Managed Deer Hunt Applications Now Open
It's time for Missouri deer hunters to apply for managed hunts, and the Missouri Department of Conservation makes the process easy with either a telephone or internet-connected computer.
From July 1 through Aug. 15, hunters can apply for one of Missouri's 71 managed deer hunts by calling 800/829-2956 between 4 a.m. and midnight seven days a week. The other option is to log onto www.missouriconservation.org/hunt/deer and select "managed deer hunt information and registration." Telephone applications are easy with the Conservation Department's interactive voice response (IVR) system.
To apply by phone you need a touch-tone telephone, your conservation identification number and the information contained in the 2003 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Information booklet. The booklet is available from hunting permit vendors statewide. The information also is available online at www.missouriconservation.org under key words "deer hunt."
All applications received by the Aug. 15 deadline will receive the same consideration as those filed earlier. Successful applicants will receive notices of their selection by mail. After Sept. 10, all applicants can check the status of their applications on the IVR system or the Conservation Department Web page using their Conservation I.D. numbers.
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 for which they are issued. In some hunts, up to three deer may be taken, and in one hunt, four deer are allowed.
New this year, youngsters also apply for the youth-only managed deer hunts on the internet or IVR system. In the past only paper applications were accepted for those hunts. For full details on how to apply for youth-only deer hunts see the 2003 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Information booklet for details.