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  1. The Presence of Antlered Does in Missouri

    Imagine seeing the buck of your dreams step into your sights. Your heart starts racing as you exhale calmly and squeeze the trigger. That stout buck with points aplenty becomes yours with the crack of a rifle. Elation ensues as you track your trophy, setting him up for photos and excitedly planning to share your hunting tale. As the adrenaline rush dies down, you flip your deer over to begin the process of skinning and gutting but something is amiss. Despite having antlers, the buck you just...
  2. 5 Diseases Affecting Whitetail Deer

    In a perfect world, deer, and other animals for that matter, would be unaffected by illness and disease. Unfortunately, this is far from the reality we know and there are several health issues that plague cervids. Although seeing disease in action may be a reasonably rare occurrence, it is still important that Missouri Whitetail hunters familiarize themselves with these diseases. Being able to recognize and identify disease will not only help prevent further spread but also reduces risks of...
  3. Photographing Trophy Bucks

    One of the many joys of bagging an impressive buck is the bragging rights that come with having done so. Simply telling others of your accomplishment is not enough; you have to be able to back it up with proof. This can be quite difficult when it comes to convincing those who were not present in the field with you to witness your kill. Sure, your mount will be ready to show off eventually, but in the meantime you want to show off your deer without hearing cries of 'exaggeration' being hurled...
  4. 5 Tips for Hunting the Rut

    Every deer hunter is poised to take advantage of the rut. It is during this time of year that bucks are most active as they harass does and search for a mate. This is an ideal time to score yourself a nice trophy, but it is helpful to observe your hunting area beforehand in order to gauge your chances of success. Five good ways to do so are listed below. 1. Keep an eye on the weather, especially wind and precipitation that will affect scent such as rising hot air and sinking cool air. By...
  5. Skinning and Gutting Your Harvest to Prevent Spoilage

    The elation you feel upon harvesting a deer is tough to match, especially when you remember that at that point the work is only just beginning. Once you have made a kill and tracked that deer to its final resting place, the task begins of removing that animal from the woods and properly caring for the meat to keep it safe for consumption. One must remember that various environmental factors will affect the quality of the meat and it is up to you to prevent spoilage. Because of this, it is...
  6. 91,460 Missouri Whitetails Harvested in the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Opening Weekend

    Opening weekend is an exciting time for whitetail deer hunters not just in Missouri but all over the country. As hunters make their way out into the woods for the first hunt of the season, there is a certain electricity in the air, a hopefulness that this hunt will bring a great bounty. Aches and pains are forgotten as hunters trek determinedly out into nature, looking forward to forgetting about their real world woes and replacing them will the joys of an opening weekend harvest. For many...
  7. Finding Injured Deer with a Tracking Stick

    In a perfect world, each shot you take at a deer will flawlessly hit its mark, dropping the animal upon contact. As nice as that sounds, this world is far from perfect, and even the best placed shots don't always get the job done in an instant. Whether your shot makes contact as a mere graze or fails to put the deer down as intended, sometimes that animal is going to take off, and a mobile deer can cover a significant amount of distance while leaving very little blood to guide you to its...
  8. Share the Harvest Brings Venison Protein to Missourians in Need

    Hunger may be a problem that you frequently hear about in other countries, but it affects people right here in Missouri as well. Food banks provide relief for needy families on a regular basis, but as the holidays loom, the need for food donations increases. Although donations to food banks are often plentiful, the most typically given items are canned goods. While this is beneficial due to the fact that such items are non-perishable, it is much more difficult to meet the protein needs of...
  9. Communicating a Request for Emergency Assitance in the Woods

    When you set out on a hunt, it is important to take some measures to ensure your own safety and survival in the event things do not go as planned. Emergencies can occur at any time and you may find yourself in a vulnerable position. While it is not always possible to avoid unfortunate accidents or incidents in the field, it is possible to prepare for and plan to survive them. In order to do so, there are a few steps you should follow, such as: 1. Considering and preparing for anything you...
  10. What Missouri Whitetail Hunters Should Know About Camo

    Frequent topics that come up for discussion when it comes to whitetail hunting in Missouri include shooting houses, guns, bows, and the deer themselves. One of the things less likely to come up in conversation but still very important to consider is camouflage. Of all the preparations we make to set out into the field, having good quality, effective camouflage should be at the top of the list. Although it may seem easy enough to dress like a piece of foliage, there should be more to your...
  11. The Impact Weather Has on The Hunt

    Have you ever noticed the refreshing, invigorating feeling that overcomes you during the first cold front of the season? When hot, humid summer temperatures finally break, it is a welcome relief to feel the crisp, coolness of fall. If you think this feels good, you're not the only one. You may notice animals frolicking about, enjoying the cooler weather as well, but it's not just your household pets or livestock that may get a little perkier; the same cool weather appreciation extends to...
  12. What Dreams Do Missouri Whitetails Keep?

    There's nothing like a restful night of sleep before a hunting expedition, but you are not the only one in need of a little shuteye. Whitetail deer also need to catch some zzz's from time to time, although not in the same manner that we do. Since they are a prey animal, they cannot simply lay down and close their eyes for eight hours, as this goes against their rules of survival. Deer need to stay alert, which rules out extended periods of periods of deep sleep in favor of something more...
  13. Senate Bill 506 Defeats Reclassification of Missouri Whitetails

    Captive deer have long been a source of contention in Missouri. With many parties both for and against raising deer in captivity, the argument recently heated up as Senate Bill 506 took the spotlight. The intention of this bill was to classify captive deer as livestock, thereby changing the department from which deer farmers would receive oversight. The current classification allowed deer farm management to be monitored by the Department of Conservation, but Senate Bill 506 would change...
  14. Hunting with the Original ATV: The Horse

    A long, vigorous trek into the woods is hard on most bodies, regardless of how in shape you are. As tough as your journey into the woods may be, you still have to make it back out, ideally with a deer in tow. To make things easier on yourself, you may opt to take a vehicle. Whether you use a pickup or an all-terrain vehicle, it will become possible to lessen the impact of a hard trek on your body. While motorized transportation can certainly make things easier on a whitetail hunter, it has...
  15. Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri

    When you set out on a hunting expedition in Missouri, you are going to be on the lookout for a healthy, robust whitetail deer to bring home. While an animal in good flesh that appears to be in overall good condition is the goal, there is a chance that you might see something else entirely while out in the field. One such example of a diseased, unhealthy deer is one that has Chronic Wasting Disease. Photo: Country Captures Chronic Wasting Disease, also referred to as CWD, is fatal to...
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