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story.lead_photo.caption Preliminary data from MDC shows that turkey hunters checked 38,777 birds during Missouri's 2019 regular spring turkey season. Photo by Submitted

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows turkey hunters checked 36,231 birds during Missouri's 2019 regular spring turkey season, April 15 through May 5. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 785 birds, Texas with 729 and Callaway with 672. In 2018's spring hunt, 574 birds were harvested in Callaway County, and 697 in 2017.

Young turkey hunters harvested 2,546 birds during the 2019 spring youth season, April 6-7, bringing the overall 2019 spring turkey harvest to 38,777.

Last year, young turkey hunters harvested 1,729 birds during the spring youth season and hunters harvested 34,072 during the regular spring season for a 2018 spring season total harvest of 35,801 birds.

Get more information on this year's spring turkey harvest numbers by county at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/. Get more information on turkey harvest numbers for past 
seasons at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-reports/turkey-harvest-summaries-past-seasons.

MDC had no reports of hunting incidents during the 2019 spring turkey season.

For more information about turkey hunting in Missouri, visit MDC at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

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