Turkey Season Getting Underway In MO, Biologist Say Birds Are Diminishing

(MISSOURINET) – Early data from the state Department of Conservation shows that young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 2,550 birds over youth weekend, April 1 and 2—with the most from Osage County
Regular turkey hunting season gets underway this month, running from April 17 through May 7.
National Wild Turkey Federation district biologist John Burke says the turkey population is decreasing –even in Missouri, the top state for finding Eastern Turkeys.

Burke says there are many reasons for the turkey population decline:

And non-native invasive plants are a problem:

The state department of conservation – and the wild turkey federation – have raised the most money of any state to protect the population—because of the birds’ benefit to the state.