2019 Early Youth Deer Hunt IS NOV. 2ND & 3RD IN MISSOURI - The Independent-Journal: Coming Events

2019 Early Youth Deer Hunt IS NOV. 2ND & 3RD IN MISSOURI

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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019 3:08 pm

The Early Youth Firearms Deer Hunt will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd and Late Youth Hunt will be November 29th thru December 1st. Statewide the same as last year. The Hunt is open to residents and non-resident youth ages 6 thru 15 years on opening day of season. (Minimum age 6 for resident land-owner youth on their property or for lessee youth hunting on leased land they live on.)

During the Early Youth Portion of Firearms Deer Season antler-point restrictions do not apply. Season Limit one deer either sex. (Hunting methods may be centerfire rifle, pistol or revolver with expanding type bullets such as lead or copper, shotgun including .410 slugs only), air powered gun, .40 caliber or larger powered with external high compression power source (hand pump, air tank or air compression): muzzleloading or Cap and Ball firearms, .40 caliber or larger firing a single projectile at one discharge with inlines and scopes allowed; multi-barreled muzzleloading or cap and ball firearms or handguns .40 caliber or larger (may be carried in addition to rifle): (Hand-held string releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights allowed) Archery, long-bow, recurve or compound bow (any draw weight) crossbow or Atlatl (hand thrown dart).

Methods prohibited (in use or in possession)

• self-loading firearms with capacity of more than 11 cartridges in magazine and chamber combined

• ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot)

• full hard metal case projectiles

• fully automatic firearms

• any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game

• electronic calls or electronically activated calls

• Night Vision or thermal imaging equipment

• Use of bait

• Use of dogs

• Additional methods may be prohibited by local ordinances.

The Late Youth Hunt is set for Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019, Statewide.

Season Limits-

• Only one deer (of either sex) may be taken during the early youth portion. If you have more than one permit, you must use them in another portion.

• Only one antlered deer may be taken during firearms deer season (all portions combined).

• Each county has a limit on the number of firearms antlerless deer hunting permits you may fill during firearms deer season (all portions combined).

• The antler-point restriction does not apply during the youth portions.

• Only two antlered deer during the archery and firearms deer hunting seasons combined.

Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

Youth hunters ages 11-15 years must be Hunter Ed. Certified. Those not Certified must be in the immediate presence of a qualified mentor. (a properly licensed adult hunter with valid hunter ed card or was born before Jan. 1, 1967. Adults may not hunt during youth portions, “Immediate presence” means close enough for normal conversation.) Adult lessees born before Jan. 1, 1967  do not need to be Hunter Ed Certified to accompany youth hunting on a Youth Deer & Turkey Permit on land they lease and live on.

Youth without Hunter Ed. Certification may use Resident or Non-resident Firearms permit, Resident or Non-resident landowners Firearms any Deer (on qualifying land).

Hunter Ed. Certified youth may use; Resident/Non-Resident Firearms Any Deer Permit; Res./Non. Res. Firearms Antlerless Deer Permit; Res./Non Res. Landowner Firearms Any Deer or Resident Landowner Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit.

Hunters are required to wear Hunter Orange during the Youth Hunt.

Deer killed must be checked by telephone or on the internet. To check a deer call 1-800-314-6828 or go online at www.mdc.mo.gov and follow instructions. Must be checked by 10 P.M. on day of kill. You will be given  a Confirmation Number to record.

Deer must be checked before they leave the state.

Regardless of age a youth must be capable of holding, aiming and shooting the firearm by him or herself.

Valid Permits-

Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit- For one antlered or antlerless deer statewide during firearms deer season. Age 6-15...$8.50

Resident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit- For one antlerless deer during firearms deer season. Antlerless permits may be purchased in any number, but each county has a limit on the number of antlerless permits you may fill during firearms deer season (all portions combined). (Washington County two permits only) Age 6-15...$3.50

Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit- For one antlered or antlerless deer statewide during firearms deer season. Age 6-15...$8.50

Nonresident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit- For one antlerless deer during firearms deer season. You must buy a Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit or a Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit to buy these permits. Antlerless permits may be purchased in any number, but each county has a limit on the number of antlerless permits you may fill during firearms deer season (all portions combined). (Washington County two permits only) Age 6-15... $3.50

Resident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit- For one deer (of either sex) during firearms deer season. This permit is valid only on property for which it is issued. Age 6 and older... No-cost

Resident Landowner Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit- For one antlerless deer during firearms deer season. These permits are valid only on property for which they are issued. Age 6 and older... No-cost

Permits must be signed, they cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Several area residents annually take part in the Youth Hunt welcoming the opportunity to scout for regular season.

Permits for residents and  nonresidents under age 16

The Youth Deer & Turkey Hunting Permit and the Youth Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit are no longer available. Youth ages 6 through 15, whether they are hunter-education certified or not, can purchase resident or nonresident deer and turkey hunting permit at reduced prices.

If the youth is hunter-education certified and hunting on a resident or nonresident firearms deer or turkey permit, he or she may hunt alone. However, if the youth is not hunter-ed certified, he or she must hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult hunter who has in his or her possession a valid hunter ed certification card or was born before Jan. 1, 1967.

The adult, however, may not hunt deer during the youth portions of the firearms deer season.

• “Immediate presence” means close enough for normal conversation, without shouting.

 • “Properly licensed” means a valid firearms hunting permit for the appropriate season (i.e., either a filled or unfilled Firearms Deer or a Fall Firearms Turkey Hunting Permit).

• “Adult” means someone age 18 or older. In addition, adults accompanying youths hunting deer must wear hunter orange. Regardless of age, the youth must be capable of holding, aiming and shooting the firearm by him or herself.

You may take only two antlered deer during archery and firearms deer hunting season combined.

However, youth hunters may now take their second antlered deer during the early portion of xyouth firearms season.

Antler point restrictions do not apply during youth portions.

• and for 1 turkey (of either sex) during the Fall firearms turkey hunting season.

Note: If a youth becomes hunter-ed certified while the Deer & Turkey Hunting Permit is still valid, he or she can either;

• turn in the unused portions and purchase a regular firerarms permit, which will allow the youth to hunt without an adult in the immediate presence (however, no refund will be given for unused portion).

• or continue to use the youth permit, but must hunt in the immediate presence of a qualified adult.

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