Spring Managed Hunts

Turkey

When to apply

February 1 through February 28.

Before you apply

  • You must be 11 years old or older by the date of the managed hunt in order to apply.
  • You must be hunter-education certified or exempt prior to the managed hunt.
  • You must be between 11 and 15 to attend a youth managed hunt.
  • Some managed hunts require hunters to attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation. If you cannot attend the orientation, do not apply.
  • You may apply for only one hunt. You may apply for that hunt individually or as a group of two or three hunters. Those applying for a youth-only hunt may apply individually or with one other youth.

How to apply for a spring managed turkey hunt

Step 1: Designate one member of your group to go online. That person must have ready the following information:

  • The number of the preferred hunt.
  • The date, location, and method of the hunt
  • The nine-digit Conservation ID number of each hunter in the group. If you need an ID number, call (573) 522-0107 during regular business hours to have one assigned. Note: A Social Security number is not the same as a Conservation ID number. Your Conservation ID number is located on the front of your Permit Card or the back of your Conservation Heritage Card below the barcode.

Step 2: Go online to the Managed Hunt Application. If you correctly enter all the required information, you will receive a message confirming your application.

Managed Turkey Hunts
Hunt No. Area Name County Dates Pre-Hunt Orientation Date and Time Methods Allowed Quota Odds1 How to Apply
1 Caney Mountain CA2,3 Ozark April 16–22   Archery Only 30 35% Online
2 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles April 16–19   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 10% Online
3 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles April 21–24   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 13% Online
4 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles April 27–30   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 25% Online
5 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles May 3–6   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 21% Online
6 Caney Mountain CA2,3 Ozark April 23–29   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 30 21% Online
7 Caney Mountain CA2,3 Ozark April 30–May 6   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 30 46% Online
8 Coldwater CA – Disabled Hunt Area2,4 Wayne April 16–May 6   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 5 NA Shane Botard, 573-223-4525
9 Forest 44 CA – Jay Henges Range Restricted Portion5,6 St. Louis April 30–May 1 March 29 at 5:30 p.m. Firearms (Shotgun Only) 5 11% Online
10 Peck Ranch CA – inside fenced portion2 Shannon, Carter April 16–22   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 NA Online
11 Peck Ranch CA – inside fenced portion2 Shannon, Carter April 23–29   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 NA Online
12 Peck Ranch CA – inside fenced portion2 Shannon, Carter April 30–May 6   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 NA Online
13 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 16–19   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 20% Online
14 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 21–24   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 18% Online
15 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 27–30   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 35% Online
16 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles May 3–6   Firearms (Shotgun Only) 40 56% Online
17 August A. Busch CA5 St. Charles April 7–8 March 29 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 15 32% Online
18 Burr Oak Woods CA5 Jackson April 7–8 April 6 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 12 38% Online
19 Caney Mountain2,3 Ozark April 7–8   Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 10 56% Online
20 Columbia Bottom CA5 St. Louis April 7–8 March 29 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 4 100%7 Online
21 Columbia Bottom CA5 St. Louis April 16–29 March 29 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 4 80% Online
22 Corry Flatrocks CA Dade April 7–8   Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 2 50% Online
23 Corry Flatrocks CA Dade April 16–26   Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 3 100%7 Online
24 Corry Flatrocks CA Dade April 27–May 6   Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 3 100%7 Online
25 Current River SP5 Shannon April 16–20 April 15 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 12 100%7 Online
26 Current River SP5 Shannon April 23–27 April 22 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 12 100%7 Online
27 Fellows Lake (Springfield City Utilities)5 Greene April 7–8 March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 4 NA Online
28 Fellows Lake (Springfield City Utilities)5 Greene April 23–29 March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 4 NA Online
29 Marais Temps Clair CA5 St. Charles April 16–May 6 March 29 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 2 22% Online
30 Peck Ranch CA – Inside Fenced Portion2 Shannon, Carter April 7–8   Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 10 NA Online
31 Saint Stanislaus CA5 St. Louis April 7–8 March 29 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 3 100%7 Online
32 Saint Stanislaus CA5 St. Louis April 16–29 March 29 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 3 75% Online
33 Weldon Spring CA5 St. Charles April 7–8 March 29 at 6 p.m. Youth Only Firearms (Shotgun Only) 15 100%7 Online

1 Odds of being selected are based on last year's drawings.

2 Managed hunt occurs in a designated area; statewide regulations apply outside the designated area.

3 Hunters permanently confined to a wheelchair may bypass the random draw process, but do not displace others in the random drawing.  Send a request with a statement from a licensed physician to: Managed Turkey Hunts, Missouri Department of Conservation, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. Requests must be received by Feb. 28.

4 Hunters must be permanently confined to a wheelchair to participate. Call 573-223-4525 to apply.

5 Do not apply for this hunt if you can’t attend the mandatory pre-hunt orientation.

6 Only first-time turkey hunters 18 and older who have never acquired a turkey permit are eligible. Hunters will be accompanied by a mentor during the hunt.

7 Because odds are for the previous year, 100 percent odds do not guarantee you will be drawn.

CA = Conservation Area
SP = State Park

How to find out if you've been selected

From March 12 through May 6, go online. Be prepared to enter your nine-digit Conservation ID number (the same ID number you used when you applied). All successful applicants will receive by mail an area map and information regarding the hunt. We must have your correct address to send the information. If your address changes, call the Department during business hours at (573) 522-0107.

Points to remember

  • If you cannot attend, another hunter cannot take your place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn may attend.
  • Individuals not drawn for a managed spring turkey hunt may not accompany a hunter who was successfully drawn.
  • Bag Limit: 1 male turkey or turkey with visible beard. Note: A turkey taken at a managed hunt counts toward the two-bird season limit. For example, if you take a turkey during a managed hunt before April 24, you may not harvest another turkey during the first week of the regular season.

Youth-Only Managed Hunts

Youth-only managed hunts are for youth ages 11–15. Apply online for these hunts. Unlike the regular hunt application, youth may apply only singly or with one other youth. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. Youth who apply for a youth-only hunt may not apply for any other regular, non-youth managed hunt.

Hunter-education certification is required for all successful youth applicants. Minimum age to enroll in a hunter-education course is 11. Hunter-education certification is not required to apply for these youth-only managed hunts, but must be achieved before the pre-hunt orientation, or in the case of Caney Mountain, the actual hunt.

All youth hunters must have an adult sponsor who will hunt with them. Department staff will attempt to find a mentor if the youth does not have one, but cannot guarantee a mentor for each youth hunter. The sponsor must attend the pre-hunt orientation if one is required. The sponsor must have hunter-education certification unless the sponsor was born before Jan. 1, 1967.

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