SIKESTON -- The spring turkey season numbers are in for Mississippi and Scott Counties. Hunters in Mississippi County harvested 20 birds during the spring season. During the youth season, three turkeys were taken.
In Scott County, 94 turkeys were taken during the spring season. During the youth season, 11 birds were harvested. this compares to the top counties in the state, with Texas County at 946 birds, Franklin at 902 birds and Macon at 873 birds.
Free fishing days will be June 10-11. During that weekend, the requirement for a fishing permit on state waters is lifted. Regulations concerning length and creel limits are still in effect during the weekend. If you plan to get out during the weekend, make sure to take the kids and enjoy the day. Ditches in Southeast Missouri still are considered hot spots among locals for fishing; remember to obtain permission before entering on someone else's property. You can fish on the roadways because they are public.
Frog gigging season starts on its usual time at sunset June 30. The daily limit remains at eight bullfrogs and green frogs combined. Frogs may be taken from Missouri Department of Conservation lands, but firearms cannot be used on Department lands to take frogs.
Soft shell turtle season starts on July 1. Common snapping turtles (larger heads) may be taken year around. Alligator snappers are an endangered species and may not be taken during any time of year.
Boating during the holiday is a very popular outing. Keep it safe and make sure everyone aboard has a floatation device. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
If you have any questions or information, you can contact your local conservation agent.