Fall Turkey Harvest Up From Last Year
Firearms turkey hunters had a good fall season this year, bagging 11,743 birds without a hunting mishap.
The total bag for the season Oct. 11 through 24 was 451 more than last year. However, it was 2,744 short of the record set in 2002.
Top counties in harvest totals were Laclede with 195, Adair with 160 and Howell and Wright, which tied for third with 142 birds each.
Regional harvest totals were: Northeast, 1,136; Northwest, 1,134; Southwest, 924; Ozark, 759; Central, 732; Kansas City, 693; Southeast, 629; and St. Louis, 415.
Combined with the spring turkey harvest, the fall kill pushes Missouri's 2004 turkey harvest to 71,894. That is more than any other state. In fact, it is more than hunters in many states bag in 10 years. Only a handful of states harvest even half as many turkeys annually as Missouri.
A total of 23,623 hunters bought permits for this year's fall turkey season. Four hundred thirty-five came from other states, paying $95 for Nonresident Fall Firearms Turkey Hunting Permits. Resident permits cost $13.