Spring Turkey Season Lewis County Missouri

2024 Spring Turkey Season

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It’s that time to start thinking about springtime outdoor activities. On top of many peoples list is of course turkey season.  Turkeys are already gobbling most mornings and it is not time to start scouting.  Of course, this year’s turkey season will have one big change for Missouri hunters.  Hunters are now allowed all day hunting on private land. What this means is on private land you can hunt from ½ before sunrise to sunset. Public land hunting hours will still close at 1 pm each day.

Below I have included a complete overview of turkey regulations put together by Clark County Agent Ruddyard Binsbacher.  

Good luck to all of those that go out turkey hunting and remember to take advantage of the youth season April 6th and 7th, to introduce a kid to the outdoors.

2024 TURKEY SEASON OVERVIEW

Youth-Only Season:  April 6 & 7, 2024

Regular Season:  April 15- May 5, 2024

Methods:  Shotgun or longbow/compound bow/crossbow

Shooting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset (Youth Season Only)

Shooting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. on public lands and from ½ hour before sunrise to sunset on private lands (Regular Season)

The youth season is open to hunters 6 thru 15 years of ageNonresident youth may also hunt during the youth season.

Resident and nonresident youth ages 6 thru 15 may purchase a spring turkey hunting permit for $9.00. These permits are also valid during the Regular Season. Resident spring turkey hunting permits for anyone 16 or older are $18.00. Nonresident spring turkey hunting permits for anyone 16 or older are $233.50. Resident landowner permits are free of charge to those who own at least 20 acres in one contiguous tract and are valid only on the land for which they are issued. Nonresident landowner spring turkey hunting permits are $172 and are available to nonresidents who own at least 75 acres in one contiguous tract and are also only valid on the land for which they own. ALL landowner’s must submit information about their property to the Conservation Department by filling out a Landowner Permit Application at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits.

Youth ages 6 thru 15 are not required to be hunter education certified. If the youth is at least 11 years of age, hunter-education certified, and hunting on a resident or nonresident spring turkey permit, he or she may hunt alone. During the youth turkey season, you do not need a permit to assist a properly licensed youth hunter. You must, however, be 18 or older and hunter-education certified or born before January 1, 1967. The adult, however, may not hunt turkey during the youth spring turkey season. During the regular spring turkey season, anyone assisting another hunter must be properly licensed with either a filled or unfilled spring turkey hunting permit.

During the Youth Season, one male turkey or turkey with a visible beard may be taken. During the regular season two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beards may be taken, with the following restrictions:

  • You may take one bird during the first week from April 15 thru 21.
  • If you do not take a bird the first week, you may take two birds during the second or third week from April 22 thru May 5, but you may not take them both on the same day.   
  • Youths who take a turkey during the youth season may not harvest a second bird until April 22nd. This is because the bird taken during the youth season counts as the first bird for the first week of the regular season.  Note: Youth hunters who harvested a bird during the Youth Season may only harvest one bird during the regular season.

Immediately after harvesting a turkey, you must notch your permit.  The bird must then be Telechecked by the taker by 10 p.m. 

For more information refer to the 2024 Spring Turkey Hunting pamphlet, or Lewis County Conservation Agent Jason Vaughn at 5738225178.


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