Texas County's harvest numbers for the spring firearms season totaled 700 on Monday morning.

Hunters in Texas County bagged 673 turkeys in the spring season as of Monday night, according to a tally from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The count was: adult gobblers, 526; juvenile gobbler, 137; and bearded hen, 10.

The season ends Sunday. The 2009 count was 839, which was 38 more than the previous year.

Hunters checked 12,970 wild turkeys during the second week of Missouri’s spring turkey season, boosting the two-week tally slightly above last year’s figure.

Hunters killed 21,021 turkeys during the first week of the season. This brings the tally for the first two weeks to 33,991. Hunters checked 32,607 turkeys during the same period last year.

Top counties for the first two weeks of this year’s season were Franklin with 713, Texas with 612 and Ste. Genevieve with 570.

Before the season opened, Resource Scientist Tom Dailey with the Missouri Department of Conservation said he expected a total harvest of 41,000 turkeys during the regular spring season and approximately 3,000 for the youth season, for a spring harvest total of approximately 44,000. The youth season exceeded Dailey’s expectations with a harvest of 3,945 turkeys.

 

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