Gov. Jay Nixon joined thousands of Missourians in an annual tradition on Monday (April 18): the opening day of spring turkey season. Nixon spent opening morning in the woods in Pulaski County and harvested a mature gobbler. The bird weighed in at 24 pounds, with one-inch spurs and a 10-inch beard.

“Spring turkey season is a tradition for thousands of families in every corner of Missouri, and it’s an important part of our heritage here in the Show-Me State,” Nixon said. “There’s no better way to spend a beautiful spring morning than enjoying the solitude of the Missouri outdoors.”