From the Missouri Department of Conservation
-- Turkey hunters have until March 11 to apply for managed hunts during Missouri’s 2010 spring turkey season.
Missouri hosts special spring turkey hunts at August A. Busch, Bois D’Arc, Caney Mountain and Weldon Spring conservation areas and at Current River State Park (SP) and Smithville Lake, which are allocated by random drawing.
This is the first year for the Current River SP hunt. Also for the first time this year, all 18 hunts are listed in the spring turkey hunting information guide. The booklet, including detailed application instructions, is online at http://mdc.mo.gov/7498. The print version will be available from hunting permit vendors statewide in February.
Hunters may apply individually or in groups of up to three. An individual applying as a member of a party has the same chance of being drawn as someone who applies alone. Successful applicants will receive notice of their hunt dates and other information by mail. Drawing results will be posted March 26 at http://mdc.mo.gov/7498.
Besides the 12 events open to all hunters, this year’s offerings include managed hunts for archers, youths age 11 through 15 and for persons with disabilities. All take place during the youth turkey season April 10 and 11 or the regular turkey season April 19 through May 9.
The number of hunters allowed to take part in managed hunts ranges from 10 to 40. Participants in some youth hunts and the disabled hunt at Smithville Lake must complete a pre-hunt orientation. Consequently, hunters are urged not to apply for the hunts if they cannot attend the orientation.
The bag limit for managed hunts is one male turkey or turkey with visible beard. Turkeys taken during a managed hunt count toward the season limit of two. Hunters who shoot a turkey during a managed hunt before April 26 may not take another during the first week of the regular turkey season.
All-terrain vehicles are prohibited on areas with managed turkey hunts.
The 2010 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet also contains a table listing conservation areas where turkey hunting is allowed, and information about area regulations.