For the fall season, which ran from October 1st through the 31st, just over 5,900 turkeys were checked across the state. That number includes almost 3,900 hens. Greene County had 199 turkeys checked in the 2010 season to lead the state. Franklin County had 157 for second, Webster County comes in third with 154.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says the fall harvest peaked back in 1987 when hunters checked over 28,000 birds.
The department says turkey populations have not dropped but the number of hunters has. There were 13, 000 permits issued this year, down from a peak of 50,000. The department of conservation says the largest contributing factor to the drop in the number of hunters may be the increased interest in archery deer hunting.