Missouri spring turkey season gets underway

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Turkey season in Missouri kicked off at 1 half hour before sunrise this morning.

The spring season runs through May 8. With that in mind,  it's time to brush up on a few regulations, and tell you why you might want to carry some string with you into the woods this morning. No, it has nothing to do with getting lost--but it does have something to do with your turkey tag.

First of all remember each day during the spring turkey season--shooting hours end at 1:00 in the afternoon.

As in the past, hunters can harvest two male turkeys with a couple of restrictions. You may only take one turkey during the first week of the season. During the second and third weeks of the season, hunters can take two birds as long as they are not on the same day.

You also must check in your turkey through the Department of Conservation's Telecheck System by 10:00 p.m. on the day the turkey was harvested.

Something new this year is the turkey tag. The Department of Conservation has done away with those peel and stick tags. They've replaced them with a paper tag which you notch the month and the day on the spaces provided on the permit. After you properly notch the permit, you must still attach it to your bird. So make sure you don't forget a piece of string or bread tie when you head out into the woods.

The conservation department recommends keeping your tag in a plastic sandwich bag and attach the bag with the permit inside to the leg of your turkey.

Finally and the most important thing of all, be safe out there. Look out for other hunters and be sure of your target before pulling the trigger.

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