Turkey Harvest Up This Hunting Season
Date 2014/5/14 6:48:17 | Topic: News
|Hunters posted the third spring turkey harvest increase in a row, bettering last year’s number by more than 1,000 birds. Hunters checked over 43 thousand (43,273) turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season April 21 through May 11. |
In the Green Hills counties, the number of turkeys taken ranged from 515 in Putnam county, down to 207 in Caldwell. Numbers for other Green Hills counties were Harrison 487, Sullivan 449, Mercer 436, Daviess 402, Linn 381, Livingston 371, and Grundy county with 318 turkeys taken.
Top harvest counties in Missouri were Texas with 938 birds checked, Franklin 921, and Laclede 736.
Hunters age 6 through 15 checked over 43 hundred (4,332) turkeys during the youth season April 12 and 13, bringing the 2014 spring harvest total to more than 47 thousand (47,605).
That’s the third consecutive increase since 2011, when the combined youth and regular season harvest was 42,226.
Favorable weather throughout much of this year’s spring turkey season helped Hunters. Resource Scientist Jason Isabelle with the Missouri Department of Conservation says the harvest was also affected by improvements in turkey production.