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May 11, 2023Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

MDC releases preliminary turkey hunting numbers


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows turkey hunters shot and killed 41,970 birds during Missouri’s 2023 regular spring turkey season, April 17 through May 7.

Young turkey hunters also hunted 2,566 turkeys over the youth weekend, April 1st and 2nd, bringing the overall 2023 spring turkey harvest to 44,536. That's the highest harvest total since 2016.

Last year, young turkey hunters harvested 2,894 turkeys over the spring youth season and hunters harvested 33,359 during the regular spring season for a 2022 spring season total harvest of 36,253.

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