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Apply for Missouri managed deer hunts by Aug. 15

From the Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Hunters have until Aug. 15 to apply for deer hunts at Missouri state parks, national wildlife refuges, military reservations and nature preserves.

The Missouri Department of Conservation holds a drawing each summer to determine who gets to take part in managed deer hunts that take place from October through January. The application period begins July 1.

To complete the application process, hunters need the nine-digit Conservation Identification Number. This number is printed on hunting or fishing permits and on the backs of Conservation Heritage Cards. If you do not have a Conservation ID Number, call 573-751-4115, to obtain one.

Hunters also need the two- or three-digit code for your chosen hunt. You can find hunt dates, locations and code numbers in the 2009 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, which is available wherever hunting permits are sold.

Hunters can apply for hunts at www.missouriconservation.org/hunt/deer. Everything you need, other than your Conservation ID Number, is there. Another option is calling 800-829-2956 between 4 a.m. and midnight seven days a week. Applicants must have touch-tone phones.

Successful applicants receive notice of their selection by mail. Hunters can check application status on the Conservation Department Web page beginning Sept. 11.

Only Resident or Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permits are valid for managed deer hunts. The number of deer that may be taken with a single permit depends on the hunt. In some hunts, up to three deer may be taken, and in one hunt, four deer are allowed.

The Conservation Department implemented a preference system two years ago to give unsuccessful applicants for managed deer hunts an advantage in future drawings. Those not drawn for a hunt last year will have one preference point if they apply again this year. A hunter’s preference points return to zero when he or she is drawn for a hunt.

Hunters who have more than one Conservation ID Number will not receive the full benefit of the preference system unless they use the same number each year. If applying online, print your confirmation page and save it for future reference.  –By Jim Low

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