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Board sets 2011-12 seasons, changes some regulations

From the Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Missouri’s Conservation Commission approved the 2011-12 seasons and regulations during its May 26 and 27 meeting:

Archery Deer Season:  Sept. 15 to Nov. 11 and Nov. 23 to Jan. 15, 2012 statewide; limit two deer of either sex, except that only one antlered deer may be taken before the November portion of the firearms season. Additional deer may be taken on Archery Antlerless Deer Permits in select counties.

Archery Turkey Season: Sept. 15 to Nov. 11 and Nov. 23 to Jan. 15, 2012 statewide; limit two turkeys of either sex.

Firearms Deer Season:

Urban Zones Portion: Oct. 7 to 10 in select zones; limit one antlerless deer on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

Youth Portion – Early: Nov. 5 to 6 statewide; limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit or in select counties one antlerless deer on a Firearms Antlerless Deer Permit.

Youth Portion – Late: Jan. 7 to 8, 2012 statewide; limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken in select counties on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

November Portion: Nov. 12 to 22 statewide; limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken in select counties on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

Antlerless Portion: Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 in select counties; limit one antlerless deer on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

Muzzleloader Portion: Dec. 17 to 27 statewide, limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken in select counties on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

The Commission also:

--Approved managed deer hunts and deer-hunting regulations for conservation areas. Details will be published in the 2011 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet. The booklet will be available in July wherever hunting permits are sold, or online at www.missouriconservation.org.

--Changed the Kansas City and Columbia/Jefferson City urban zone boundaries in response to staff and citizen comments about the effects of urban zone regulations on deer numbers and herd characteristics. The changes are intended to better define the areas where increased opportunity for antlerless harvest is desirable and remove areas where regular seasons and limits allow hunters and landowners to meet their management goals.

--Approved continuing the antler-point restriction where it was in effect last year, and extending it to the portion of Platte County not included in the Kansas City Urban Zone.

--Approved managed deer hunts for 2011-2012, which includes new managed hunts at Fellows Lake, Lake Springfield, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Powder Valley Nature Center.

--Approved the use of unlimited antlerless permits during the archery season in Bollinger, Madison and Wayne counties.

--Approved regulation changes to take effect during the 2012-2013 deer and turkey hunting seasons which include approving the use of atlatls during the archery deer and turkey hunting seasons and allowing the use of archery methods, crossbows, atlatls, handguns and air-powered guns during the muzzleloader portion of firearms deer season.

--Added elk and mule deer to the list of wildlife that landowners  may not kill to protect property without permission from an agent of the Conservation Commission.

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