New Missouri 2016-2017 Deer Hunting Rules & Dates

Posted by Bruce Carroll on January 1, 2016 in Uncategorized, State News ; Missouri

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved the Missouri Dept. of Conservation recommendations for 2016 -2017 deer hunting season.

The approved recommendations relate to season dates, allowed hunting methods, and changes to the deer-hunting season structure.

The approved Missouri deer hunting dates are as follows.

Archery Deer and Turkey: Sept. 15 through Nov. 11, 2016, and Nov. 23, 2016, through Jan. 15, 2017
Firearms Deer Early Youth Portion: Oct. 29 through 30, 2016
Firearms Deer November Portion: Nov. 12 through 22, 2016
Firearms Deer Antlerless Portion: Dec. 2 through 4, 2016
Firearms Deer Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 24, 2016, through Jan. 3, 2017
Firearms Deer Late Youth Portion: Nov. 25 through 27, 2016


Deer Hunting Regulation Changes

The Commission approved the following regulations regarding deer hunting.

They agreed to Expand the deer-hunting late youth portion to three (3) days beginning the first Friday after Thanksgiving.
Also to reduce the length of the deer-hunting antlerless portion from 12 to three (3) days and begin it on the first Friday in December.
Eliminate the urban-zones portion of the firearms deer season.
Allow crossbows as a legal method during archery deer and turkey seasons.
Remove the hunting method exemption requirement related to crossbows.
Reduce the limit of antlered deer from three (3) to two (2) during the combined archery and firearms deer hunting season, with no more than one (1) antlered deer taken during the firearms deer hunting season.

The above regulation changes will become effective March 2016.

The Commission initially approved the deer-hunting recommendations at its August 2015 public meeting followed by a public-comment period.

Changes to the deer-hunting season structure and methods come after Department efforts over the past 18 months to gather public input. That public input included hunter and landowner surveys, numerous public open houses around the state, community presentations, media communications, information in various MDC publications, discussions with conservation partner organizations, and other efforts.

The Department will also continue to gather public input through surveys and the MDC website in early 2016 on a variety of deer-hunting-related topics, including nonresident permits and prices.

The approved recommendations were also based on the Department’s use of deer population simulations, biological data, and harvest information.


Great Deer Hunting InMissouri

The great state of Missouri offers some of the best deer hunting in the country, and deer hunting is a big part of many families lives and family traditions. Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to the state and local economies.

According to MDC, more than 90 percent of land in Missouri is PRIVATELY owned so landowners are essential to creating and maintaining wildlife habitat on private land. The Department works with more than 25,000 landowners in Missouri to help them manage their land for wildlife, such as deer and turkey.

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