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MDC reports spring turkey season ended with 34,593 birds harvested
Top harvest counties for the regular season were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 31,798 birds during Missouri’s 2021 regular spring turkey season, April 19 through May 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 710 birds telechecked, Texas with 666, and Callaway with 639.
Young turkey hunters also harvested 2,795 birds over the youth weekend, April 10 and 11, bringing the overall 2021 spring turkey harvest to 34,593.
Last year, young turkey hunters harvested 2,724 birds during the spring youth season and hunters harvested 38,734 during the regular spring season for a 2020 spring season total harvest of 41,458 birds.
“Spring turkey harvest was down this year, which can partially be explained by a decline in hunting participation,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl. “Last year we saw a big increase in the number of permits sold and there was a subsequent increase in turkey harvest. This year, the permit sales total was closer to what was observed before the 2020 season. When turkey hunting participation declines, we expect to see a subsequent decline in turkey harvest.”
MDC had one report of a non-fatal hunting incident during the 2021 spring turkey season.
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.
For more information about turkey hunting in Missouri, visit MDC online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.​
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MDC reports 2021 spring turkey hunting ended with 34,593 birds harvested. Top harvest counties for the regular season were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway.
Find this and other MDC media releases in our MDC online Newsroom.
 

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Count down has nothing to do with populations per MDC. :D

“Spring turkey harvest was down this year, which can partially be explained by a decline in hunting participation,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl. “Last year we saw a big increase in the number of permits sold and there was a subsequent increase in turkey harvest. This year, the permit sales total was closer to what was observed before the 2020 season. When turkey hunting participation declines, we expect to see a subsequent decline in turkey harvest.”
 
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So we are only down 4000 instead of 6000
 

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Or maybe people are tired of wasting the time on no turkeys on the spots that thrived with Turkeys a few years ago. I bet nonresidents are down also with what I experienced with mushroom season.
 

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Spring turkey harvest remains above 50,000 (2006 Season)

Missouri hunters checked 51,018 turkeys during the season April 24 through May 14. That is a 5 percent decrease from last year's harvest of 53,798 but still the seventh-largest in the 47-year history of Missouri's modern turkey season. Unfavorable weather for hunting and below-average reproduction for the past three years held down this year's harvest. (Missouri Dept. of Conservation photo)
Missouri's spring turkey harvest was strong, despite poor weather for hunting and the past three years' below-average turkey nesting success.

JEFFERSON CITY-Missouri's 2006 spring turkey harvest topped 50,000 for the eighth consecutive year, guaranteeing the Show-Me State's reputation as a turkey hunting Mecca.

Hunters checked 51,018 turkeys during the season April 24 through May 14. That is a 5 percent decrease from last year's harvest of 53,798 but still the seventh-largest in the 47-year history of Missouri's modern turkey season.

Top harvest counties were Texas, where hunters bagged 946 turkeys, Franklin with 902 and Macon with 873. Regional totals were: Northeast, 8,436; Central, 7,577; Northeast, 7,308; Southwest, 6,504; Kansas City, 6,336; Ozark, 6,120; Southeast, 4,771; and St. Louis, 3,966.

The spring turkey harvest is in line with predictions from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer said before the season he expected the statewide harvest total to top 50,000, but that below-average reproduction over the past three years made it unlikely the 2006 harvest would equal last year's. In an interview the day after the season ended, he said unfavorable weather also probably helped hold down this year's harvest.
 

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If you are looking at YOY for 2020 to 2021 it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why the hunter numbers went down. I'm certain that hunter effort also went down because MOST people are back to work. This article, like most of these season summaries, is a big ball of nothing. Hard to believe somebody is paid to write this fluff.
 

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If you are looking at YOY for 2020 to 2021 it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why the hunter numbers went down. I'm certain that hunter effort also went down because MOST people are back to work. This article, like most of these season summaries, is a big ball of nothing. Hard to believe somebody is paid to write this fluff.
I was hoping Tyl wouldn’t provide such drivel for excuses!
 

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My county has gone from 350 turkey killed in 2015 to 200 killed in 2021. This is about what we experienced in the number of gobbles we hear.
It is definitely down, maybe not out, but down dramatically.
 
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In all Honesty its not ALL MDC Fault... You cant Control when landowners tear out brush and other types of Nesting grasses so they can Plant Row Crops...
A LARGE contributing factor in Our County... Where the birds still have places to nest/ roost the turkeys are just fine!
Look at Harrison Co in North Mo. Lots of Crp fields and Brush still. The kill numbers were just fine there with a good amount of Juveniles still harvested indicating a solid hatch.

What they can Control is Tags sold.... Non resident should = Draw at best. Along with Resident . Does anyone remember when you had to Apply for a Bonus Deer Tag???
Maybe go back to Applying for a Turkey tag.
Im fine with it as an Avid Turkey Hunter.
Gobblers being able to Survive into a few seasons and Breed hens will only help.
Eliminate Hen kills in the Fall also IMO.
 

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In all Honesty its not ALL MDC Fault... You cant Control when landowners tear out brush and other types of Nesting grasses so they can Plant Row Crops...
A LARGE contributing factor in Our County... Where the birds still have places to nest/ roost the turkeys are just fine!
Look at Harrison Co in North Mo. Lots of Crp fields and Brush still. The kill numbers were just fine there with a good amount of Juveniles still harvested indicating a solid hatch.

What they can Control is Tags sold.... Non resident should = Draw at best. Along with Resident . Does anyone remember when you had to Apply for a Bonus Deer Tag???
Maybe go back to Applying for a Turkey tag.
Im fine with it as an Avid Turkey Hunter.
Gobblers being able to Survive into a few seasons and Breed hens will only help.
Eliminate Hen kills in the Fall also IMO.
Please elaborate how a draw would help? We are killing less with unlimited tags, so to speak?
 

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In all Honesty its not ALL MDC Fault... You cant Control when landowners tear out brush and other types of Nesting grasses so they can Plant Row Crops...
A LARGE contributing factor in Our County... Where the birds still have places to nest/ roost the turkeys are just fine!
Look at Harrison Co in North Mo. Lots of Crp fields and Brush still. The kill numbers were just fine there with a good amount of Juveniles still harvested indicating a solid hatch.

What they can Control is Tags sold.... Non resident should = Draw at best. Along with Resident . Does anyone remember when you had to Apply for a Bonus Deer Tag???
Maybe go back to Applying for a Turkey tag.
Im fine with it as an Avid Turkey Hunter.
Gobblers being able to Survive into a few seasons and Breed hens will only help.
Eliminate Hen kills in the Fall also IMO.
And this clearing of brush and other types of nesting on order to convert to row crops has happened statewide? Because P:H ratios and populations are suffering all over the state.
 

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In the Northern half of the state the Brush clearing has happen. Especially in this County..
This is just ONE contributing factor to the Declining population. Nesting Predators and Air predators are probably TOP of the list if you want me to Rank them.


The southern Half of the State Biggest factor IMO from Lack of Trapping Racoons because they are worth 2 Dollars.

Years ago at the Beggining of our decline I seen sick birds. I also firmly believe they have a Disease that is like a Bird Distemper they pass around. And just Possibly this could be the Biggest factor is Disease and we arent aware of it..
 

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Can't we all just agree that:
1. Turkey populations far and wide are declining at a significant rate.
2. Missouri still has a very huntable population of turkeys, but only a fraction as many statewide as years ago.
3. Habitat is the key, but there has to be something else or combination of several something elses going on to decrease turkey numbers this quickly in Missouri and other states.

In other words, it's not as bad as some will make you think it is, and it is certainly not as good as at least one person wants you to believe, but it sure would be nice to put a finger on what else besides habitat hunters, MDC and landowners can do to improve future turkey numbers in MO and other states.


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In the Northern half of the state the Brush clearing has happen. Especially in this County..
This is just ONE contributing factor to the Declining population. Nesting Predators and Air predators are probably TOP of the list if you want me to Rank them.


The southern Half of the State Biggest factor IMO from Lack of Trapping Racoons because they are worth 2 Dollars.

Years ago at the Beggining of our decline I seen sick birds. I also firmly believe they have a Disease that is like a Bird Distemper they pass around. And just Possibly this could be the Biggest factor is Disease and we arent aware of it..
Avian pox or other bird-born disease spread by poultry-based fertilizers. I heard secondhand from a biologist that if you map the rapid decline of our quail next to the precipitous drop in turkey populations they are an almost exact mirror
 
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Count down has nothing to do with populations per MDC. :D

“Spring turkey harvest was down this year, which can partially be explained by a decline in hunting participation,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Reina Tyl. “Last year we saw a big increase in the number of permits sold and there was a subsequent increase in turkey harvest. This year, the permit sales total was closer to what was observed before the 2020 season. When turkey hunting participation declines, we expect to see a subsequent decline in turkey harvest.”
Atta boy, turkey-FAN the flames


 

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Maybe MDC collects some nest eggs,gets some poults big enough to release and starts reintroducing in areas that need it most.Surely those birds would take back on a wild demeanor when mixed back in with wild population....couldn't hurt anything
 
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