MDC reminds deer hunters to follow safe firearms practices at all times

• Self-inflicted mishaps on opening weekend drive home the importance of firearms safety
Deer hunting involves many “how-to’s” – how to choose a good hunting spot, how to telecheck a harvested deer, how to field dress a deer – to name a few. Though each of these are valuable, hunters should not overlook the most important how-to – how to handle a firearm safely.

MDC reports 80,525 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 80,525 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 14 and 15. Of the 80,525 deer harvested, 48,695 were antlered bucks, 6,867 were button bucks, and 24,963 were does.

Youth big buck contest was a huge success

By Bill Cooper
    Miller Glass, of Rolla, and the Outdoor Vigilantes, a popular outdoor media group in the region, once again hosted their Missouri Youth Deer Season Big Buck Contest. The event took place on Sat, October 31, and Sunday, November 1.

Fight fall leaves for fall fish

By Larry Dablemont
    The darned leaves in the water makes it tough to fish a river in the fall. I should remember that! But I have a hard time learning things due to a deficiency which comes from being hit on the head so often over the years by falling limbs and lightning bolts resulting from high winds and thunderstorms. But I keep trying! Last week, with temperatures up in the seventies I tried again, up my favorite river on a calm day with no storms in sight.

MDC hopes to see hunters at CWD sample collection sites this weekend

COVID-19 has changed the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) chronic wasting disease (CWD) sample collection procedure during the opening weekend of the November firearms season to a voluntary process this year. However, MDC wants to remind hunters that there are still ways to cooperate in the state’s search for this devastating deer disease.