Missouri deer regulations to change in 2016

4 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 15 2015 Dec 15, 2015 Tuesday, December 15, 2015 10:18:00 PM CST December 15, 2015 in News
By: Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – The Missouri Department of Conservation has made new hunting regulations to the 2016-2017 deer and turkey seasons.

MDC is trying to find new ways to how the deer population in the state and think the new regulations will help do so.

Boone, Callaway, and other Mid-Missouri counties have seen their deer population drop as much as 35 percent during the last ten years. This decrease is due to hemorrhagic disease outbreaks, drought, and high doe harvests, according to a 2013-2014 Missouri Deer Season Summary and Population Status Report.

“The regulation changes for this coming year, the 2016 season, are due to maintaining and balancing desired deer populations as well as providing hunting opportunities,” MDC Deer Biologist Emily Flinn said.

Missouri Department of Conservation Deer Biologist Jason Sumners said on the department’s website that the deer population is decreasing.

“As deer populations in Missouri have changed over the last 75 years, so have our management strategies,” Sumners said. “In modifying the hunting-season structure, our aim is to achieve a deer population that is biologically and socially acceptable while also promoting hunter participation, recruitment, and retention.”

20 years ago, MDC made changes to try and curtail an out-of-control deer population, and now those numbers are in need of balancing once again.

“We were looking for populations to decrease in some areas, however coupled with hemorrhagic disease or blue tongue in some areas that coupled with regulation changes 20 years ago allowed the deer population to decrease below desired levels,” Flinn said.

Despite the MDC saying these changes are necessary, many hunters are upset with the announced changes.

On the MDC Facebook page, commenters are complaining mostly about the changing of the antlerless deer portion dates, as well as adding crossbows to the legal weapons list.

Joe Edwards commented, “MDC claims to value public input...these regulations do not reflect what the public wants at all! You all have ensured that the deer population will continue to go down in the future. We'll be lucky to see a deer a few years from now. I USED TO BE a huge supporter of the MDC. These changes (crossbows, too many firearms seasons, etc.) have changed this. This is ridiculous!”

The changes include:

  • Reducing the length of antlerless portion from 12 to 3 days
  • Allow crossbows as a legal method during archery and deer and turkey seasons
  • Expanding the deer-hunting late youth portion to 3 days
  • Eliminate urban-zones portion of firearm season
  • Remove the hunting method exemption related crossbows
  • Reduce the limit of antlered deer from 3 to 2
  • Set the 2016 spring turkey season from April 18 – May 8 with a limit of 2 bearded birds
  • Set the 2016 youth spring season to April 9 and 10
  • Set the 2016 fall turkey season from Oct. 1 – 31 with a limit of 2 birds

The deer industry is worth about $1 billion in Missouri, with revenue raised from hunting permits, lodging and travel.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Three separate MU Zoom sessions were disrupted by individuals who entered the meetings uninvited and used "discriminatory... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 8:59:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
CUBA, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man was charged with making a terrorist threat after he allegedly coughed toward... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 8:22:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – As the COVID-19 pandemic forces more people to stay indoors, the beautiful weather is still drawing plenty of... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 6:24:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Paying rent has become a challenge for thousands of Missourians who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 5:49:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - COVID-19 has already changed many aspects of daily life, from visiting restaurants to attending school. Now, first responders... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 5:09:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson addressed the public at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, saying the state plans to restrict... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in Top Stories
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 2:49:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - The Moniteau County Police chased down and arrested two people in a stolen car for multiple charges,... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 2:30:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
FAYETTE - Central Methodist University took steps to help rural Missouri medical professionals in the midst of COVID-19 by donating... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 2:04:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - COMO Youth Soccer, Sporting Columbia and Columbia Select started hosting daily practices using Zoom back when school got... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 1:24:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in Top Stories
(CNN) -- Postponing Tokyo 2020 will have provided a sense of relief to many Olympians but the delay in the... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 12:51:47 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public School district announced Wednesday it's putting classes on pause through the end of the week... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 10:11:00 AM CDT April 01, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - As the weather gets warmer and plants continue to bloom, season allergies will become more of an issue... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 5:51:00 AM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Graham McCaulley about how the ongoing pandemic has affected... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:42:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - For Scott Denson, music is his escape from reality. And, during this global pandemic he knew he wasn't... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:38:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Kansas City Council woman Alissia Canady is running as a Democrat for Missouri lieutenant... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:57:41 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a 2018 law banning public union workers... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:09:59 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
2am 53°
3am 52°
4am 52°
5am 51°