Missouri Hunting News

Archery and Firearm Deer Seasons May Include Point Restrictions
The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved 2004 deer hunting regulations that include 15 extra days of archery hunting and expand the length and area of the urban portion of firearms deer season. This year's regulations also establish two pilot areas to test the effectiveness of antler point restrictions in increasing the doe harvest.
2003 Deer Harvest Tops 290,000
Missouri's 2003 deer harvest topped 290,000, setting a record but falling short of the Conservation Department's goals for doe harvest.
Hunters at High Risk for Boating Deaths
One out of three people who die on the water in the United States each year are hunters or anglers. Nine out of 10 fatal boating accidents involve people who were not wearing life jackets. Most involve men age 30 to 50 -- in the prime of life.
Conservation Department Shooting Ranges Available
Wintertime, and the living is . . . boring! No matter how much we love to curl up with a good book or surf the Internet, at times between New Year's Day and April Fool's Day most of us feel the need to get outdoors. When cabin fever strikes, some of the closest opportunities are found at shooting ranges operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Firearms Deer Harvest Up
Missouri's 2003 firearms deer season had some ups and downs, but the final tally shows that hunters bagged 254,367 deer. That is up almost three percent from last year's record harvest of 247,826.
Final Deer Tally Down from Last Year
Deer hunters bought more permits than last year, but weather helped hold down the number of deer killed. Unseasonably warm weather the first week of firearms deer season and rainy conditions the second weekend combined to keep Missouri's November deer harvest below the record set in 2002.
Urban and Youth Hunts Harvest 9,000 Deer
Hunters checked 9,054 deer during Missouri's third youth-only firearms deer season Nov. 1 and 2. That is 1,474 more than last year's record youth harvest of 7,580. Hunters age 6 to 15 can take part in the youth hunt.
Carelessness Causes Most Treestand Accidents
Each fall, hunters in Missouri and across the nation suffer injuries in falls from tree stands. A few die or are permanently disabled. To find out how such accidents happen, the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) went to the ultimate experts--hunters who have taken spills from tree stands. Their answers could help other hunters stay safe.
Mountain Lion Younger than First Thought
A detailed examination of a mountain lion killed near Fulton last week showed the animal was younger than first thought. The 105-pound mountain lion (also known as a cougar) died when it was struck by an automobile on Highway 54 shortly before midnight Aug. 11.
Special Events Offer Deer Hunting for Mobility Impaired
Hunters who might ordinarily have trouble taking part in deer season will have access to special deer hunting opportunities at seven public areas this fall and winter.