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a hunting primer:

GettinG Started in the Show-Me State WrItten by Jason JenkIns Public land and hunting opportunities abound in Missouri, but for the uninitiated, learning how to take food from field to freezer can be daunting. the state offers a starting point, says Kyle Lairmore, hunter-education and shooting-range coordinator with the Missouri department of Conservation (MdC). the department offers programs and managed hunts to help first-time hunters learn the ropes and meet peers. “our hunter-ed program provides more flexibility and options than ever,” Lairmore says, noting the course is required for anyone 16 or older hunting with firearms. “it teaches hunter safety and ethics, wildlife identification, game care, firearm-handling skills and hunting techniques.” the course consists of two parts: a knowledge session that can be completed online, through a written self-study guide or in a classroom; and a skills session with a mandatory exam. Missouri also offers an apprentice-hunter program: For a $10 authorization and the cost to acquire a firearm-hunting permit, you can go afield with a properly licensed and certified hunter. this option is for two permit-years only, after which hunter education must be completed. “don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask someone to take you hunting,” Lairmore says. “if you’re a hunter and someone asks, don’t be afraid to take them. Share his or her first-time experience, and you can relive your first hunt.” Learn more online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov. baSiCS For huntinG MiSSouri’S MoSt PoPuLar GaMe SPeCieS: White-tailed deer: Last year, Missouri hunters harvested nearly 275,000 white-tailed deer, two-thirds of them during the 11-day firearms season, or deer season, slated for nov. 12 to 22 this year. however, opportunities to hunt deer statewide began Sept. 15, when archery season opened. (this stops during firearm season on nov. 11 and then returns from nov. 23 through Jan. 15.) a permit is required to hunt deer, and deer limits and restrictions vary by county and season. Full details are available in MdC’s 2016 Fall deer & turkey hunting guide at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov. Wild turkey: Missouri affords three weeks each spring to hunt wild turkey, allowing each permitted hunter to harvest two gobblers. (there are limits to this, however; hunters can’t take two birds in one day and can only take one during the first week of the season.) turkeys – both male and female – can be hunted throughout the fall, but firearms are only allowed in october. in 2017, the spring season will be april 17 through May 7, pending approval. More than 400 MdC conservation areas are suited for turkey hunting.

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Pheasant and Quail: these upland game birds offer excellent quarry for beginning wing shooters, and hunting them requires little equipment. with a small-game-hunting permit, they can be pursued from nov. 1 to Jan. 15. daily limits are two male pheasants or eight quail. Pheasant populations are sporadic but most abundant in northwest Missouri. Quail are found in every county, and more than a dozen conservation areas are maintained for the bird. ducks: Compared to upland game birds like quail, pheasant and wild turkey, hunting waterfowl is more complex. in addition to a small-game-hunting permit, both a migratory bird-hunting permit and a federal duck stamp are required. More equipment, such as decoys and calls, is necessary, and hunters must be able to differentiate duck species on the wing. the daily limit is six birds, with additional limits by species. Missouri has three geographical zones with staggered dates for duck hunting: this year, the season opens in the north zone on oct. 29, and the south zone closes on Jan. 22. (Seasons vary by region and duck species.) MdC manages 15 wetland areas where duck hunters can find hunting sites.

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October 2016 Feast Magazine  

Inspired by our love of nature, this issue of Feast is dedicated to the joys of fall in the Midwest. Crack open a cold one, find a place to...

October 2016 Feast Magazine  

Inspired by our love of nature, this issue of Feast is dedicated to the joys of fall in the Midwest. Crack open a cold one, find a place to...