Hunters Take Fewer Turkeys
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Conservation said Tuesday this fall's turkey hunting harvest has been the second lowest ever in the 33-year history of the fall season. The department reported that hunters killed 5,928 birds during the October season. This is in stark contrast to the peak in 1987, which resulted in almost 30,000 birds being taken. Missouri’s current wild turkey population is about 50,000.
Although there are many theories as to why hunters aren’t participating in the fall season, turkey hunter Casey Prewitt said that he thinks the harvest decline is due to the fall season being more challenging than the spring.
"In the fall season, it’s a little more challenging," he said. "Typically, you have to work with the birds, you know where they are, you have to pattern them so it adds a little bit more of a challenge then in the spring season, where a lot of times you are dealing with a mating season and the birds are gobbling and you can locate them a little bit easier."