SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Fall turkey season begins Saturday in Missouri and runs through October. It could be a good one for hunters because more birds are available.
Missouri turkey hunters bagged 38,000 birds this spring, down almost 10 percent from last year. The drop is blamed on a poor hatch the past several years because of cold and wet temperatures during the late spring and early summer. Warm weather this year, however, led to the biggest hatch in nearly a decade and fall turkey hunters are thrilled.
"It gets me excited. It gives you a better opportunity to take a bird in the spring or in the fall; larger number of birds, the better odds you have," said turkey hunter Chris Jasumback.
Jasumback already knows he's got his work cut out for him trying to hunt a turkey in the fall.
"Spring turkey hunting -- you're trying to get the gobblers to come to hens. In the fall you're breaking the turkeys up and trying to call them back to you. It's way different," said Jasumback.