Young turkey hunters harvest 4,441 birds during youth weekend

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that young turkey hunters harvested 4,441 birds during the 2015 spring youth season, April 11 and 12. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 117 birds, Greene with 88, and Cedar with 87. For more harvest information by county, visit the MDC online harvest map at

Young hunters checked 4,328 turkeys during last year's youth weekend.

Hunters age 6 through 15 are allowed to take one male turkey or turkey with a visible beard during the youth season. Those who harvest a turkey during the youth season may not take a second bird until the second week of the regular spring turkey season, which runs April 20 through May 10.

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt. For more information on spring turkey hunting, get a copy of the Department's 2015 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet where permits are sold or online at

Youth and adult hunters who harvest their first turkeys can have the accomplishment recognized through MDC's First Turkey certificate, complete with photo. Learn more to create the certificate at