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News : Results released on the youth deer hunting season
Posted by John on 2012/11/7 9:50:00 (768 reads) News by the same author

Hunters between the ages of 6 and 15 checked 19,277 deer during the first weekend of Missouriís youth deer hunt on November 3rd and 4th, a 17.6-percent increase over last yearís figure.


Top harvest counties for the early portion of the youth hunt were Franklin with 417 deer checked, Osage with 400 and Howell with 395.

Resource Scientist Jason Sumners with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) credits several factors for the increase.

ďIncreasing participation is probably the number-one cause of the continued increases youth harvests,Ē says Sumners. ďWe have had a youth hunt for more than a decade now, and we have seen fairly steady growth in the harvest since then. Thatís partly because we have doubled the length of the season. But itís also about the growth of a youth-hunting tradition. That, combined with very good weather conditions and a lack of acorns in southern Missouri, contributed to a nice bump up this year.Ē

Missouri held its first youth hunt in 2001. The season was two days long, and the harvest that year was 6,277. For the first seven years, the youth hunt consisted of a Saturday and Sunday before the November firearms deer season, and the harvest averaged around 10,000 deer. Starting with the 2008-2009 hunting season, MDC added a two-day late portion in January.

The youth deer season is one facet of ongoing efforts to recruit new hunters. In 2001, Missouri had approximately 40,000 deer hunters under age 16. Today they number approximately 70,000. MDC also uses low-cost permits, partnerships with private mentoring programs, an Apprentice Hunter Authorization, and outdoor-skills training to encourage Missourians to take up hunting.

Last year, more than 114,000 Missourians attended 2,000-plus MDC-sponsored events with instruction in hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting sports. Low permit cost is another reason Missouri is a great place to hunt. Missouriís $17 Resident Firearms Any-Deer Permit is a bargain compared to the average of $46.63 for equivalent privileges in surrounding states. Missouri charges only $8.50 for a resident any-deer permit for kids under age 16. Resident youths pay just $3.50 for antlerless-deer permits.

The Apprentice Hunter Authorization costs $10 per year and allows people 16 and older to buy hunting permits for two consecutive years without having to complete hunter-education training first. Authorization users must buy the appropriate hunting permits. They also must hunt in the immediate presence of a licensed hunter 18 years or older who is hunter-education certified or exempt from the hunter-education requirement due to age.

Missouriís hunting tradition is essential to managing the stateís deer herd. It also contributes substantially to the stateís economy. Deer hunters spend approximately $700 million on their sport annually in Missouri, generating $1.1 billion in business activity and supporting 11,000 jobs.

The Conservation Department makes it easy to create a lasting reminder of a young hunterís first deer. An official First Deer Certificate, complete with congratulations and signature by Conservation Department Director Robert L. Ziehmer, is available at mdc.mo.gov/node/10469. To create a certificate suitable for framing, you need only fill in the hunterís information, print the form and add a photo.

Next on Missouriís deer-hunting calendar is the November portion of firearms deer season November 10th through 20th. This portion normally accounts for approximately 80 percent of the stateís firearms deer harvest.

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