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Missouri Conservation Commission sets 2010 turkey seasons

From the Missouri Department of Conservation

-- The Missouri Conservation Commission has set 2010 spring and fall turkey hunting regulations that mirror 2009 season structures. Spring season dates are the only difference.

The regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season is April 19 through May 9. Other spring turkey hunting regulations remain unchanged from 2009, with a limit of two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beards. Only one bird may be taken from April 19 through 25, and only one bird per day may be taken from April 26 through May 9. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time.

The 2010 Youth Spring Turkey Season is April 10 and 11. Hunters age 6 through 15 who have valid resident or nonresident spring turkey hunting permit may take one male turkey or turkey with visible beard. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, Central Daylight Savings Time.

Hunters will be glad to note that the formula for setting spring turkey seasons has been changed to avoid Easter, which falls on April 4 this year.

Nonresident hunters age 6 through 15 will be able to buy turkey hunting permits for $8.50, the same as young Missourians. These permits entitle youths to take two turkeys, but only one may be taken during the two-day youth hunt. Youths who take a turkey during the youth season may not take another until after April 25.

The 2010 Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet, available online in February, will contain details about a special managed archery turkey hunt, managed firearms hunts and special hunts for youths and people with disabilities.

The 2010 Fall Turkey Hunting Season is Oct. 1 through 31. Two turkeys of either sex may be taken during the fall season. Both may be taken on the same day. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, Central Daylight Savings Time.

The Conservation Commission also approved turkey hunting regulations for conservation areas. These will be published in the 2010 Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet before the spring turkey season.

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