Hunters ask to apply for managed hunts

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Applications due this month to Department of Conservation

Missouri offers over 100 managed deer hunts for archery, crossbow, muzzleloading and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January, including hunts for youth only and for people with disabilities. Hunters are selected by a weighted random drawing.

The Managed Deer Hunt application period is July 1 through July 31. Review the list of managed hunts.

Draw results managed hunts will be available Sept. 1 through Jan. 15, 2020.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has a few key points to remember:

• Anyone may apply for only one managed deer hunt each year. Those who apply for more than one will be disqualified from this year’s drawing and will not receive a preference point.

• Youth who apply for a youth-only hunt may not also apply for a regular managed deer hunt.

• If a person cannot attend, another hunter cannot take that person’s place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn may attend.

• Individuals not drawn for a managed deer hunt may not accompany a hunter who was successfully drawn. This restriction does not apply to mentors accompanying youth hunters on a youth-only managed hunt.

• Some managed hunts require hunters to attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation. If you cannot attend the orientation, do not apply for these hunts.

• Whether a hunter applies as one in a party or as an individual, the chances of being drawn for a managed deer hunt are the same as everyone else’s.

• If a hunter is not drawn for a managed hunt this year, he or she will earn one preference point that will increase the odds for the next time application.

• If a hunter has a medical condition that limits mobility, please contact the manager of the area on which hunt will occur before applying for a managed hunt. Some areas may not have the access required, and the hunter may want to apply for a hunt on a different area.

• Most conservation areas remain open to the public during managed hunts.

People may go to mdc.mo.gov/managedhunt for a summary of how many applied for last year’s managed hunts and how many deer were taken.

Hunter-education certification is required to purchase firearms managed hunt permits unless you were born before Jan. 1, 1967.

A hunter must be 11 or older by the date of the hunt. Applications must be submitted between July 1 and July 31. Youth hunters may apply individually or with one other youth hunter for youth-only hunts, but not as a group. If applying for any other hunt, hunters may apply individually or as a group of up to six.

Youth who apply for a youth-only hunt may not also apply for a regular managed deer hunt.

There is a simple three-step process to applying:

• Designate one member of the group to visit the Managed Hunt Application. That person must have the hunt number for the managed hunt and the Conservation number of each hunter in the group. A Social Security number is not the same as a Conservation number. A hunter’s Conservation number is located on the back of the Conservation Heritage Cards and on the permits. If anyone needs a number, call 573-751-4115 during regular business hours to have one assigned.

Use the same Conservation number as last year to keep up with preference points. For future reference, print the confirmation page and save it.

• Enter prepared information in the Managed Hunt Application. If entered correctly, there will be a video or audio message confirming the application.

• Print out or write down the confirmation number to save for future reference.

Updates and those accepted will be announced online at Managed Hunt Drawing Results Sept. 1 through Jan. 15. Be prepared to enter the Conservation number (the same number used in the application) when checking the drawing results. Hunters also must provide the same Conservation number when they buy a managed deer hunting permit.

All successful applicants will receive an area map and other information regarding the hunt in the mail. Correct address information is needed to receive the information. If an address has changed, contact your local Department office during regular business hours.

Successful applicants can purchase their Managed Deer Hunting Permit beginning Aug. 15 wherever permits are sold.

A handful of managed hunts are held for youth only, or for hunters with disabilities only. Visit Youth-only Managed Hunts and Managed Hunts for Hunters with Disabilities for more information.

Any hunter who relies on a wheelchair is automatically allowed to participate in managed deer hunts at:

• August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

• Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area

• Caney Mountain Conservation Area

• James A. Reed Wildlife Area

• Peck Ranch Conservation Area

These hunts are part of the Managed Deer Hunt Program but are not limited to disabled hunters. Mail a written request by July 31 indicating hunt preference along with a physician’s statement to Missouri Department of Conservation Attn: Managed Deer Hunts, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Each hunter with a disability may be accompanied by an attendant/caregiver while hunting, but that person may not hunt unless he or she has applied and was successfully drawn for the same hunt. Wheelchair-confined hunters may participate in more than one managed deer hunt, but must purchase a managed deer hunting permit for each hunt they attend.

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