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Missouri Deer Hunts

Missouri Deer Hunts

The State of Missouri is the “sleeper” or “darkhorse” of all Midwestern States. Many of us sit around watching Outdoor Television and soon forget about the State of Missouri due to the fact many leading real estate corporations are focusing on other Midwestern States for real estates sales. The fact remains that Missouri is nothing short of awesome if your in the right location. In fact after 13 years of outfitting I believe Missouri is better than Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and many others. I would go as far as to say that the only trophy whitetail state that is better is Iowa. This statement comes from me (Darrin Bradley) who has been an outfitter in 5 states for 13 years and killed 19 record book bucks. Missouri is amazing.

Missouri deer hunts are amazing due to the strict antler restrictions placed on most of the States. In most counties in the Northern half of the State you cannot kill a buck unless it has 4 points on one side of the rack. After 7 years of this antler restriction in Missouri deer hunting it is simple to understand just why Missouri is so very good.

Counties with the antler restriction include:
• Andrew, Atchison, Audrain,
• Barton, Bates, Benton, Boone, Buchanan,
• Caldwell, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Cedar, Clark, Clinton, Cole, Cooper,
• Daviess, DeKalb,
• Gasconade, Gentry, Grundy,
• Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howard,
• Johnson,Knox,
• Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston,
• Maries, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan,
• Nodaway, Osage,
• Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam,
• Ralls, Ray,
• Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve,
• Vernon, Warren and Worth

Missouri is very particular and the hunter must be precise when selecting a Missouri deer outfitter. You must hunt Macon, Shelby, or Knox Counties in Missouri or run a high risk of not being exposed to the type of hunting one can brag about. As a resident of Missouri for 46 years I know that some regions in Missouri do not even resemble the quality areas of Northeastern Missouri. Thus remember you gotta get into Macon, Shelby, or Knox County to really see spectacular Missouri deer hunting.

Missouri deer hunting also is the only Midwestern State ranking in the top half dozen States in the Nation wherein you can hunt with a rifle during the rut. Simply put…….the Missouri Rifle Season is unmatched. Missouri's firearms deer hunting season is made up of the following portions that provide hunters with many opportunities to take deer while helping to maintain a healthy deer population.
• Urban zones: Oct. 5-8 only in selected areas
• Early youth: Nov. 3-4 statewide
• November: Nov.10-20 statewide
• Antlerless: Nov. 21-Dec. 2 only in selected areas
• Alternative Methods: Dec. 15-25 statewide
• Late youth: Dec. 29-30, statewide

Season Limit
• 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 an archer’s hunting permit during the archery season or on a managed hunt permit during a managed hunt.
• All hunters may purchase any number of permits to take antlerless deer, but some county restrictions apply.

Shooting Hours
• One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Valid Permits
• Resident or Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit
• Resident or Nonresident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit
• Resident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit
• Resident Landowner Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit
Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How many firearms antlerless permits can you use?
A. The number you can fill depends on the counties in which you hunt.
Q. When can these permits be used?
A. They can be used during all portions of the firearms deer season, except in areas that are closed during the urban zones and antlerless portions.

Over the course of running Missouri deer hunts with IMB Outfitters we have taken more trophy bucks during the gun season than any other season, state, or location. Let’s face it, the rut…………………a rifle. I tell most hunters if they will just stay off there cell phone and hunt “old school” it’s harder to fail than succeed. If you’re looking for a whitetail hunt that’s as close to a sure thing as possible, then book your Missouri deer hunt with a rifle asap with IMB Outfitters. IMB has been in business 14 years and it’s owner has been a Missouri resident for 46 years. IMB knows Missouri deer hunting and that’s for sure. Methods allowed during all portions of the firearms deer season, except the alternative methods portion:

• Centerfire pistols, revolvers or rifles using expanding-type bullets. Legal ammunition includes lead bullets, copper bullets and bullets made of other material designed to expand.
• Shotguns (including .410) with slugs only
• Air-powered guns, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high compression power source (external hand pump, air tank, or air compressor)
• Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms, .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge; in-lines and scopes are allowed.
• 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 cap-and-ball rifle.
• Longbows, compound bows or recurve bows of any draw weight; hand-held string releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights are allowed.
• Crossbows
• Atlatls, which are defined as a rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet long
Methods prohibited (in use or in possession)
• Self-loading firearms with capacity of more than 11 cartridges in magazine and chamber combined
• Ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot)
• Full hard metal case projectiles
• Fully automatic firearms
• Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game
• Electronic calls or electronically activated calls

Missouri archery hunting is outstanding as well. Missouri offers a season that opens as early as Sept 15, and is a great time to ambush unsuspecting whitetail bucks in bachelor groups. Missouri’s tag is easy to buy over the counter for the low price of $200. This tag allows you to kill one buck, unlimited does, 2 turkeys, and coyotes. Thus when bowhunting Missouri you have many alternatives in the field to entertain yourself. We do real well at IMB Outfitters in Missouri when archery hunting as well. Normally hunters will see 40 deer per day per hunter, and over the course of a 5 day hunt a hunter selecting Missouri will see around a dozen record book bucks over the course of their hunt. Missouri is so very entertaining.

Season dates:
• September 15-November 9, 2012
• November 21, 2012-January 15, 2013
Open statewide, antler-point restrictions apply in some counties, see map on antler-point restrictions in selected counties.
Shooting hours
• One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Valid permits
• Resident or Nonresident Archer’s Hunting Permit
• Resident Landowner Archer’s Hunting Permit
• Resident or Nonresident Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit
• Resident Landowner Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit
Hunters may purchase and fill any number of Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits during the archery deer season in all counties

Methods allowed
• Longbows, compound bows or recurve bows of any draw weight
• Atlatls, which are defined as a rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet long
• Hand-held string-releasing devices
• Illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights
Methods prohibited
• A bow fastened to a stock or other device that maintains the bow in a drawn position
• Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game
• Use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, electronically activated calls or live decoys

The Missouri Monarch is a buck that hunters can only dream about. That is because it was not hunter-harvested, but the big white-tailed buck is the current world record non-typical white-tailed buck. Yes, that’s big! The deer was smart enough — or lucky enough — to avoid hunters despite spending it’s life in the shadows of a major metropolitan area. The story all started on November 25, 1981, when Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Mike Helland was sent on what appeared to be a routine patrol call in St. Louis County. The white-tailed deer was discovered by a hunter, but it was not shot with bullet or arrow.

The toothless buck was found dead, apparently of natural causes. The deer had a non-typical antler rack that measured 333 7/8 under the complicated Boone and Crockett trophy scoring system. The massive antlers shattered the record from Texas of 286 points, which had stood since 1892. The buck’s antlers had an inside spread of 25 1/8 inches and weighed 11 1/4 pounds. However, there is no definite explanation for the tremendousantler growth exhibited by the deer, but the deer grew a monstrous rack between spring and winter.

The Missouri Monach was 4 1/2 years old and had a full-body weight of 250 pounds. The buck had a deformity in the lower jaw, causing it to be set back a few inches. According to Department biologists, the deformity may have been caused by a canine bite early in the buck’s life. The injury consisted of a small puncture hole in the lower jaw bone that apparently resulted in an infection that caused a total loss of his lower incisor teeth.

A buck’s antlers are composed of calcium, phosphorus, and protein. When growth is completed, the once soft antlers forms into solid bone.Abnormally shaped antlers occur occasionally, for several reasons, and sometimes represent injury during growth. The big Missouri buck represents the trophy that most deer hunters dream of, but it goes into the books as a deer “not taken by a hunter”. What a story about Missouri deer hunts.

Darrin Bradley

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