The Missouri Department of Conservation wants input from turkey hunters on possible changes to spring and fall wild turkey hunting seasons, including all-day spring hunting and reduced harvest limits for fall seasons.
The Department says Missouri’s spring turkey hunting season, and particularly the start of the season, was designed to take place after the peak in turkey breeding had occurred. The research indicates that the current season structure, combined with the reproductive ecology of turkeys, has resulted in relatively low harvest rates on juvenile and adult gobblers over the years.
The Department says extending shooting hours during the spring season may provide more incentives for individuals to either return to turkey hunting or take up turkey hunting.
The goal for the changes to the fall turkey hunting regulations are to balance the wellbeing of the turkey population while trying to maximize hunting opportunities.
MDC encourages turkey hunters to go online to mdc.mo.gov/turkey-regs for more information on potential regulation changes and to provide comment. The comment period closes Oct. 6.