Spring season turkey harvest in Missouri totals 44,766

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 1:24 p.m. CDT; updated 10:45 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — Spring turkey hunting season is over, and the Missouri Department of Conservation has released the number of turkeys harvested in spring 2012.

Hunters in Missouri checked a total of 44,766 turkeys this spring. 

During this year's regular spring turkey season, from April 16 to May 6, hunters harvested 40,447 turkeys, up about 1 percent from 2011, which had a harvest of 38,327.

The harvest during youth weekend, March 31 and April 1, was 4,319, also about 1 percent higher than 2011's total of 3,893.

The spring 2012 total turkey harvest in Boone County was 417, with 57 turkeys from  opening day, 42 during youth weekend and 210 during the first week.  

The top three counties in the regular spring turkey harvest were Franklin with 852, Texas with 803 and Greene with 698.

The conservation department reported four non-fatal firearms-related incidents and no fatalities.

About 71 percent of this year's harvested turkeys were adult gobblers, with a total harvest of 31,813. Hunters harvested 12,445 juvenile male turkeys and 508 bearded hens.

Supervising editor is Kellie Kotraba.


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