As 2010 winds down, some Missouri hunters wish to plan their vacation time for 2011 around turkey and deer seasons.
The Conservation Commission met on December 16 -- 17 and approved some season dates that should assist with your scheduling. Here are those approved dates:
Spring: Youth -- 04/09/2011 -- 04/10/2011
Regular -- 04/18/2011 -- 05/08/2011
Fall -- 10/01/2011 -- 10/31/2011
Firearms season: November Portion -- 11/12/2011 - ?
The only date currently available for the 2011 deer seasons is the opening date for the November portion of the firearms season. Season dates and regulations each year are dependent on review of data from the previous season.
Because the 2010 deer harvest is ongoing, the number and composition of this season's harvested deer is not yet known.
Other data such as hunter and landowner surveys, number of deer/vehicle accidents, feedback from hunters, crop depredation reports and deer population estimates are not yet available.
The remaining dates for each portion of next year's deer seasons should be available by late April of 2011.
Details of the seasons and regulations will be incorporated into the 2011 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, which should be available around the first of July.