ROLLA — When Nick Girondo first looked at his family calendar this spring, he struggled to find a time to get everyone out turkey hunting during the 22-day season.
“With sports and other things going on, we probably would have got out one day at the most, the way planning was going with family events,” he said.
But when the coronavirus pandemic came to Missouri, those events were canceled and the family went hunting.
The Girondos weren’t alone. Missouri saw a huge increase in hunting activity this turkey season. Regular hunters came out more often, almost 20,000 new hunters tried out the sport, and the number of birds youth hunters took in was up by more than 10 percent.