Missouri state parks are set up as wildlife refuges and closed to hunting, unless there are special circumstances. This year five state parks find themselves with these special circumstances and a rare opportunity for hunters. The deer population has exploded, and is wreaking havoc on the ecosystem of the park.
For one weekend in November and in December the state parks will close to all other visitors, allowing only deer hunters into the parks. The deer hunters were selected through a random computer draw and already have their permits. They are the hunters that applied this summer for the annual special managed hunts, and only those hunters with these permits will be allowed to partake in the hunts.
Special hunts will be conducted at the following parks on the following weekends:
Nov. 19-20 - Pomme de Terre State Park near Pittsburg, including the campground and state park marina (the Hermitage area of the park will remain open).
Dec. 10-11 - Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton. Knob Noster State Park near Knob Noster. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia. And Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and Historic Site near Lawson. From KSPRabc33.com .