JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Conservation Department says the number of turkeys bagged in the spring hunting season was up more than 5% from last year.
The department said Monday that hunters checked about 40,400 turkeys during the regular spring season.
Conservation department spokesman Joe Jerek says the increase was partly due to a large population of young male turkeys, called "jakes." Jerek says jakes made up about 28% of the birds checked this year.
In northeast Missouri, there were 537 turkeys bagged in Macon County, followed by Lincoln County with 432 and Adair County with 416.