How do you feel about the recent changes to the deer hunting regulations in Missouri?

By Grant Woods,

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Dr. Woods,

How do you feel about the recent regulation changes in Missouri to take effect in the 2016-2017 season? Is there anything that you aren’t particularly fond of or disagree with? It seems like there’s a lot of contention, as is the case with any change to the wildlife code. So I’m curious what your stance is.

Thanks in advance.



I’m OK with the changes. There are many states that have legalized crossbows during the past decade and the data is clear that the deer harvest totals didn’t significantly increase. I’m Ok with reducing the buck harvest from a total of three (two archery one firearm) to two (max of one with firearm or two with a bow).  Only 500+ hunters took three bucks legally last year so that change isn’t significant except maybe encouraging some hunters to hold a tag for a larger buck.

I suspect more youth will hunt after Thanksgiving than after Christmas so I glad they moved the second portion of the youth season.

Overall I think the Missouri Department of Conservation does a good job. It’s very tough to please everyone. I hope folks review the data and not judge based on the rumor mill.

Enjoy creation,


December 16, 2015