Nathan Poynter killed his first turkey on his grandpa's farm at Cabool. He is the son of Kevin and Alison Reed.

Despite predictions that this year’s spring turkey harvest might decline, first-week figures show an increase in Texas County from last year’s season.

The count was 445, which is up 34 from the same period a year ago. The breakdown, according to Jeff Crites, conservation agent, was adult birds, 369; bearded hens, three; and juvenile gobblers, 73.

Texas County’s total was good enough for a second place in the state. Tops in the state was Franklin County, 462. Callaway County was third with 362.

The count has dwindled over the years in the county. A check of archives shows the kill during the first week 15 years ago was 757.

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