Layne Stott bagged his first turkey during the youth season this weekend.

According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 4,060 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8 and 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 118 birds harvested, Callaway with 91, and Gasconade with 87.

Young hunters checked 4,167 turkeys during last year’s youth weekend.

In Scotland County, youth hunters checked in 24 adult gobblers and seven jakes for a harvest total of 31. Schuyler County youth checked in 16 turkeys with 14 checked in Knox County, while Clark County hunters bagged 35 turkeys.

Hunters who harvest their first turkey can have the accomplishment recognized through a special certificate from MDC, complete with photo. Learn more at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/trophies-certificates/certificates. Hunters can brag a bit about their harvest by posting pics on the MDC Bragging Board there as well.

Missouri’s spring turkey season opens April 17th and will run through May 7th. Shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. Two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beards, may be harvested during the season, with hunters limited to just one bird during the season’s first week.

Branton Burrus was successful on his last youth hunt.