State turkey season expected to fall short

3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago Thursday, September 24 2020 Sep 24, 2020 Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:45:00 AM CDT September 24, 2020 in News
By: Halle Upshaw, KOMU Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - With fall firearms turkey season running Oct. 1 - 31 and archery turkey season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) advises turkey hunters it could be another challenging season.

While hunts began to yield more throughout much of the state from about 2009 to 2014, Missouri has had poor counts over the last several years.

“Based on the preliminary data, hunters can expect some regional variation in productivity this year with the slightly better hatches occurring in counties along the Missouri River in central and east Missouri and the slightly poorer hatches occurring in southwest Missouri,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl.

MDC is asking Missouri turkey hunters to save and share feathers from birds they harvest this fall as part of a new research project to help improve wild turkey management in Missouri.

Turkey hunters who want to participate in the MDC research project can get more information and provide their mailing address at mdc.mo.gov/turkeyfeathers.

Hunters can also email MDC’s Wild Turkey Management Program at WildTurkeyMgmt@mdc.mo.gov.

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