The numbers are in and this year’s turkey season has seen a marked increase in the number of birds bagged compared to previous years. The regular hunting season ended May 11th with over 43 thousand turkeys checked by hunters. Compared with 2013, that’s an increase of over one thousand birds. Some of the highest numbers came out of the Lake of the Ozarks as Camden County came in at 592 and Laclede County saw hunters check 828 birds. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation some of the reasons behind the good numbers are favorable weather conditions and improvements in turkey production. There were seven firearms related hunting incidents during the regular season, two of which resulted in fatalities.