The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has requested turkey hunters save and submit feathers from birds they harvest this fall for a research project. The study seeks to improve the MDC’s ability to estimate turkey abundance across the state.
Hunters who 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. Hunters are asked to retain a wing and 3-5 feathers from the breast after Telechecking the turkey. Upon request, the hunters will 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.