Spring turkey hunting is a long time tradition in the Show-me State. I have been hunting spring gobblers since the late 1980’s. I have seen the turkey population rise and fall a little throughout my lifetime, but it looks like turkey numbers are slightly up this year due to the successful hatches we have had the last couple of springs.
Early morning scouting has been on my agenda the last couple of weeks, and it sounds like the Toms are gobbling a little. Hopefully the weather will continue to improve and be perfect for opening day on April 21st. The spring turkey season will again be 3 weeks in length ending on May 11th, with shooting hours one half hour before sunrise to 1pm each day of the season. Regulations haven’t changed much as hunters may not hunt with shot shells larger than #4 and shotguns must be plugged so only to contain 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined. Tagging regulations are a little different, but successful hunters must immediately invalidate their turkey tag by notching the month and day of harvest.
The excitement of turkey hunting is undeniable. However, there are a few safety rules to remember. First, never shoot at sound or movement. Always positively identify your target before you shoot. If you move from one calling location to another, wear blaze orange. This will ensure other hunters in the area don’t mistake you for a spring gobbler.