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Science and the Environment

Changes to Deer Hunting in Missouri Approved

Larry Smith


Changes to 2016-2017 deer regulations have been approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission.  Approved changes include maintaining current timing of the November portion of the fall deer hunting season and reducing the length from 11 to 9 days; expanding the late youth portion to three days beginning the first Friday after Thanksgiving; reducing the length of the antlerless portion of the season from 12 to three days and starting it on the first Friday in December and eliminating the urban zone portion.

The commission also approved allowing crossbows as a legal method during the archery deer and turkey hunting seasons and during the fall firearms turkey season; reducing the limit of antlered deer from three to two days during the combined archery and firearms deer hunting season with no more than one antlered deer taken during that season and removing the hunting method exemption requirement related to crossbows.

You have 30 days to comment on the changes beginning October 2nd.  For more information, click here.