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Missouri Commission sets 2012 deer, turkey regulations

From Missouri Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunters can start planning for next year’s turkey and deer seasons following action Dec. 15 when the Commission approved 2012 turkey hunting regulations similar to 2011.

The regular spring turkey season will run April 16 through May 6. The fall firearms turkey season will run from Oct. 1 through 31.

The youth spring turkey season will be March 31 and April 1. In most years, the youth season opens nine days before the opening day of the regular spring turkey season. However, the season framework shifts the youth season one week earlier in years when the usual timing would cause the youth season to overlap Easter.

Limits, shooting hours and other turkey-hunting regulations remain unchanged from 2011 and will be published in guide books before hunting seasons.

The Commission also set Nov. 10 as opening day for the November portion of firearms deer season.

Opening dates for the urban, youth, antlerless and muzzleloader portions and other regulations for the 2012 deer season will be established during the May meeting. The 2012 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet will be available in July.

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