Washington, MO

Franklin County Named Top Harvest County for Spring Turkey Season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows turkey hunters harvested 34,055 turkeys during the spring season from April 16th through May 6th.  Franklin County was the top harvest county this season with 760 turkeys harvested.  Texas County was next with 732, followed by Laclede County with 657.  Meanwhile, young turkey hunters harvested 1,729 turkeys during the spring season, which brings the overall total to 35,784 birds.  This year’s harvest is down considerably from the 43,339 turkeys taken last spring.  Missouri Department of Conservation biologists indicate the lower harvest is due primarily to lower production in recent years.  Poor weather during opening day and the youth season also negatively impacted the harvest numbers.


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