Spring turkey season down slightly in Missouri

Friday, April 26, 2013 | 7:34 a.m. CDT; updated 4:50 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 27, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri conservation officials say hunters shot only slightly fewer turkeys during the first week of the spring hunting season than last year despite challenging weather.

The Department of Conservation reports that 21,437 turkeys were taken during the first week of the season. That is 328 less than in the first week of the season last year, but officials said it is encouraging because cold, rainy and snowy weather made hunting challenging.

Through mid-morning Friday, hunters in Boone County had killed 377 turkeys: 341 adult gobblers, 31 "jakes," or juvenile gobblers, and 5 bearded hens.

Hunters took the most turkeys in Franklin County, where 560 turkeys were checked. Another 444 birds were shot in Texas County, and 413 in Ste. Genevieve County. No gun-related hunting accidents were reported during the opening week.

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