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Young hunters take 2,712 turkeys over youth weekend

Young hunters take 2,712 turkeys over youth weekend

By Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data shows young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 2,712 birds over the past youth weekend, April 4 and 5. Top harvest counties were Miller with 74 birds checked, Franklin with 62, and Callaway and Sainte Genevieve with 60 each.

Young hunters checked 2,546 turkeys during the 2019 spring youth weekend. Get more harvest information by county online.

The regular spring turkey season remains open as scheduled and runs April 20 through May 10.

Flood-prone areas in southeast Missouri will be closed to all hunting during spring turkey season when river levels exceed certain limits on local river gauges. To see if an area is closed for hunting click here.

With the current public-health emergency caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), MDC reminds people to continue to heed recommendations for hand washing, physical distancing, and all other public-health measures during outdoor activities. MDC advises people to make outdoor activities as safe and enjoyable as possible.

If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay home for your health and the safety of others. Travel in a small group of 10 people or fewer. If a conservation area looks crowded or an area parking lot is full, please do not stop and find another less-crowded location.

Keep a proper physical distance of at least six feet while visiting areas and especially on trails. Avoid popular spots where people congregate, such as scenic overlooks, group campgrounds, etc. Pack water, soap and/or hand sanitizer.

Visit the MDC COVID-19 webpage for updates on facility and office closures, cancellations, hunting and fishing seasons, and general information on public-health measures while in the outdoors.

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