Firearms Hunting the Midwest and Each States Regulations
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, “If you want to harvest a big whitetail buck you’ve got to go hunt the Midwest where big bucks live.” Missouri Whitetail Deer Hunting, Pike County Illinois Whitetail Deer Hunting, Iowa Whitetail Deer Hunting, Kansas Whitetail Deer Hunting, or Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunting. These are the locations you need to ponder over. Our website here at www.imbmonsterbucks.com contains hundreds of thousands of words and dozens of stories to address and collect all the research you could possibly need. More detailed information is found in the “Hunt Stories” page of our website here at www.imbmonsterbucks.com If you are looking for research regarding these states you can stop cruising the internet and anchor your brain right here on our site to research and discover all the data you are seeking.
You will quickly see once you’ve decided upon what State you are determined to hunt if you wish to hunt with a gun there are a variety of times to select from to fit your schedule or your needs. The following article will break the gun seasons up with many years of statistics, facts, season dates for 2009, weapon suggestions, and much more. One key issue to be addressed is the quality of 1st Gun Hunts versus 2nd Gun Hunts.
Pike County, Illinois Gun Hunts
Pike County, Illinois is often times seen as the Super Bowl of Whitetail Deer Hunting as this is the top rated County in the United States for the harvest of trophy whitetail bucks. Dreams can come true in Pike County, Illinois if the right decisions and hunt methods are employed. Season dates for gun hunting are non negotiable with the State of Illinois as they only offer the following dates which are:
Pike County Illinois 1st Gun Season 2009 is 11-20-2009 to 11-22-2009.
Pike County, Illinois 2nd Gun Season is 12-3-09 to 12-6-08.
Pike County, Illinois Late Muzzleloader Season is 12-11-09 to 12-13-09.
(Season dates throughout the State of Illinois are consistent no matter what County you elect to hunt in.)
Firearms regulations in Illinois as Stated on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources should not be overlooked as the hunter is restricted to using a shotgun or muzzleloader only. Illinois Firearm Regulations:
FIREARM, MUZZLELOADER-ONLY and YOUTH
Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Persons hunting deer must have gun unloaded during hours when deer hunting is unlawful. Removal of percussion cap or removal of prime powder from frizzen pan with frizzen open and hammer all the way down or removal of prime powder from flashpan and wheel unwound or removal of prime powder and match with match not lit, or removal of the battery from the CVA electronic ignition muzzleloader, shall constitute an unloaded muzzleloading firearm.
Legal Firearms: You may use either a shotgun, muzzleloader or a handgun with a firearm permit. Shotguns must be not larger than 10 nor smaller than 20 gauge (a rifled barrel is legal), not capable of firing more than three consecutive slugs (buckshot or birdshot is illegal). Minimum barrel length is 18 inches.
Handguns are not legal for youth season.
A muzzleloading firearm is defined as a firearm that is incapable of being loaded from the breech end. Muzzleloaders: a single or double barreled muzzleloading firearm of at least .45 caliber shooting a single projectile through a barrel of at least sixteen inches in length; must be percussion cap (a shotgun primer is a legal percussion cap), wheellock, matchlock or flint type ignitions only, except the Connecticut Valley Arms (CVA) electronic ignition shall be legal to use and only use black powder or a “black powder substitute” such as Pyrodex. Modern smokeless powders (nitrocellulose-based) are an approved blackpowder substitute only in muzzleloading firearms that are specifically designed for their use.
The only legal handguns are centerfire revolvers or centerfire single-shot handguns of .30 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take white-tailed deer by the use of semi-automatic handguns, muzzleloading handguns, or handguns altered to allow for shoulder firing. The only legal ammunition for a centerfire handgun is (1) a bottleneck centerfire cartridge of .30 caliber or larger with a case length not exceeding 1.4 inches, or (2) a straightwalled centerfire cartridge of .30 caliber or larger, with no minimum case length; both of which must be available with the published ballistic tables of the manufacturer showing a capability of at least 500 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle.
Non-expanding military-style full metal jacket bullets cannot be used to harvest white-tailed deer; only soft point or expanding bullets (including copper/copper alloy rounds designed for hunting) are legal ammunition.
Hunting Area: Firearm, Muzzleloader & Youth Permit Holders: the specific county or hunt area for which the permit is issued. Permission to hunt on private property must be obtained from the property owner or tenant.
Property Only Hunting Permit Holders: All of the land owned, leased or rented in the counties open for deer hunting. A hunting rights lease, or other non-agricultural lease, is not valid as a basis for obtaining a property only hunting permit. UNFILLED property only hunting firearm deer permits are valid during the muzzleloader-only season (with a muzzleloading rifle) and the late-winter antlerless-only firearm season (if open in that county).
Each Youth Deer permit holder is required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian or responsible adult who possesses a valid Firearm Owners Identification (F.O.I.D.) Card. The accompanying adult must be present for the permit holder (youth) to hunt. The adult is not allowed to hunt during the youth season only. SPECIAL NOTE: Any unfilled firearm, muzzleloader or youth permits except special hunt area permits that were valid during the previous firearm, muzzleloader-only or youth seasons are valid during the latewinter antlerless-only firearm season (if open in that county), but the holder may only harvest antlerless deer.
Clothing: Any person attempting to take or taking deer by use of a firearm shall wear, when in the field, a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange color, displaying a minimum of 400 square inches of blaze orange material.
• It is unlawful:
a. to possess a rifle in the field during gun deer season EXCEPT muzzleloading rifles used by deer hunters only. No person may have in his possession any firearm not authorized by administrative rule for a specific hunting season when taking deer.
b. for any person having taken the legal limit of deer by firearm to further participate with a firearm in any deer hunting party.
c. to drive deer, or participate in a deer drive, on all Departmentowned or managed properties. A deer drive is defined as a deliberate action by one or more persons (whether armed or unarmed) whose intent is to cause deer to move within firearm range of one or more participating hunters.
As a veteran whitetail hunter and outfitter who has participated in the Illinois Gun Season a number of times I prefer to use a automatic 12 Gauge Rifled Barreled Slug Gun with a good scope. However in this particular arena I must say my father passed when I was young and I am literally not a very mechanical person. I do own and use a muzzleloader but am not what I would consider to be a “Muzzleloader Guy”. I like to have backup shells in the chamber knowing the gun will fire at all times. However, if you are one of those guys that can hold a two inch group at 200 yards with a muzzleloader you might be tempted to take to the field in Pike County, Illinois with your muzzleloader during the firearms season.
If your going to hunt in Illinois you must hunt in Pike County. I don’t care what others may surmise or tell you there is a vast difference between Pike and the counties that surround it. I don’t know if glacier grading left more minerals in the soil in this county thousands of years ago, or if more timber is present, or more crops are present, or even why Pike County is so much better than its surrounding counties but it just is that much better. The difference is night and day. I would never hunt public ground. You will be swallowed into a sea of orange during gun season and probably never get a moments rest on public ground.
The 1st Gun Season in Pike County, Illinois lies in the peak of the rut and is of higher quality than the 2nd Gun Season, however the 2nd Gun Season also presents 2nd Rut Activity. Remember any doe that isn’t bred during the rut comes back into heat 30 to 45 days later making the Illinois 2nd Gun Season exciting despite the fact it lies in December. Late Muzzleloader hunting can also be very productive when the hunter sets up over food plots where large numbers of whitetails are forced to feed due to crop extraction earlier in the year.
You also should select a credible Illinois Whitetail Outfitter to hunt with like IMB Outfitters located at www.imbmonsterbucks.com IMB has won a variety of awards and accolades during its 13 year history of Illinois Whitetail Outfitting. The selection of the wrong Pike County, Illinois Outfitter can literally end up being the difference between seeing what Pike County, Illinois is all about or not.
Iowa Whitetail Deer Gun Hunts
Iowa is without a doubt in my mind the best State in the nation to harvest a Boone and Crockett Whitetail Buck. Iowa has very little archery pressure placed upon it as non resident archers usually take 2 to 3 years to draw a tag. Thus when one walks into an Iowa Whitetail Gun Camp, one is usually hunting on ground that has not been hunted prior to your arrival. For example, my belief is that IMB Outfitters is the most advanced and highest quality Iowa Whitetail Outfitter in the State of Iowa. In 2007 we only had 6 bowhunters who stopped hunting on 11-14-07. This gave the ground almost a month to rest and presented a situation wherein hardly any pressure was put on the ground we hunt. In 2008 we only had 8 bowhunters who stopped hunting on 11-12-08 which once again gave the ground almost a month to rest and as a result hardly any pressure was put on the ground. Thus when one hunts in Iowa it really doesn’t matter whether you hunt 1st Gun or 2nd Gun. Iowa produces high quality success rates during both seasons. Iowa Whitetail Deer Gun Hunting Dates in 2009 are as follows:
Iowa Whitetail Deer Gun 1 Season is 12-5-09 to 12-8-09.
Iowa Whitetail Deer Gun 2 Season is 12-12-09 to 12-15-09.
Iowa Muzzleloader Deer Season is 12-28-09 to 1-10-09.
Iowa Firearms Regulations are as follows per the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:
Shooting hours for all deer seasons are ½ hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
An ELSI-issued transportation tag (bottom portion see below) with the date of harvest properly recorded, demonstrates proof of possession and must be attached within 15 minutes of harvest or before the animal is moved, whichever comes first. When attached, the transportation tag must be easily visible so that it cannot be removed without being mutilated
or destroyed. The transportation tag must remain attached to the carcass until the animal is processed for consumption.
Harvest Report Tag
An ELSI-issued Harvest Report Tag (top portion see below) with the confirmation number properly recorded,
demonstrates compliance with mandatory harvest reporting and must be attached to the animal after reporting and
before the reporting deadline (see p. 14). When attached, the Harvest Report Tag must be affixed so that it cannot be removed without being mutilated or destroyed. The Harvest Report Tag must remain attached to the carcass until the animal is processed for consumption.
For deer, the head and antlers (if any) must remain attached to the carcass until it is processed for consumption. Hunters in the Youth/Disabled Hunter, Bow, Early Muzzleloader, and Late Muzzleloader seasons must shoot their own deer and tag only the deer they shoot. Hunters in both shotgun seasons and the November and January Antlerless-only seasons may shoot deer for each other, provided that all tagging requirements are followed, and the deer will be considered in the possession of the hunter whose tag is affixed to it.
A hunter may not carry a deer license or transportation tag issued to another hunter while deer hunting.
Tips on Tagging/Reporting Deer and Turkeys
An inexpensive pen (not a felt tip or marker) will write best on the tag material.
1) The Transportation Tag must be attached to the deer or turkey within 15 minutes of harvest or before it is moved, whichever occurs first.
2) Record the Date of Harvest (month, day, and year) IN INK
3) Remove the Transportation Tag from the paper backing. Fold (do not wrap or wind) the tag around antlers (or leg if antlerless), or turkey leg. Press the halves of the tag together to get a tight bond. The hunter’s name, tag number and date of harvest must be readable.
4) Report the deer or turkey harvest by midnight of the day after harvest, before taking it to a locker or
taxidermist, before processing it for consumption or before transporting out of state, whichever comes first.
5) Follow instructions on the Harvest Report Tag to report the animal. When reporting, you will need to provide your harvest registration number and the Iowa County where the animal was harvested. For deer, provide the sex of the animal. For turkeys, report if the animal was harvested on public or private land, the length of the beard (fall)
and length of the longest spur (spring).
6) After reporting, record the confirmation number in the box provided on the Harvest Report Tag.
7) Attach the Harvest Report Tag to the animal after it has been reported, but before the reporting deadline.
8) Keep both the Transportation Tag and the Harvest Report Tag attached to the animal until it is processed for consumption.
Tagging Deer, Turkey
2007-08 Iowa DNR HARVEST REPORT Tag ALL DEER AND TURKEYS MUST BE REPORTED
Step 1: Dial 1-800-771-4692 or go to www.iowadnr.gov or your license agent.
Step 2: When prompted, provide the following Registration Number:
380 061 739
Step 3: Record your confirmation number:
Step 4: Attach this harvest report tag to your animal.
(Attach only after reporting animal. Must report by midnight on day after
harvesting animal, or sooner if special conditions apply. See regulations)
DNR # 999999999 JOHN TEST SMITH
205 Deer-Early Muzzle
2007-08 Iowa DNR TRANSPORTATION Tag
Enter Date of Harvest: ___/___/_____
205 Deer-Early Muzzle
Season Date: 10/14/2006 – 10/22/2006
$27.00 ($1.00 HUSH FEE)
DNR # 999999999 DOB: 03/08/1946
JOHN TEST SMITH
123 ANY STREET
DES MOINES IA 50319
REGISTRATION # 380 061 739
(Attach within 15 minutes of harvest and before moving animal.)
3912946 Agent ID:
Date/Time Issued:07/20/2006 08:41:10
Signature (see back):_______________________________________
Registration Number Harvest Confirmation Number
NOTE: This is only an example of the deer or turkey harvest report and transportation tag. The actual tag may
differ slightly in appearance.
Deer hunters may not possess a tag belonging to
another hunter while in the field.
PAID DEER LICENSES
Paid only antlerless deer. An antlerless deer
is a deer with no forked antler. These licenses are valid only in the county and season or deer population management zone and season selected by the hunter at the time the license is purchased.
Quotas for Antlerless-only licenses are established for each county to direct the additional harvest of does to areas with the greatest number of deer. The quota is the maximum number of Antlerless-only licenses that will be sold for each
county for all deer seasons. Licenses are sold firstcome first-served until the quota is reached.
Allowable Combinations of Paid Deer Licenses
Non residents may only harvest and apply for one particular type of whitetail deer tag per year.
November and January Antlerless-only Seasons
Only antlerless deer may be taken during the November and January Antlerless-only seasons. Hunters may participate in these seasons regardless of any other deer license they have obtained. Licenses for the November Antlerlessonly
season will not go on sale until November 10, and will be available only in counties where the antlerless-only license quota has not been filled by that date.
Shotguns, handguns, muzzleloaders and bows may be used. Center-fire rifles may be used during the entire January Antlerless-only season (January 11 – 25) in the following counties: Mills, Fremont, Montgomery, Page, Adams, Taylor, Union, Ringgold, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis, Jefferson, Van Buren, Henry, Lee, and Des Moines.
How Many Paid Antlerless-only Licenses May
Hunters may purchase multiple Antlerless-only licenses in some seasons and season combinations.
Bag and Possession Limit
For Shotgun Season 1, Shotgun Season 2, the November Antlerless-only and January Antlerless only seasons, the daily bag and possession limit is one deer for each unfilled transportation tag issued to a hunter who is present in the party.
For all other deer seasons, the daily bag and possession limit is one deer for each license and transportation tag issued to the hunter for that season. The annual possession limit is one deer for each license and transportation tag obtained by the hunter for all seasons.
Helping Other Hunters
Resident and nonresident deer hunters with valid deer hunting license may hunt with and assist other deer hunters only in the season specified on their license.
Blaze Orange Required
To hunt deer with a firearm in any season you must wear one of the following articles of external, visible, solid blaze orange clothing: vest, jacket, coat, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt or coveralls. An orange hat alone is not sufficient. No person shall use a blind for hunting deer during the regular shotgun deer seasons unless such blind exhibits a solid blaze orange marking visible in all directions with a minimum height of 12 inches and a minimum width of 12 inches. A blind is defined as a place of concealment constructed, either wholly or partially from man made materials, which is used for the purpose of hiding a person who is hunting from sight. A blind is not a naturally occurring landscape feature or an arrangement of natural or agricultural plant material that a hunter uses for concealment. In addition to the requirements
above, hunters using blinds must also satisfy the requirements of wearing blaze orange.
You may not construct a permanent tree stand on state public hunting areas. You may not drive or in any other way place any nail, spike, pin, or any other metal object into a tree on state public hunting areas to construct a blind or to provide hunting access to a location above the ground. Tree stands may be left on a state public hunting area from 7 days prior to the start of a deer season until 7 days after the final day of that season.
Prohibited Devices and Activities
You may not use dogs, domestic animals, bait, radios, handguns, rifles and crossbows (unless physical handicapped tag is obtained), automobiles, aircraft, electronic calls or any mechanical conveyance or device to hunt deer. Paraplegics and single- or double-leg amputees may hunt from any stationary motor-driven conveyance. “Paraplegic” means an individual afflicted with paralysis of the lower half of the body with the involvement of both legs, usually due to disease or injury to the spinal cord.
“Bait” means grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, salt, mineral blocks, or any other natural food materials,
commercial products containing natural food materials, or by-products of such materials transported to or placed in an area for the purpose of attracting wildlife. Bait does not include food placed during normal agricultural activities.
Shooting Firearms Over Water or Highway
You cannot shoot any rifle on or over any of the public highways or waters of the state or any railroad right of way. You cannot discharge a shotgun shooting a slug, a pistol or a revolver on or over a public roadway. Additionally, no person shall discharge a rifle, including a muzzleloading rifle or musket, or a handgun from a highway; or discharge a shotgun shooting.
As aforementioned Iowa is strong enough that both the 1st and 2nd Gun Seasons provide soaring success rates at getting a shot at a trophy buck. Does are a dime a dozen. Don’t let the wording “2nd Gun Season” fool you one bit. Often times I’ve seen 2nd Gun Season in Iowa be a higher quality hunt. As humans we attribute the number 2 as inferior to the number 1. This isn’t always the case. Late Muzzleloader hunting can also be very productive when the hunter sets up over food plots where large numbers of whitetails are forced to feed due to crop extraction earlier in the year.
You also should select a credible Iowa Whitetail Outfitter to hunt with like IMB Outfitters located at www.imbmonsterbucks.com IMB has won a variety of awards and accolades during its 13 year history and to be quite frank this is a State where many “Mom and Pop” Outfitters try and conduct business. You don’t want to cut any corners while gun hunting in Iowa.
Missouri Firearms Whitetail Deer Hunting
Missouri has absolutely shocked me with regard to increase in success rates and quality of deer. I consider this the #1, unpressured, sleep state, in the nation for harvest of trophy bucks. I literally don’t even have another Missouri Whitetail Outfitter around me which give me the pick of the litter on ground quality and quantity. Tags are easily obtained over the Counter. The average success rate for Missouri Whitetail Gunhunting has increased an average of over 70% over the past 6 years with some gun hunts presented exceeding 160% shot success rate at trophy whitetails. Missouri gun season is an absolute “mind blower”. Also the Missouri Whitetail Deer Hunting offers its rifle season during the peak of the rut. In Missouri, unlike Iowa, and Illinois you’ll be able to use any caliber rifle you desire and implement it during the peak of the rut. A huge advantage to the whitetail deer hunter. Missouri Whitetail Gun Hunting offer the following season dates for 2009:
Missouri Firearms 1st Gun Season for whitetail deer is 11-14-09 to 11-17-09.
Missouri Firearms 2nd Gun Season for whitetail deer is 11-21-09 to 11-24-09.
Missouri Late Season Muzzleloader Hunting for whitetail deer is 12-19 to 12-29.
In accordance with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources the following whitetail deer hunting regulations are enforced:
Hunter Orange Requirement for Missouri Deer Hunting
The following persons are required to wear a cap or hat and also a shirt, vest or coat or hunter orange so that the color is plainly visible from all sides. Camouflage orange does not satisfy this requirement.
1. firearms deer hunters during all portions of the firearms deer season
2. adults accompanying youths hunting deer on a Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permit or a Youth Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit
3. archery hunters during the youth portions of statewide and during the urban counties and antlerless portions in open counties
4. all hunters during the urban counties youth, November and antlerless portions in open counties. Note: Fall firearms turkey hunters must wear hunter orange in some counties
5. hunters using archery methods within municipal
6. hnters on federal or state public hunting areas where deer hunting is by archery methods only.
1. Deer and turkeys may not be taken with the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, electronically activated calls or live decoys. Scents and minerals, including salt, are not considered bait, however, mineral blocks with food additives are prohibited. An area is considered baited for 10 days even after complete removal of the bait. It is illegal to place bait in a way that causes others to be in violation of the baiting rule.
2. Deer may not be hunted pursued or taken within any area enclosed by a fence greater than 7 feet in height except in licensed hunting preserves.
3. Deer and turkey may not be pursued or taken from or with a motor driven vehicle. Deer may not be taken while they are in a stream or other body of water or from any boat with a motor attached.
Antlered Deer Limit
1. Each hunter may take only one antlered deer during the firearms deer season. This includes all portions, including the two youth portions.
2. If you want to take additional antlered deer, you must hunt on an archer’s hunting permit during the archery deer season.
Hunter Education Certificate Requirement
Hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967 must complete an approved hunter education program and show their card or verify certification through the permit vendor’s computer terminal. Those under age 11 cannot obtain hunter education certification and thus cannot purchase regular firearms deer or turkey hunting permits, but they may purchase Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permits and Youth Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits without being hunter education certified.
Assisting other deer hunters
A person must have a filled or unfilled deer hunting permit to assist others in taking deer by active participation in deer drives or by enticing deer with calls or rattling antlers. It is illegal to shoot or take a deer for another hunter.
Retrieval of game
Anyone who kills or injures a deer must make a reasonable effort to retrieve and include the animal in his or her season limit, but this does not authorize trespass. It is a violation to wantonly leave or abandon commonly edible portions of game.
Use of dogs to recover legally taken game
A hunter can use leashed dogs to track and recover mortally wounded deer provided the hunter has 1. exhausted other reasonable means of finding the deer. 2. contacts a conservation agent 3. does not possess firearms or bows during dog tracking activities, and 4. maintains control of the leashed dog at all times.
Keep deer carcasses out of streams and lakes
Its illegal to place a deer carcass or any of its parts into any well, spring, brook, branch, creek, stream, pond, or lake.
All harvested deer either whole or processed must be labeled with the taker’s full name, address, and telecheck number.
Giving away deer meat
A hunter who takes a deer may give it to another person but the game counts toward the taker’s bag limit. Deer given away must be labeled with the taker’s name, address, and Telecheck number, species and the date taken.
Each hunter may take only one antlered deer during the firearms deer season (all portions combined). If you want to take additional antlered deer, you must hunt on a an archer’s hunting permit during the archery season.
All hunter’s may purchase any number of permits to take anterless deer but some county restrictions apply.
One half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
Methods prohibited (in use or in possession)
1. Self loading firearms with capacity of more than 11 cartridges in magazine and chamber combined.
2. Ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot).
3. Full hard metal cased projectiles.
4. Fully automatic firerms
5. Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game.
6. Electronic calls or electronically activated calls.
Muzzleloader Portion of Missouri Deer Hunting
This portion of the firearms season allows hunters additional time to hunt using muzzleloaders only.
Methods of Muzzleloader
1. A muzzleloading or cap and ball firearms .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge; inline’s and scopes are allowed.
2. Multiple barreled muzzleloading or cap and ball firearms and or muzzleloading or cap and ball handguns including revolvers .40 caliber or larger are allowed and may be carried in addition to a muzzleloading or a cap and ball rifle.
Missouri Whitetail Outfitters:
Missouri is a State that consistently produces huge deer but only from certain areas. Public ground is a way overhunted and not even worth your time. Missouri is strange as pockets of quality whitetail deer may be found in along one section of river and then a mile down the river virtually no deer may exist. I have never figured this out, but this is one State you need a smart Missouri Whitetail Outfitter or you may find yourself wasting your time. IMB in my opinion may be the only quality whitetail outfitting service in Missouri and can be located at www.imbmonsterbucks.com
Nebraska Firearms Whitetail Deer Hunting
Nebraska is a State that has produced success rates that are simply unbelievable for our outfit service for years. The reason is because the State of Nebraska hadn’t allowed non residents to gun hunt until 3 years ago. This has left a lot of very big deer for the taking as very little pressure has put on this State but also Nebraska Deer Hunting is not qualitative throughout the state. You need to know where to pursue the high quality herd at.
Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunting Dates for Gun Season in 2009 are:
Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunting Gun Season 1 is 11-14-09 to 11-17-09.
Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunting Gun Season 2 is 11-19-09 to 11-22-09.
Nebraska Late Muzzleloader Only Season is 12-1-09 to 12-31-09.
Nebraska Whitetail Deer Hunting Regulations in accordance to the Nebraska Game and Park’s Commission:
Muzzleloader Season: Muzzleloading rifles .44 caliber or larger or smoothbore muzzleloaders .62 caliber or larger firing a single slug.
Firearm Season: Rifles that deliver at least 900 footpounds of bullet energy at 100 yards; muzzleloading rifles .44 caliber or larger; smoothbore muzzleloading muskets .62 caliber or larger firing a single slug; handguns that deliver at least 400 foot-pounds of bullet energy at 50 yards; shotguns 20 gauge or larger, firing a single slug; or crossbows that have a draw weight of 125 pounds or more. Note: It is unlawful to use any firearm capable of fully
automatic fire or a semi-automatic firearm capable of holding more than six cartridges. Fully jacketed or incindiary bullets not allowed.
It is unlawful to chase, harass, shoot or shoot at any deer from a motor vehicle while the vehicle is moving. It is unlawful to shoot from the right-of-way of a public road. It is unlawful to carry a firearm on a snowmobile, except when it is unloaded and in a case. It is unlawful to hunt from or with a snowmobile.
Archery Sept. 15 - Nov. 14 and Nov. 24 - Dec. 31
Muzzleloader Dec. 1 - 31
Firearm Nov. 15 - 23
January Antlerless Jan. 1-15, 2009
Youth, Landowner and Season Choice Antlerless
permits allow hunting during all of the seasons list above, with the appropriate weapon.Youths age 16 may hunt with youth deer permits provided they are age 15 when they apply and provided they are not more than 15 on Sept. 15.
Use of Radio
It is unlawful to use two-way radios or any other electronic devices to transmit information about the location of any game to or from a conveyance of any type (including vehicles, aircraft, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, etc.).
Most hunting in Nebraska is done on private land, where permission is required. It is unlawful to hunt within 200 yards of an occupied dwelling or feedlot
without specific permission for that purpose.
It is unlawful to use a spotlight or other artificial light from a vehicle while having in possession or control any firearm, crossbow or bow and arrow.
Each deer must be delivered by the permit holder to an official check station. Archery deer must be checked within 72 hours of the time of kill, but no
later than 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 for deer taken during the first portion of the season or 1 p.m. Jan. 2 for deer taken during the late archery season. Muzzleloader deer must be checked by 1 p.m. Jan 2. Firearm deer must be checked by 1 p.m. Nov. 24 for deer taken during the November season and 1 p.m. Jan. 16 for those taken during the January season. The carcass may be separated into halves or quarters, provided that evidence of sex is retained on each hind quarter/half. Head and hide must accompany the carcass to the check station. The permit and check station seal must be retained while transporting deer to a point of permanent storage or processing.
Any person, except archers, hunting antelope, elk, bighorn sheep or deer during an authorized firearm season must display on his or her head, chest and back at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material.
Deer taken during this season may not be possessed after Aug. 1, 2011. If any portion is given away, it must be accompanied by a statement of such gift, signed by the permit holder, and including the permit number.
It is unlawful to take mountain sheep, elk, deer, or antelope within 200 yards of a site upon which feed, feed or mineral supplement, or bait has been placed within the previous 60 days. This does not include placement of food or food/mineral supplement in the active operation of husbandry for domesticated livestock other than domesticated cervidae (family that deer belong to). It does not prevent the take of animals on or near planted food plots. It does not allow adjacent landowners to bait an area and prevent the take of animals on property owned by others.
Hunting of Other Wildlife
During the November firearm deer season, animals other than deer may be hunted only with a shotgun, or rimfire rifle or handgun that is no larger than .22 caliber. Hunters with unfilled firearm deer permits may hunt other animals with centerfire firearms during the firearm deer season.
Immediately after a deer is taken, the hunter must punch or notch his or her permit or tag showing date taken and sex of the animal. Punching/notching the permit or tag automatically cancels the permit or tag. The permit must be kept with the hunter and/or the deer at all times. When the animal is not with the hunter, the entire permit must be rolled or folded, placed in a plastic bag and placed in the animal’s ear.
Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of Firearm Hunter Education while hunting with either a firearm
or crossbow. Hunters ages 12 through 29 hunting deer, antelope, elk or mountain (bighorn) sheep with bow and arrow must carry proof of successful
completion of Bow Hunter Education. Hunters ages 12 through 29 who have not completed a Firearm Hunter and/or Bow Hunter Education
course and want to give hunting a try may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate from the Commission. This exemption is to provide the novice hunter an opportunity to try hunting and receive training from an experienced hunter prior to making the commitment of completion of the required hunter education training, so a hunter using this certificate must be accompanied at all times while hunting. This certificate may only be obtained once in each person’s lifetime, expires on Dec. 31 of the year obtained and may be renewed only once. The fee is $5. In Nebraska, any deer, elk or antelope hunter ages 15 or younger; any firearm or crossbow hunter under age 12; or those hunters ages 12 through 29 using an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate; must be accompanied at all times while hunting. Accompanied is defined as: in the presence of a licensed “experienced” hunter age 19 or older. There may be no more than two hunters using the certificate accompanied by the “experienced” hunter
at any time and the “experienced” hunter must at all times be in unaided visual and verbal communication with the child under age 12 and/or the “apprentice” hunter ages 12 through 29.
Sale of Parts
It is lawful to sell the hide, hair, hooves, bones and antlers of any deer which is taken legally. The sale or purchase of deer meat is unlawful.
It is unlawful to use any electrical device to amplify natural light or to project a light beam or image to a target, including “night vision” or infrared scopes and laser sights. “Red dot” and illuminated reticle sights and scopes are permitted. It is legal to use magnifying scopes on muzzleloaders.
Nebraska Whitetail Outfitters
Nebraska Whitetail Outfitters that specialize in only hunting of whitetail deer are hard to find. Most Nebraska Outfitters try and capitalize on running hunts of muledeer, game birds, and several other species as well as whitetails. When hunting in Nebraska never book a hunt with an outfitter who claims to have as good as whitetail hunting as muledeer. The two species don’t cohabitate together well at all. If you get too far west in Nebraska you’re asking for the “run around”. That’s why IMB is located in the South Central portion of the State where the best whitetail hunting is located. IMB Outfitters remains the elite Nebraska Whitetail Deer Outfitter in the State.
Kansas Whitetail Deer Gun Hunts
Kansas can often times produce some of the best whitetail deer hunting in the nation, however much like Missouri and Nebraska the very high quality whitetail deer population resides in only certain areas of the State. Further vast amounts of scouting need to be done by you or the Outfitter you choose to make sure you are hunting on the right farms in the right places. Kansas can be very tricky. Up until 2008 Kansas was unbelievably hard to draw a tag in and about the only way you could obtain a tag was by purchasing a transferable landowner tag. Problem is the landowners got a little greedy and began selling these tags for over $1000 online. The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department began examining this situation and in 2008 offered a different tagging opportunity for non residents wherein they could obtain tags via lottery process that was not the prehistoric lottery of Kansas’s past. The new lottery offers ample chance for the whitetail deer hunter to draw a tag without much of a problem.
Kansas Whitetail Deer Gun Hunting Season Dates:
Kansas Early Muzzleloader Season dates are to be announced but usually falls around 9-22 to 10-5.
Kansas Whitetail Deer Gun Season 1 dates for 2009 are to be announced but usually falls 12-3-09 to 12-6-09.
Kansas Whitetail Deer Gun Season 2 dates are to be announced but is around 12-09-09 to 12-12-09.
Kansas Whitetail Deer Hunting Regulations as dictated by the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department are as follows:
Permits purchased during the open season are not valid until the next calendar day. Shooting hours for deer are ½ hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
LEGAL DEFINITIONS FOR DEER
Any-Season White-tailed Deer: any buck, doe, or fawn whitetailed deer.
Either-species/Either-sex Deer: any buck, doe, or fawn whitetailed or mule deer.
Antlerless-Only White-tailed Deer: any white-tailed deer without a visible antler plainly protruding from the skull.
Antlerless-Only Either-species Deer: any white-tailed or mule deer without a visible antler plainly protruding from the skull.
HUNTER ORANGE REQUIREMENTS
All deer hunters and persons assisting deer hunters during a firearm or muzzleloader deer season must wear an orange hat and at least 200 squares inches of orange on the upper half of the body, of which 100 square inches must be visible from the front and 100 square inches must be visible from the
back. Camouflage hunter orange that provides the required 200 square inches of orange is legal.
Archery: longbows, recurve bows, or compound bows that are hand drawn, that have no mechanical device to lock the bow at full or partial draw, and are designed to shoot only one arrow at a time. A crossbow is not legal for archery season, except by disabled archery permittees, as permitted under
KAR 115-18-7, by application and special permit only. No electronic devices may be attached to the bow, except for lighted sight pins, dots, or holographic sights. Range-finding devices and optical scopes or sights that project no visible light toward the target and do not electronically amplify visible or infrared light may be used. Lighted nocks may be used on arrows. Arrows must be equipped with broadhead points that cannot pass through a ring thirteen-sixteenths of an inch in diameter when fully expanded. Devices capable of dispensing chemicals to take big game animals may not be used. Archery permit holders may not have a firearm in possession while hunting deer.
Firearm: centerfire rifles and handguns that are not fully automatic and that fire a bullet larger than .23 inches in diameter and that use a cartridge case that is 1.280 inches or more in length, while using only hard-cast solid lead, soft point, hollow point, or other expanding bullets; shotguns 20-gauge or
larger, using only slugs; and crossbows with draw weights of at least 125 pounds, with bolts at least 16 inches long equipped with broadhead points that cannot pass through a ring thirteen-sixteenths of an inch in diameter. Range-finding devices and optical scopes or sights that project no visible
light toward the target and do not electronically amplify visible or infrared light may be used.
Muzzleloader: muzzleloading rifles or muskets that can be loaded only through the front of the firing chamber with separate components and that fire a bullet of .39 inches diameter or larger; muzzleloading single-barrel pistols having a barrel length of 10 inches or greater that can be loaded only through
the front of the barrel with separate components and are .45 caliber or larger. Only hard-cast solid lead, conical lead, or saboted bullets weighing 210 grains or greater may be used with muzzleloading pistols. Muzzleloader-only permit holders may not have a rimfire or centerfire firearm in possession
while hunting deer. Range-finding devices and optical scopes or sights that project no visible light toward the target and do not electronically amplify visible or infrared light may be used.
RESIDENT ANY-SEASON WHITE-TAILED DEER
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed deer Any-season White-tailed Deer Permits are valid statewide in any season with equipment legal for that season. Available over the counter through Dec. 30 to residents and landowner/tenants only.
RESIDENT FIREARM EITHER-SPECIES/EITHER-SEX
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed or mule deer Firearm Either-species/Either-sex Deer Permits are valid either in the West Zone, which includes Deer Management Units 1, 2, 17, and 18, or in the East Zone, which includes Deer Management Units 3, 4, 5, 7, and 16, during the regular
firearm season using any legal equipment. Available to residents and landowner/tenants only by draw.
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed or mule deer Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Deer Permits are valid either in the West Zone, which includes Deer Management Units 1, 2, 17, and 18, or in the East Zone, which includes Deer Management Units 3, 4, 5, 7, and 16, during the
muzzleloader-only and regular firearm seasons using muzzleloading equipment only. Available over the counter through Dec. 30 to residents and landowner/tenants only.
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed or mule deer Resident Archery Either-species/Either-sex Deer Permits are valid statewide with archery equipment during archery season. Available over the counter through Dec. 30 to residents and landowner/tenants only.
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe or fawn white-tailed deer Nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer permits are available only by draw and are valid in two adjacent units during the muzzleloader-only and regular firearm seasons (muzzleloading equipment only). Nonresidents receiving a Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer permit in Deer Management Unit 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 16, 17 or 18 may also apply for one of a limited number of Mule Deer Stamps. If drawn, their permit becomes a Nonresident Muzzleloader Either-Species/Eithersex permit with a bag limit of one (1) buck, doe, or fawn whitetailed
or mule deer in two designated adjacent units. If the hunter selects an adjacent unit not listed above, the permit is valid for a white-tailed buck, doe or fawn in that unit. The permit is still valid for either species in the original unit.
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed deer Nonresident Archery White-tailed Deer permits are available only by draw and are valid in two adjacent Deer Management Units and DMU 19. Nonresidents who receive a Nonresident Archery White-tailed Deer permit in Deer Management Unit 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 16, 17 or 18 may also apply for one of a limited number of Mule Deer Stamps. If drawn, their permit becomes a Nonresident Archery Either-
Species/Either-sex permit with a bag limit of one (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed or mule deer in two designated adjacent units. If the hunter draws the mule deer stamp in one of the units listed above but selects an adjacent unit not listed above, the permit is valid for a white-tailed buck, doe or fawn
in that unit. The permit is still valid for either species in the original unit.
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed deer. Nonresident Firearm White-tailed Deer permits are available only by draw and are valid in two adjacent Deer Management Units during the regular firearm season.
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn mule or white-tailed deer Hunt-Own-Land permits are valid for any season with equipment legal for that season, and only on lands owned and operated for agricultural purposes. This permit is available to individuals who qualify as landowners, tenants, nonresident
landowners or as family members living with the landowner or tenant. A Kansas hunting license is not required when hunting one’s own land. This permit is not transferable. Available over-the-counter through December 30.
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn mule or white-tailed deer This permit may be issued to a landowner’s or tenant’s siblings and lineal ascendants or descendants, and their spouses, whether or not a Kansas resident (for example, a grandson and his wife, a daughter and her husband, a parent, or a brother and his wife would be eligible for this permit. A landowner’s or tenant’s uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, or cousin is not eligible for this permit.) The permit is valid only on lands owned or operated by the landowner or tenant, and may be used in any season with equipment legal for that season. Permits are limited to one per 80 acres owned or operated. This permit is not transferable. Use of this permit requires a Kansas hunting license unless exempt by Kansas law. Available over-the-counter through December 30.
ANTLERLESS-ONLY WHITE-TAILED DEER
Bag Limit: One (1) white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from skull As many as five Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permits may
be purchased. The first such antlerless permit purchased will be valid statewide, including all KDWP-managed public hunting areas. The second permit issued to an individual is valid in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19 on private lands with landowner permission, on Walk-In
Hunting Areas and Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area. Up to three additional such permits may be issued to the same individual and are valid only in units 7, 8, 10a, 12, 13, 15, 16, and 19 on private land with landowner permission and on Walk-In Hunting Areas. All antlerless white-tailed permits are valid during any season with equipment legal for that season. Hunter must have a deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer before acquiring an Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permit, unless antlerless permit is purchased after Dec. 30, 2008. Available over-the-counter through January 30, 2009.
ANTLERLESS-ONLY EITHER-SPECIES DEER
Bag Limit: One (1) mule or white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from skull Antlerless Either-species Deer Permits are valid for any
antlerless white-tailed or mule deer within Deer Management Unit 3 only during any season with equipment legal for that season. Hunter must have a deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer before acquiring an Antlerless Eitherspecies Deer Permit. Available over-the-counter on a limited,
first-come, first-served basis through December 30.
KANSAS DEER REGULATIONS
OUTH AND DISABLED
Season: Sept. 13 – 21, 2008
Youth 16 and younger, who possess a valid deer permit, may hunt during this special deer season only while under the immediate supervision of an adult 18 or older. Any person who possesses a valid deer permit and has a permit to hunt from a vehicle pursuant to KAR 115-18-4 or a disability assistance permit issued pursuant to KAR 115-18-15 may also hunt during this season. All resident and nonresident permits are valid, and equipment restrictions designated on permits apply. Hunter orange clothing is required.
Season: Sept. 22 – Oct. 5, 2008
The following permits may be used during this season in units specified on permit, using muzzleloader equipment only: resident or nonresident Muzzleloader Either-species/Eithersex Permit, resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer Permit, nonresident Muzzleloader Whitetailed Deer Permit, Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Special Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Antlerless Whitetailed Deer Permit, and Antlerless Either-Species Deer Permit. Hunter orange clothing is required.
EARLY FIREARM (DMU 19)
Season: Oct. 11 – 19, 2008
The following permits are valid for use in Unit 19 during this season using legal equipment stated on permit: Resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer; Resident Archery Either-Species/Either-Sex; Antlerless White-tailed Deer; Hunt-Own-Land permit valid on land within Unit 19; Special Hunt-Own-Land permit valid on land within Unit 19; Nonresident Archery Either-Species/Either-Sex; Nonresident Archery White-tailed Deer; and
Nonresident Muzzleloader (muzzleloading equipment only) or Firearm White-tailed Deer permits valid in units 9, 10, 11 or 14. Hunter orange clothing is required.
Season: Dec. 3 – 14, 2008
The following permits may be used during this season in units specified on permit: resident or nonresident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Permit (muzzleloading equipment only), nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer Permit (muzzleloading equipment only), resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer Permit (statewide), nonresident Firearm White-tailed Deer Permit, Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Special Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permit, and Antlerless Either-Species Deer Permit. Hunter orange clothing is required. (The archery season remains open, but archery permit holders may only hunt with a archery equipment and must wear hunter orange.)
EXTENDED ANTLERLESS-ONLY WHITETAIL
Season: Jan. 1 – 4, 2009
Unit restrictions on the permit remain in effect. Any unfilled 2008-09 deer permit valid in Units 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19 may be used during the extended white-tailed antlerless-only season. Resident Either-species/Either-sex permits valid for the East Zone would be valid only in Units 7 and 16. All other units are closed for the extended season. Any legal equipment may be used to take a white-tailed deer without a visible antler
plainly protruding from its skull during the extended season. A 2009 Kansas hunting license is required, unless exempt by Kansas law. Hunter orange clothing is required.
Kansas Whitetail Deer Outfitters
Kansas is reknown for the County of Butler however because of the pressure put on this County I surmise that the biggest deer don’t reside in Butler County, Kansas but are hiding out in portions of the State that have gone unpressured. This is why IMB Outfitters is located in Zone 1. In Zone 1 you won’t see as many whitetail deer as Butler County, Kansas but when you harvest your buck it probably is going to possess a higher score. Parts of Zone1 are phenomenal. The one thing to watch for is not to lease or go with a Kansas Whitetail Outfitter that is running hunts on what the State calls “Walk in Ground.” This is ground that private landowners lease to the State for a fee. Many of these farms nobody even knows are public but believe me from experience they have received high pressure. IMB Outfitters only leases private exclusive leases and is located in the secretive hideouts of Zone 1.