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This year's youth turkey season is the second weekend in April.

JEFFERSON CITY-For hunters who get chills when they hear a turkey gobble, the
opening of spring turkey season is Christmas and Thanksgiving wrapped up in one
wonderful package. For Missouri youths, the holidays come extra early this year
because of a fluke in the calendar.

Since Missouri instituted its two-day youth spring turkey hunting season in
2003, the event has started nine days before the regular season opens. This
year, however, this would have put young hunters and their adult companions in
the woods Easter weekend. To avoid conflict with traditional family activities,
the Missouri Conservation Commission moved the youth hunt back one weekend, to
April 8 and 9.

That means this year's youth season will open 16 days before the regular season.
This is great news for young hunters, who are more likely to hear lots of
gobbling during their special season.

The amount of gobbling hunters hear always depends heavily on weather. Cold,
rainy or windy conditions make gobblers less vocal. April weather is so
changeable that a one-week shift in the youth season does not make much
difference in the prospects for good weather. However, another factor will work
in young hunters' favor this year.

Missouri's regular spring turkey season always opens on the Monday nearest April
21. This arrangement is intended to give turkeys plenty of time to breed
undisturbed while still allowing hunters to be in the woods when male turkeys
are actively gobbling.

Gobbling and other mating behaviors are triggered mainly by changes in light. It
isn't unusual to hear the first gobbles on a sunny January morning, as birds
respond to increasing day length. Gobbling reaches a crescendo the first week in
April, when male turkeys are fully fired up and hens are just becoming ready to
mate.

Gobbling becomes less frequent around the middle of April, when hens are
receptive to gobblers' advances. During this time, hens lay an egg a day and
visit gobblers often to ensure that eggs are fertilized. Gobblers don't have to
be so vocal to attract mates during this period.

Toward the end of April, however, most hens finish laying eggs and begin
incubating them. Finding themselves suddenly without much female companionship,
toms gobble more frequently to attract the few remaining receptive hens.

April 21 is the long-term average date of the second gobbling peak. The timing
of Missouri's three-week spring turkey season is designed to give hunters from
northern to southern Missouri the best chance of being in the woods during the
second peak in gobbling activity.

"Moving the youth season back a week puts the season right in the midst of the
first gobbling peak," said Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer, who oversees the
state's turkey management program. "That means kids should hear a lot of
gobbling, all things being equal."

But Beringer cautioned that all years are not equal. The exact timing of the
first and second peaks in gobbling activity depends on weather and other, even
less predictable factors. Warm, sunny weather can set turkeys' mating calendar
forward as much as a week, while cold, rainy conditions can ****** the process
by a week. Local conditions also can have a profound effect on gobbling.

"Sometimes you go out and hear lots of gobbling, and you think 'This is the
second peak of gobbling.' Then you go a few miles away and you don't hear
anything. Turkeys are a law unto themselves. That's part of why hunting them is
so fascinating. No one ever completely figures out turkey behavior."

Adult hunters will have to wait longer than usual to pursue gobblers this
spring. To maximize turkey breeding success and hunting opportunities,
Missouri's spring turkey season opens on the Monday nearest April 21. This means
that in some years, including last year, turkey season opens as early as April
18. In others, like this year, it dictates an opening date as late as April 24.
 

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That's great!!:eek: The regular season should open that Monday following the Youth season instead of two weeks later too.

Jack
 

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I sure agree. Youth portion should be some hot action. :eek:
 

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I think the idea of youth season it great, there's nothing we need more as hunters then to the get young people involved in our sport so it doesn't slowly fade away, but unfortunatley I also know quite a few adults who take advantage of this to just kill another animal themselves. Was just wondering if this is a problem anywhere else?:soapbox:
 

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No I mean they take a youth out with them but the adult does all the shooting instead of letting the youth do it and learning from their own mistakes.
 

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yeah aj im sure it happens, as does people tagging other peoples deer / turkey etc... not much is gonna stop those peeps but as long as every person trys to teach the good hunting ethics to atleast 1 person they encounter, soon the problem will disappear...
 

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I cant wait........let my newphew get a chance at his 1st bird.....I will enjoy the moment prolly alot more than he will. Best part he's only 7 and my sis has him as a st. louis city boy....not if I get my way.:eek::rotfl:
 

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I'm taking my 11 year old grandaughter and I enjoy taking her much more than the later hunt by myself. I get to see the excitement in her eyes that was once visible in my own. So if any of you have the opportunity take a kid turkey hunting. The one sure fire way to get a kid interested in hunting. Hearing a big ole Tom gobblin' has no comparison in the woods.:cheers:

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My daughter and I will be out there, her being 15...turning 16 in July, this will be her last youth hunt....I guess I'll have to go out and rent me a kid after this one.....really fun tradition!!!
 

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This will be Bryan's last youth hunt also. Like Jack, I enjoy it more than hunting myself.They just grow too fast.
 

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Originally posted by fireman_3311
My daughter and I will be out there, her being 15...turning 16 in July, this will be her last youth hunt....I guess I'll have to go out and rent me a kid after this one.....really fun tradition!!!
fireman you can take me:wave:
 

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Originally posted by coyotekilller
Originally posted by fireman_3311
My daughter and I will be out there, her being 15...turning 16 in July, this will be her last youth hunt....I guess I'll have to go out and rent me a kid after this one.....really fun tradition!!!
fireman you can take me:wave:
Hey, we might be able to work out a trade, got anyplace we can chase em in KS???
 
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