Hunters who have ever wished they could hunt deer in a state park, a national wildlife refuge or a nature preserve, now is their chance.
They can pick up a phone or go online and apply for a spot in one of the 86 managed deer hunts administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation this fall.
The application period for the hunts opened July 1 and will remain open through Aug. 15.
Hunters can apply by calling 800-829-2956. The service is available from 4 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.
A touch-tone phone is needed to apply by telephone. Callers must use touch-tone phone pads to punch in their nine-digit conservation ID numbers and two- or three-digit hunt codes.
To complete the application process, they need their conservation identification number. This can be found on previous permits or on the back of Conservation Heritage cards by the bar code. Hunters who don't have a conservation identification number can call 573-751-4115, and one will be assigned to them.
The other option is to log onto www.missouriconservation.org/hunt/deer. Everything needed, other than the Conservation Heritage card number, is there.
According to the MDC, all applications received by the Aug. 15 deadline receive the same consideration. Successful applicants will receive notices of their selection by mail. Hunters can check the status of their applications on the Conservation Department Web page after Sept. 11.
Only a resident or nonresident managed deer hunting permit is valid at a managed deer hunt. The number of deer that may be taken with a single permit depends on the hunt. In some, up to three deer may be taken, and in one hunt, four deer are allowed.