Missouri Hunting News

Final Round of CWD disease Tests Produces Good News
Results from the third and final round of testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri show no sign of the disease. State officials say they will continue testing for the wildlife disease when sickly animals turn up.
State Officials Delighted with Spring Turkey Harvest
Harvest statistics from Missouri's 2005 spring turkey hunting season show biologists were correct in predicting a less-than-record harvest. With slightly better weather, however, hunters might have proved the experts wrong.
State Officials Delighted with Spring Turkey Harvest
Harvest statistics from Missouri's 2005 spring turkey hunting season show biologists were correct in predicting a less-than-record harvest. With slightly better weather, however, hunters might have proved the experts wrong.
First Week's Turkey Harvest Down as Predicted
Missouri turkey hunters bagged 3,032 fewer turkeys during the first week of the spring hunting season, confirming predictions from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Record Turkey Harvest Unlikely This Year
Fifty-one years after it began, Missouri's wild turkey restoration program finally seems to be on the verge of ultimate success. That good news comes with a caveat. This may be as good as it gets.
Mark Twain Lake Physically Challenged Turkey Hunt
Mobility-impaired hunters can get help realizing their turkey-hunting dreams through the annual Mark Twain Lake Turkey Hunt for the Physically Challenged. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and manages Mark Twain Lake, works with local community groups to make the hunt April 30 and May 1 at Indian Creek Recreation Area a memorable experience.
Meat Lockers Depend on Annual Deer Harvest
Mike Wyss and his employees at the Russellville Locker and Feed Plant are breathing a sigh of relief these days. Between mid-November and the end of December, they did about a quarter of their annual business. The pace was frantic, but Wyss isn't complaining. Without the flurry of business provided by deer hunting season, he would have a much harder time keeping his business in the black.
Archers Add to Deer-Harvest Record
Bowhunters checked a record 35,988 deer during the 2005 archery deer season, boosting the year's already ample deer harvest even higher. The archery deer harvest tops last year's total by 2,328. Top archery deer harvest counties were Franklin with 972 deer checked, Boone with 868 and Jackson with 701.
Fishing & Hunting Regulation Changes Take Effect March 1
Hunters will have 16 extra days to chase turkeys this fall. Anglers will be allowed to use green frogs and bullfrogs as fishing bait. Target shooters will find new hours at ranges on some conservation areas. Those are a few of the Missouri hunting and fishing regulation changes that will go into effect March 1.
NRA Issues Youth Hunter Education Challenge
Young Missourians who have completed hunter education training can show what they have learned at regional Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) events throughout the state in March and April.