It’s officially spring turkey season in NEMO. I saw a pretty big turkey scurrying along the side of the road Saturday near Mark Twain Lake, and our political reporter Doug Wilson, a Knox County resident and an avid hunter, has taken a few days off to hunt turkeys in our corner of the state.
Gov. Jay Nixon joined in the sport Monday, the official opening day of turkey season, by bagging a 24-pound gobbler near Fort Leonard Wood in southern Missouri, according to a release this morning.
While it would be terrific if Nixon would do a little turkey hunting up this way, our governor, also an avid hunter, usually gives Northeast Missouri love at the beginning of deer season. For the last two years, he’s kicked off that late fall tradition in Clark County. He usually donates his deer to a program that collects deer meat for less fortunate Missourians. No word on whether he’ll do so with Monday’s turkey.
I don’t personally have much desire to shoot animals for sport, but I can agree with hunters on one thing, as perfectly stated by Nixon in this morning’s release: “There’s no better way to spend a beautiful spring morning than enjoying the solitude of the Missouri outdoors.”