Applications for 99 managed deer hunts later this season will be accepted starting Friday.
The Missouri Department of Conservation holds a drawing to determine who gets to participate in special managed deer hunts and conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges and urban parks. The hunts are scheduled from mid-September through January.
More than 6,000 openings are available to both Missouri residents and nonresidents. For the second year, all applications must be made online.
Types of hunts will include archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, historic methods and modern firearms. There will also be youth hunts and hunts for persons with disabilities. Hunt dates, locations and other details will be listed on the application at http://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. If you do not have a Conservation ID Number, 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.