A record 60,151 turkeys were taken this year during the youth and regular spring hunting season – better than last year’s record harvest of about 58,000turkeys. The Conservation Department’s Jim Low says the numbers are great, considering the hunting conditions this year. Low attributes the record harvest to the large number of turkeys in the state. He says the habitat – farm fields and sporadic pieces of timber – is ideal for the birds. Plus, he says Missouri’s short hunting season and half-day hunting hours contribute to more turkeys.