Turkeys proving more difficult in colder weather for young hunters | State News

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JEFFERSON CITY — A drop in temperatures caused a decrease in turkey hunting at this year’s youth hunting season April 7 and 8, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Young hunters between the ages of 6 and 15 killed 1,723 turkeys over the weekend, according to data from the department. This number is significantly less than last year’s total of more than 4,000 turkeys. 

Franklin County hunters took home the most turkeys, with 51. Miller and Maries counties tied for second with 43 turkeys each.

Conservation Department Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said colder temperatures this year has made turkey hunting much more difficult so far. Young hunters couldn’t spend as much time outside hunting because of the low temperatures, he said, and the cold weather has made the turkeys stay grouped together, which makes for more difficult hunting. 

“When turkeys are still flocked up as they are in much of the state right now, it can make for some very challenging hunting,” Isabelle said. “With warmer temperatures in the forecast, hunting conditions should be much more favorable for the upcoming regular spring turkey season.”

The spring hunting season will be from April 16 to May 6.





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