In an effort to trim Missouri’s one-million-strong deer herd, antlerless permits are available for only $7 apiece to both residents and nonresidents this fall. The Department of Conservation’s Lonnie Hansen says bowhunters in 50 of the state’s 59 DMUs can also take unlimited antlerless deer, as can gun hunters in 39 DMUs, to help the 2003 harvest keep pace with the 280,000 deer taken last year. Missouri’s public lands receive too much hunting pressure to produce big trophy bucks with any regularity, Hansen notes. Contact: Department of Natural Resources (800-361-4827; www.dnr.state.mo.us).
Deer Forecast 2003