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Missouri's managed deer hunt applications open July 1

From the Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Hunters can apply for nearly 100 archery, muzzleloader and modern firearms hunts, including events for youth and hunters with disabilities beginning July 1.  

The application period closes August 15; hunts take place from mid-September through January. There are openings for more than 6,000 hunters, and a drawing selects who will participate in special managed deer hunts at conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges and urban parks. The hunts are open to Missouri residents and nonresidents.

This is the second year applications must be made online.

With the growth of internet access, most hunters have access, if not at home, then through family, friends, hunting partners or community locations such as public libraries, said Mike Schroer, wildlife management chief. We encourage hunters to take advantage of these connections to apply for managed hunts.

Hunt dates, locations and a link to the managed hunt application form are online at www.mdc.mo.gov/node/3867.

Details about managed hunts also are available in the 2011 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting booklet, which is available from permit vendors statewide.

Hunters may apply individually or as groups of up to six, except for youth hunts. Youths may apply singly or with one other youth. Applicants need a nine digit Conservation ID number for each hunter to complete the application process. Hunters without a Conservation ID Number should call (573)751-4115 to obtain one.

The Conservation Department will post drawing results at the same website Sept. 14. Successful applicants also will receive area maps and other information regarding their hunt in the mail.

Resident or nonresident managed deer hunting permits are required to take part in managed hunts. These permits will be available to successful applicants after Sept. 14 from any permit vendor statewide.

The Conservation Department implemented a preference point system in 2007 to give unsuccessful applicants for managed deer hunts an advantage in future drawings.

Preference points are like extra pieces of paper in a hat. Hunters who apply for the first time or who were drawn for hunts the previous year have only one piece of paper with their name on it in the hat. Those who entered but were not drawn the previous year get an extra piece of paper in the hat for each unsuccessful year. For example, a hunter who was not drawn four years in a row would have five pieces of paper in the hat the fifth time he or she applied.

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