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.

2019 Managed Spring Turkey Hunts

Archery (1 hunt—longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, crossbow, or atlatl only)
Hunt No. Area Name County Date Pre-Hunt Orientation Date/Time Quota Odds1 How to Apply
1 Caney Mountain CA2,3 Ozark April 15-21   30 55% Online
Firearms (15 hunts—shotgun only)
Hunt No. Area Name County Date Pre-Hunt Orientation Date/Time Quota Odds1 How to Apply
2 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles April 15-18   40 12% Online
3 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles April 20-23   40 18% Online
4 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles April 26-29   40 20% Online
5 August A. Busch CA3 St. Charles May 2-5   40 45% Online
6 Caney Mountain CA2,3 Ozark April 22-28   30 34% Online
7 Caney Mountain CA2,3 Ozark April 29-May 5   30 60% Online
8 Coldwater CA( Managed Disabled Hunt Area)2,6 Wayne April 15 - May 5   6 NA Phone
9 Forest 44 CA (Jay Henges Range Restricted Portion)4,5 St. Louis April 29-April 30 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation from 5:30 p.m., March 29. 5 17% Online
10 Peck Ranch CA (Inside Refuge Fence)2 Carter/Shannon April 15-21   40 40% Online
11 Peck Ranch CA (Inside Refuge Fence)2 Carter/Shannon April 22-28   40 58% Online
12 Peck Ranch CA (Inside Refuge Fence)2 Carter/Shannon April 29-May 5   40 100% Online
13 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 15-18   40 22% Online
14 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 20-23   40 30% Online
15 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 26-29   40 25% Online
16 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles May 2-5   40 28% Online
Youth-Only Firearms for Ages 11–15 (16 hunts—shotgun only)
Note: Hunter-education certification is required, see box on Page 17.
Hunt No. Area Name County Date Pre-Hunt Orientation Date/Time Quota Odds1 How to Apply
17 August A. Busch CA4 St. Charles April 6-7 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 8 a.m., March 30. 15 48% Online
18 Burr Oak Woods CA4 Jackson April 6-7 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6 p.m., April 5. 10 57% Online
19 Caney Mountain CA2,3 Ozark April 6-7   10 100% Online
20 Charles W. Green CA 4,7   April 6-7, April 15-May 5 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6 p.m., April 4. 6 NA Phone
21 Columbia Bottom CA4 St. Louis April 6-7 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 8 a.m., March 30. 4 100% Online
22 Columbia Bottom CA4 St. Louis April 15-28 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 8 a.m., March 30. 4 80% Online
23 Corry Flatrocks CA Dade April 6-7   2 100% Online
24 Corry Flatrocks CA Dade April 15-24   3 100% Online
25 Corry Flatrocks CA Dade April 25 - May 5   3 100% Online
26 Fellows Lake4 Springfield April 6-7 Madatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6:30 p.m., March 27 4 50% Online
27 Fellows Lake4 Springfield April 20-28 Madatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6:30 p.m., March 27 4 100% Online
28 Marais Temps Clair CA4 St. Charles April 15-May 5 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 8 a.m., March 30. 2 67% Online
29 Peck Ranch CA (Inside Refuge Fence)2 Carter/Shannon April 6-7   10 50% Online
30 Saint Stanislaus CA4 St. Louis April 6-7 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 8 a.m., March 30. 3 100% Online
31 Saint Stanislaus CA4 St. Louis April 15-28 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 8 a.m., March 30. 3 100% Online
32 Weldon Spring CA4 St. Charles April 6-7 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 8 a.m., March 30. 15 100% Online

CA=Conservation Area

SP = state park

Footnotes

  1. Odds of being selected are based on last year’s drawings.
  2. Managed hunt occurs in a designated area; statewide regulations.
  3. Hunters permanently confined to a wheelchair may bypass the random drawing but do not displace others in the drawing. Send a request along with a statement from a licensed physician to: Managed Turkey Hunts, MO Dept of Conservation, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 64102-0180. Requests must be received by Feb. 28.
  4. Do not apply if you can’t attend the pre-hunt orientation.
  5. Only first-time hunters 18 or older who have never acquired a turkey permit are eligible. Hunters will be accompanied by a mentor during the hunt.
  6. Hunters must be permanently confined to a wheelchair to participate. Call 573-223-4525 to apply.
  7. Only first-time turkey hunters ages 11-15 at the time of the hunt who have never Telechecked a turkey may apply for this hunt. To apply, contact Justin McGuire at 573-815-7900 ext. 2866 no later than 5pm on March 1, 2019.

How to find out if you've been selected

From March 12 through May 6, check the Managed Hunts Draw Results. 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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