This past weekend youth turkey hunters were out across the state of Missouri. Preliminary numbers show a lesser number of birds harvested during this period.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), during the 2018 spring youth season, 1,723 turkeys were harvested by youth hunters. This compares to around 4,000 turkeys that were harvested during last year's youth hunt.

In Pettis County, a total of 12 turkeys were harvested. The top harvest counties were Franklin with 51 turkeys, Miller with 43, and Maries with 43. A listing for each county can be found online at this MDC site.

The MDC contributes the low numbers to the unseasonably cold temperatures over the weekend and so far this spring.

According to the the MDC, with warmer weather in the forecast, hunting conditions should be much more favorable for the upcoming regular spring turkey season.

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