From the Missouri Department of Conservation
-- Most of the 2009-2010 deer and turkey hunting seasons and regulations will look familiar to experienced hunters, but this year’s rules also contain a number of significant changes.
The Missouri Conservation Commission set dates for all portions of the 2009-2010 firearms deer seasons last year. Those dates are:
Urban Zone Portion - Oct. 9-12
Early Youth Portion - Oct. 31-Nov. 1
November Portion - Nov. 14-24
Antlerless Portion - Nov. 25-Dec. 6
Muzzleloader Portion - Dec. 19-29
Late Youth Portion - Jan. 2-3
Starting July 1, the Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permit and the Youth Antlerless Hunting Permit no longer will be available. Instead, resident and nonresident youth will be able to buy regular deer and turkey hunting permits at reduced costs. Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permits purchased during the 2009 spring turkey season remain valid for the 2009 fall firearms deer and turkey hunting seasons.
This year’s archery deer and turkey season is from Sept. 15 through Nov. 13 and from Nov. 25 through Jan. 15.
At its April meeting, the Conservation Commission extended the antler-point restriction regulation to some areas and removed it in others. New areas with antler-point restrictions include Ste. Genevieve County and the portions of Cass and Jefferson counties not included in the new urban zones. Urban zone boundaries no longer follow county lines, and areas included in the urban zone are not under antler-point restrictions this year.
Maps showing the new urban zone boundaries and areas where antler-point restrictions apply will be included in the 2009 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, which will be available in July wherever hunting permits are sold.
Qualifying air-powered guns – which first were allowed for deer hunting last year – may be used during modern methods managed deer hunts this year. The Conservation Commission added Cape Girardeau County to those where archery antlerless permits may be used.
This year, when mentoring a firearms hunter who is not hunter-education certified, all mentors – including landowners on their own land – must be at least 18 years old and hunter-education certified unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1967.
Reduced-cost nonresident landowner permits no longer are available. However, qualifying nonresident students may purchase resident permits, except lifetime permits.
Deer hunting seasons and methods have changed at some conservation areas this year. Details of these and other deer and turkey hunting regulation changes are explained in the Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations booklet. -Jim Low