'Twas the Night Before Hunting Season

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Published on: Aug. 2, 2007

Last revision: Dec. 1, 2010

a shot. It’s easier to hit a standing target than a moving one. Grunt to stop a deer for a broadside shot or emit a soft cluck on a mouth call to get a turkey to come out of strut. Make sure you’re ready to take the shot, however, because these wild critters aren’t going to stand there and offer a good shot for long.

Be Safe

Each year, falling from tree stands is the largest cause of hunter injuries. Double-check to make sure your stand is secure and always wear a safety harness when you’re in a tree.

When temperatures are 100 degrees in August or near zero in January, most people aren’t thinking about taking a hunter education class, but they should. Summer and winter months are great times to enroll because there are usually plenty of openings. Taking classes in the off-season also frees you up for scouting during the prime months of fall and spring.

Hunter safety isn’t something that ends once you receive your certificate and head to the field. It should become a way of life through your words as well as your actions.

This year the Missouri Department of Conservation is celebrating 50 years of Hunter Education. Since 1957 the number of hunters has increased while the number of accidents has decreased. For this improved safety record, we can thank the thousands of volunteer instructors who have donated millions of hours over the last half-century to the sport they care so deeply about. They’ve made hunting safer for all of us.

If we treat hunting as a year-round privilege and responsibility rather than just a fun way to fill up a couple of weekends, we will help to ensure that future generations of hunters will have the chance to experience pre-opening daydreams that include big bucks and strutting toms.

Purple Paint Law

The purple paint law allows landowners to mark their property against trespass by placing readily visible purple paint marks on trees or posts around their property boundaries.

Vertical marks are to be placed no more than 100 feet apart, and each mark must be at least 8 inches long. The bottom of the mark should be no less than 3 feet, but not more than 5 feet above the ground.

“Property so posted,” the law reads, “is to be considered posted for all purposes, and any unauthorized entry upon the property is trespass in the first degree, and a class B misdemeanor.”

Trespassing on any private property, whether posted or not, is illegal, but trespassing on posted property is a more serious offense.

Hunters, anglers and hikers should be on the alert for purple paint markings and should always ask permission of landowners before venturing onto private property.

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