According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 4,060 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, Saturday, April 8 Sunday, April 9.

According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 4,060 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, Saturday, April 8 Sunday, April 9.

The top harvest counties were Franklin with 118 birds harvested, Callaway with 91 and Gasconade with 87. Young hunters checked 4,167 turkeys during last year's youth weekend.

For county-specific information on turkey harvest information, visit MDC online at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/ .

For more information on the upcoming regular spring turkey hunting season, April 17 – May 7, get a copy of MDC’s “2017 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information” booklet, available where permits are sold, or go online to huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey .

Hunters who harvest their first turkey can have the accomplishment recognized through a special certificate from MDC, complete with photo. Learn more at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/trophies-certificates/certificates .

Hunters can brag a bit about their harvest by posting pics on the MDC Bragging Board at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/trophies-certificates/hunting-bragging-board .