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Youth hunters harvest record number of turkeys in Missouri

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Young hunters took advantage of the Youth Spring Turkey Season, killing 3,102 birds and completing the two-day season without a single reported hunting accident.The Missouri Conser-vation Commission set aside April 13 and 14 for youngsters 15 and under to hunt wild turkeys. Those 11 and younger had to hunt under the supervision of a hunter-education certified adult.Laclede County led harvest totals with 66 birds brought to check stations. Osage County was second with 63. St. Clair, Henry and Franklin counties tied for third place with 55 birds each.Regionally, hunters checked the most turkeys, 485, in west-central Missouri.Northeastern Missouri was second with 423 birds checked, followed by the northwest (421), east-central (388), central (348), southwest (341), southeast (278), Ozark (258), Kansas City (81), and St. Louis (79).This is the second year that Missouri has offered the youth hunt. Last year, youngsters killed 2,530 birds.Conservation depart-ment officials say they don't expect the youth harvest to affect hunter success during the three-week regular spring turkey season, which opened April 22. They predict that, with favorable weather, the harvest will be comparable to last year's record-setting figure of 57,842 birds.



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