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Deer Hunting in the "Burbs"

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Published on: Sep. 2, 2003

Last revision: Nov. 15, 2010

not have extensive knowledge about hunting. Their opinion of hunting and hunters will be based on how you conduct yourself on their land.

If you intend to harvest does but don't need seven deer for your freezer, you may need some help offsetting the costs for "Share the Harvest" donations. Many landowners would be willing to help share some of the costs if their objectives were being met. These are details that should be worked out before climbing into a tree stand. This will help avoid misunderstandings that can strain relationships.

Within municipal boundaries where ordinances allow, hunting is the most cost effective way to control deer numbers. Hunters can help landowners and gain access to a hunting area close to home at the same time. This leads to more days afield and more time enjoying the sights and sounds of Missouri's fall bounty.

2003 Deer Seasons

Archery Deer season runs Oct. 1 through Nov. 14, and Nov. 26 through Jan. 15, 2004.

The Firearms Deer season has several portions:

  • Urban portion (only in Units 58 and 59) is Oct. 25 & 26.
  • Youth-Only portion is Nov. 1 & 2.
  • November Portion runs from Nov. 15 to Nov. 25.
  • Muzzleloader portion runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 7.
  • Antlerless Only portion (only in Units 1-27, 33 through 38, 58 & 59) runs from Dec. 13 through Dec. 21.

All hunts require a valid permit. For more information about seasons, restrictions, bag limits and permit costs, see the 2003 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Information booklet available wherever permits are sold or online.

Questions landowners may want to ask hunters

  • Have you completed a hunter safety course?
  • How long have you been hunting deer?
  • Have you harvested deer in the past?
  • How many deer are you willing to take?
  • Are you willing to take antlerless deer?
  • When will you be hunting? Morning? Evening? Weekday? Weekend?
  • Will you be bringing anyone with you?
  • Who should I call in case of emergency?
  • Do you possess the proper permits?
  • What kind of car do you drive?
  • Are you going to call before hunting?

Questions hunters may have for landowners

  • What are your property boundaries?
  • Are there any restrictions on when or where I hunt?
  • Should I call prior to hunting?
  • Are there any hidden dangers I should be warned about?
  • How do your neighbors feel about hunting?
  • Can I use tree stands, screw in steps, etc?
  • How should we handle a wounded deer situation?

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