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Book explains changes in deer hunting regulations

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hunters will find regulations governing deer hunting on conservation areas a little easier to get a handle on, thanks to changes initiated by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Deer management needs are slightly different at each of the Conservation Department's hundreds of areas. To meet those needs, the agency can adjust season length, legal hunting methods, bag limits and harvest restrictions based on deer sex and antler size. The large number of regulation options and CAs create the potential for a bewildering array of combinations.

"Hunting regulations are complicated enough" said Lonnie Hansen, the Conservation Department's deer biologist. "We don't need to make things any more confusing, so we came up with six regulation packages that cover every conservation area in the state. All you have to do is look at the 2005 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet to find out which package covers the area you want to hunt."

The six regulation packages listed in the regulation guide are:

1. Statewide seasons and limits apply.

2. Only archery methods may be used. Deer hunting with firearms is prohibited. All other statewide seasons and limits apply.

3. Only archery and muzzleloading methods may be used. All other statewide seasons and limits apply.

4. Archery antlerless and firearms antlerless permits may not be used. Antlerless deer may be taken on youth deer and turkey hunting permits, firearms any-deer hunting permits and archer's hunting permits. All other statewide seasons and limits apply.

5. Only antlered deer may be taken during the youth, November and muzzleloader portions of the firearms deer season, and the area is closed to firearms deer hunting during the urban counties and antlerless portions. Archery antlerless permits may not be used. Antlerless or antlered deer may be taken on an archer's hunting permit. All other statewide seasons and limits apply.

6. Archery antlerless and firearms antlerless permits may not be used. The area is closed to firearms deer hunting during the urban counties and antlerless portions. Antlerless deer may be taken on youth deer and turkey hunting permits, firearms any-deer hunting permits and archer's hunting permits. All other statewide seasons and limits apply.

The fall deer and turkey hunting booklet also has a list of CAs that were open for deer hunting in 2004 but are closed this year.



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