Missouri will hold its first deer hunting season in modern history this fall, the Missouri Department of Conservation announced Wednesday.
The Missouri Conservation Commission on Wednesday agreed to issue five permits for hunting deer for the 2020 season, according to the MDC news release. Four general permits will be made available to the public, and one permit will be reserved for eligible landowners.
Deer hunting comes after the Department of Conservation’s restoration efforts of a species that was originally native to Missouri but was hunted to extinction in the state in the late 1800s. MDC reintroduced around 100 deer to remote areas of the Missouri Ozarks in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Their numbers have increased to more than 200, and their range has expanded in recent years to cover parts of the Carter, Reynolds and Shannon states. .
“Our plan is to offer a limited season for deer hunting in Missouri once the herd reaches a minimum of 200 animals with an annual herd growth rate of at least 10 percent, and a herd ratio of at least one bull for every four deer cattle,” MDC Elk and Deer Biologist Aaron Hildreth said in news release. “That goal has been reached.
Hildreth said the MDC hopes to eventually reach a population of 500 deer and will use hunting to manage the size and location of the herd.
The first deer season will include a nine-day archery section from 17-25 October and a nine-day firearm section from 12-20 December.
The five permits will become stags and will apply to both parts. All permissions will be granted via a random lottery draw.
“The season time is designed to come after the peak of deer breeding during late September and early October and to avoid the deer season coinciding with part of the deer season,” Hildreth said.
MDC will require a $ 10 application fee for those who apply for general permits. Eligible landowners will not be required to pay application fees when applying for landowner permission. Those selected for five permits must pay a permit fee of $ 50.
MDC will limit the random lottery to one application per person, per year with a “sitting” period of 10 years for those who are withdrawn for general permission before they can apply again. If selected for a deer license for landowners, eligible landowners will not be required to wait 10 years before re-applying for a deer for landowners. Eligible landowners can apply once a year for general deer hunting permits and for deer landowner permits, but are only entitled to receive one permit each year.
Land deer permit is limited to resident landowners with at least 20 hectares in the “Deer Land Owner Hunting Zone” of the Carter, Reynolds and Shannon areas. A landowner’s permit can only be filled in on the property of the land owner.
General permits can be used in the Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon districts, except the protection section of the Peck Ranch Conservation Area.
“The method of hunting that is permitted for each season will be the same as hunting deer,” Hildreth said. “Permits will allow to harvest one stag with at least one horn more than 6 inches in length. Successful hunters must telecheck deer that are harvested, like deer. “
To apply for deer hunting permission, applicants must be Missouri residents who are at least 11 years old on the first day of hunting. Those selected to receive a permit must have their hunter’s education certification or be released by age (born before January 1, 1967) before they can buy the permit.
Interested hunters can apply for a random elk permit May 1-31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits or through vendor permission.
Eligible landowners must submit their property information before submitting an application through the MDC Land Owner License Application at mdc.mo.gov/landownerpermits.
Applicants can check to see if they have been selected for an online deer hunting permit starting July 1 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits.
For more information about deer hunting in Missouri, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/elk.
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