to bounce back.
Will trapping and relocating turkeys be used again to replenish populations? Translocation was an effective tool for restoring wild turkey populations to large landscapes completely void of the species. Today there are virtually no suitable areas of significant size that existing turkey populations cannot naturally expand into given favorable weather and adequate reproduction. Given the cost of translocation, it is better to simply allow nature to take its course.
In the meantime, we will continue our comprehensive and annual assessment of appropriate hunting regulations. We monitor and manage our turkey population through science-based research, citizen input and partnerships. We are partnering with the University of Missouri on cutting-edge analysis of past turkey population and harvest data and will revise the turkey management plan with this new information. The Department along with partners such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri will continue our focus on hunting heritage. Because of strong citizen support, there is a bright future for Missouri’s turkey resource.
All turkey enthusiasts have opportunities to contribute to the future of this noble bird. The Department of Conservation partners with the USDA, the National Wild Turkey Federation and other game- and non-game bird organizations to increase crucial nesting and brood-rearing habitat. These habitat programs benefit all wildlife, but most importantly they provide the potential for a turkey rebound.
Although Missouri’s turkey population has declined in some areas, we still have some of the best turkey hunting in the nation, and the Conservation Department and key partners intend to keep it that way