IMNE-LNW-PWEE 20 May 2009
MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD
SUBJECT: Results of turkey hunting season: Spring 2009
Spring turkey hunters harvested a total of 53 turkeys on Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) during the
Missouri Spring Turkey Seasons in 2009. One youth hunter on FLW harvested a gobbler during
the Youth Season 4-5 April and FLW hunters harvested 52 turkeys during the Regular Spring
Season which ran from 20 April – 10 May, 2009.
The FLW Outdoor Adventure Center sold 249 turkey hunting stamps this spring. Of all the
harvested birds, 48 were adult gobblers and five were one-year olds or jakes. Of the 48 adult
gobblers, hunters reported that nine had spurs less than one inch indicating that they were likely
two-year old birds whereas the other 39 were reported to have spurs one inch or longer
indicative of three-year or older gobblers. Thirteen hunters successfully harvested the limit of
two turkeys on FLW during the three week Regular Season.
Since 2005, deer and turkeys harvested within Missouri for all deer and turkey hunting seasons
are recorded in the telecheck system operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation
(MDC) where hunters call in, or record through the internet, each of their deer and turkey
harvests. MDC added an additional recording for FLW in September, 2006 as part of the
telecheck system to gain reliable numbers for deer and turkey harvested on FLW.
The 2009 statewide total for the Youth and Regular Seasons combined was 44,713 which is the
lowest harvest since 1997 when Missouri had the last two-week only Spring Turkey Season.
This year’s lower harvest numbers were attributed to low acorn production in 2007 and 2008,
erratic spring weather and lower overall nesting success for the past several years due to cold
and wet weather during nesting time.
The Pulaski County total harvest during the Regular Season was 443 birds (342 adult gobblers,
93 jakes, and 8 bearded hens) which was up 9% over 2008 total of 405 turkeys harvested.
These numbers correspond with the increased harvest on FLW this Spring – up from a total of
30 turkeys in 2008 and 46 turkeys in 2007.
On FLW busy military training schedules made Hunting Area availability limited again this spring
but availability was similar to the past several years. Daily check-in to Hunting Areas is a
requirement on FLW but some hunters were able to make use of the FLW Hunting and Fishing
website for daily check-in to obtain access passes though Range Control.
The FLW Spring turkey harvest was actually higher than anticipated due to poor hatches and
acorn production during the past several years. Turkeys are resilient and population numbers
will naturally fluctuate up and down over the years. FLW supports ideal habitat and with
expectations of reasonable weather during the nesting season we have the potential for high
recruitment of young birds and the prospects of continued high harvest levels during upcoming
DPW Natural Resources Branch