Joplin, MO, USA - Experts with the Missouri Department of Conservation say the turkey population is below average. The decrease is because of this year's rainfall and flooding, wiping out nests. Also, when females are nesting and get wet they give off an odor, which increases their chance of being located by a predator.
"Actually here in Southwest Missouri uh we are seeing the lowest poult-to-hen ratio," said Kevin Badgley from the Missouri Department of Conservation. "Uh we are down to about .6 ratio uh which over the state average is .8, so we are actually the most effected areas."
Badgley adds the decrease will also hurt turkey hunting in the spring and years to come.