 264 birds in week #1 and 93 on opening day. Adair County was second with 219 despite not ranking in the top 3 on opening day. Pike County had the second largest opening day haul in the north, with 84 birds leading to the third best opening week with 195. Monroe County was third on opening day with 77 turkeys.

Other area counties of interest included Schuyler County with 111 birds (-20 from last year) checked in during the opening week; Clark County 146 birds (-34); Knox County 173 turkeys (-45), and Putnam County 171 turkeys (+9).

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