and are not sure how turkeys are using the farms.
Scenario 2—Hunting in Expansive Timber
If the area you are hunting is more expansive, a mix of walk-and-call and sit-and-wait works best. Set up and call, and if nothing answers, sit for 45 minutes to an hour, calling every 10 or 15 minutes. If no tom approaches, move over to the next ridge and draw and repeat the process.
- When on the move in the turkey woods, always wear at least a hunter orange hat. A hunter walking through the woods sounds much like a turkey walking. Protect yourself.
- When using a camouflage blind, other hunters cannot see you even if you are wearing hunter orange. To be safe, tie hunter orange on each side of the blind so it can be seen from all sides.
- Colors that should never be worn in the woods while turkey hunting are red, white, blue and black. Hunters may associate these colors with the gobbler.
- To be safe, wrap the bird in hunter orange before carrying it out.
Buy Your Turkey Hunting Permit at Home
As of March 1, you can buy all sport hunting and fishing permits at home online, 24/7, using the new e-Permits system. The system allows you to print permits on your printer and use them immediately. You will not need a color printer to print permits. You can still buy permits from vendors, if you prefer. You also can buy permits by calling toll-free 1-800-392-4115.
Turkey tagging procedures have changed with the change to e-Permits. The main difference is that permits no longer include a removable transportation tag. Instead, the permit itself is the transportation tag. Turkey permits have months printed along one edge and dates on another edge. Hunters will notch the month and day as part of recording their harvested game and attach the permit to the animal. They will continue to check harvested animals through the Telecheck system.
E-Permits are not printed on adhesive-backed material, so hunters will need to provide a means of attaching them to harvested game. Hunters are encouraged to put e-Permits inside zipper-type sandwich bags and attach them to turkeys with string, twist-ties, wire, plastic cable ties or tape. Protecting paper permits in this way will keep them readable and make it easier to write confirmation numbers on them when Telechecking turkeys. You also can print extra copies of permits in case one gets lost or ruined. As always, permits may not be shared and additional copies of a permit DO NOT provide additional valid permits for the buyer or others to use.
The change to e-Permits is part of MDC’s continuing effort to improve services and keep permit costs low in spite of declining revenues. More information about e-Permits is available at www.mdc.mo.gov/node/10900.
2011 Turkey Season Outlook
Although Missouri’s wild turkey population remains strong, the effects of poor reproduction in recent years due to several factors, including persistently bad spring weather, have reduced turkey numbers. As a result, this year’s spring season may be more challenging for hunters than in past years when production was higher and there were more birds on the landscape. Despite lower turkey numbers, Missouri is still widely recognized as offering some of the nation’s best turkey hunting. Each year, Missouri’s turkey harvest is among the highest of any state in the country. Although this year’s harvest is not likely to be as high as those of the early 2000s, hunters can expect some great hunting during the spring season.
This year’s spring turkey season is April 18 through May 8, and the youth season is April 9 through 10. To learn more about spring turkey hunting in Missouri, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/node/132.