CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will close the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area to turkey hunting to allow the third stage of the Department's elk restoration project.
Hunters who normally hunt on the area's wildlife refuge portion will need to make alternate plans for the 2013 spring turkey season. The refuge will be closed from April 1 until July 1.
Preston Mabry, the area's manager, says the closure means no turkey hunting Ozark trail hiking, auto tours, hiking, etc. in the refuge.
The closure is to allow for animal health and safety of elk being released and elk calving season.
Hunting is still allowed on approximately 12,000 acres outside the marked refuge fence.
MDC is restoring this once-native species to an area that includes Peck Ranch with the help of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).
Hunters are welcome to hunt outside the refuge. Maps of the area are available at mdc.mo.gov or at the Peck Ranch CA Headquarters. The fenced refuge area is clearly marked, according to Mabry.
Peck Ranch CA in 1945 for wild turkey management by the Missouri Department of Conservation.