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MDC Requests Feathers From Fall Turkey Harvest

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