Mo. Wild Turkey Season Starts April 15
JEFFERSON CITY - Conservation experts say Missouri's wild turkey population is relatively steady for the upcoming spring hunting season despite the recent drought.
The spring turkey season runs from April 15 and runs through May 5.
Resource scientist Jason Isabelle, who oversees turkey management for Missouri's Conservation Department, says the drought last year caused food shortages for the turkeys. But Isabelle doesn't expect that shortage to have much impact on the state's turkey population.
Isabelle says southeast Missouri has had the best turkey production during the past two years, while west-central and southwest sections have also done relatively well.
Turkey numbers in northeastern Missouri remain below the peak seen in the early 2000s.