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  1. Drones: Problem or Solution for Missouri Whitetail Hunters?

    Imagine all the work it takes to stealthily stalk your prey. As you get up early, dress in clothing you were careful to prepare, and travel over harsh terrain to your favorite hunting spot, you carry with you the expectation that you will be able to settle in for a quiet day of whitetail hunting. What if, instead of the calm and quiet you expect, the rising sun is accompanied by a persistent, annoying buzzing sound from overhead? If this scenario sounds unlikely to you, then it is time you...
  2. Practicing Safety on the Hunt

    Every year, millions of people head into the woods for hunting season between Missouri and other parts of the United States. As these people seek wild game, they carry with them, sometimes precariously, loaded weapons. Through woods both thick and thin, they move about, taking steps to stay safe as they traverse treacherous terrain. During this process, good intentions are simply not enough, however, and it is up to each individual hunter to learn and practice safe firearms handling,...
  3. Bow Season Preparations

    Many of us are eagerly awaiting the beginning of Missouri bow season and it won't be long now! Rather than kick back while you wait, however, there are plenty of preparations you could be taking so you are ready to go on opening day. There is nothing worse than getting out to the field and finding something amiss that sidelines you before you even get started, so get busy taking care of business in advance so your bow season will be off to a good start. Having your bow checked and tuned is...
  4. Building a Missouri Shooting House

    When hunting season opens and you prepare to trek into the woods, it is imperative that you have a plan to enact once you select a hunting destination. Will you be moving about, stalking your game, or will you instead hole up and still hunt instead? If you plan to still hunt, you are going to need a good place to position yourself while you wait, and that is where a shooting house comes into play. It is possible to spend your time still hunting in the field leaning against a tree or perched...
  5. County Ordinance 5534.2: What It Meant for Missouri Hunters and Why It Was Repealed

    Laws and ordinances exist everywhere and it sometimes seems as if they have a hand in regulating many things, even too many depending on who you ask. On a regular basis, new laws are born, much of which are not very well communicated to the public they will go on to directly impact. One such example of this is an ordinance recently affecting Missouri residents and hunters in Jackson County. The specifics of this ordinance, known as County Ordinance 5534.2 (see page 5) are as follows:...
  6. Missouri Whitetail Deer Season is Coming Soon: Dates and Info

    Deer season is nearly upon us, and if you have not yet taken the time to review Missouri's season opening dates, now is the time to do so. Being aware of what season begins when means not missing out on a single day of in the field. Now is also a key time to make those other preps, such as acquiring the proper, signed permit (permits for this season were available starting in July, so it is possible to get yours at any time now), stocking up on ammo, and making sure your camouflage, hunt...
  7. Turkey Hunting Tips!

    Whitetails aren't the only thing member hunt here on MissouriWhitetails! Turkey is a very popular game as well, and many of the members are sharing their tips and tricks through photos at the following thread. [URL]http://www.missouriwhitetails.com/forums/showthread.php?t=179904[/URL] Be sure to stop by to see what members are up to and how they bag those turkeys!
  8. Reasons Why Non-Residents Should Bow Hunt In Missouri

    This is a forum for those who live in Missouri, but it is also a great time to make a sales pitch to non-residents who are thinking of bow-hunting out of state. Not everyone in the country has access to healthy bucks, and the regulations for hunting in certain states or cities can be rather stringent. And Missouri can be a great vacation destination, along with being a great locale for finding prime buck in the woods. In the spring 2014 edition of North American Whitetail, the state of...
  9. Deer Diseases

    In my previous article about the dangers of whitetail deer, I mentioned some common deer diseases. But what are these diseases, and how harmful are they to humans? Deer are not domestic animals, and are susceptible to a wide range of viruses, parasites and bacteria. If you are curious about which types of diseases can affect deer, here is what to watch out for. Chronic Wasting Disease The state of Missouri has been rather stringent when it comes to instituting CWD zones, and various...
  10. Top Three Reasons Why Whitetail Deer Are Dangerous

    In an article from Reason, the whitetail deer was dubbed the most dangerous animal in North America. It may seem like an odd statement, but when think about it, whitetails do pose a danger to humans, not just in Missouri, but around the country. The amount of people who die from deer towers that of people killed by bears or mountain lions, according to Reason. You may think that the people die from hunting as a result of getting too close to deer, but there are other ways that people die at...
  11. Attracting Deer In Missouri

    Instead of going out and searching for deer, there are ways you can make the animals come to you. The state of Missouri is one of the best locations in the country for deer hunting, and you'll have no shortage of deer coming your way, if you know how to attract them. Whether it is in your backyard, or a designated piece of land, attracting deer is a simple process, if they are known to frequent the area. Attracting deer is also a good idea when camping or hunting on unfamiliar lands. The...
  12. Top Seven Deer Safety Tips When Hunting In Missouri

    Hunting is an adventure, but it is always important to keep in mind certain safety measures. You may be a safe and mindful hunter, but you may come across newbie hunters, and other hunters who are reckless and inexperienced. You may not be in control of others, but the best you can do is to be aware of your surroundings, and know if there are any other hunters in the vicinity. 7. Wearing Hunter Orange Clothing Wearing orange clothing helps other hunters spot each other, and it is required...
  13. What Does Poaching Mean In Missouri?

    The most discussed form of poaching pertains to Africa, and parts of Asia, but various state laws around the country are very stringent when it comes to American poaching, especially deer. What would constitute deer poaching in Missouri? When it comes to Missouri state law, an example of poaching deer includes shooting a deer from the road and extracting their meat at the kill scene. Numerous deer carcasses have been found around the state, with the heads or antlers removed. Other activities...
  14. Transporting Deer In Missouri

    Image from Katerno Deer hunting can be an adventure steeped in family bonding and camaraderie, but there are some safety tips to keep in mind when going on the hunt. When caught in the moment, it can be all too easy to look over simple safety measures that can spell trouble if ignored. But, being safe is not a burden, and all such information can be found from the Missouri Department of Conservation website. Shot Deer As stated from the MDC, a shot deer is not always dead, especially if...
  15. The 2013-14 Missouri Deer Season by the numbers

    According to the MDC, over a quarter million deer were harvested by all methods this last season. We have the numbers and the analysis direct from the survey to find out just how your area stacked up against the rest of the state. Firearms it is Like usual, the highest number of deer harvested overall were during the firearms season, with some 157,272, almost 62% of all deer, taken during that season. However youth hunts accounted for nearly 20,000 all by themselves and unlike the regular...
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