MDC is asking Missouri turkey hunters to save and share feathers from birds they harvest this fall for a research project to improve wild turkey management in Missouri. (Missouri Department of Conservation photo)

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking Missouri turkey hunters to save and submit feathers from birds they harvest this fall for a research project that will improve our ability to estimate turkey abundance across Missouri.

Hunters who successfully harvest a turkey during either the Archery Deer and Turkey Season or Fall Firearms Turkey Season can voluntarily submit feathers from their turkey at no cost.

Interested hunters are asked to retain a wing and 3-5 feathers from the breast after telechecking their turkey. They will then be mailed a feather submission packet, including a postage-paid return envelope to submit feathers at no cost.

To receive a feather submission packet, hunters must register to participate at mdc.mo.gov/turkeyfeathers.

For more information on turkey hunting in Missouri, visit MDC online at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.