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2013 Youth Deer Hunt a Success at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, November 3, 2013
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This hunter not only got a nice buck, but she also shot this 200 pound hog.
This hunter not only got a nice buck, but she also shot this 200 pound hog. - Photo Credit: Peter Rea/USFWS
Many lasting memories were made during the hunt. This young hunter shot her first deer over the weekend and got do it alongside her grandfather.
Many lasting memories were made during the hunt. This young hunter shot her first deer over the weekend and got do it alongside her grandfather. - Photo Credit: Peter Rea/USFWS
A number of big bucks were harvested over the weekend.
A number of big bucks were harvested over the weekend. - Photo Credit: Peter Rea/USFWS
Mingo staff and volunteers enjoyed seeing the smiles on the youth faces as they checked in their deers.
Mingo staff and volunteers enjoyed seeing the smiles on the youth faces as they checked in their deers. - Photo Credit: Peter Rea/USFWS

On the weekend of November 2 through 3, 2013, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge welcomed 50 youth hunters to the refuge to take part in the annual Youth Firearm Deer Hunt. The 50 youth hunters apply for the hunt and are randomly selected through the Missouri Department of Conservation Managed Hunt Draw System. The recent success of Mingo’s youth deer hunt has made it widely popular and among the most applied for hunts within the state of Missouri.

This year, Mingo staff upped the quota to allow each youth hunter to harvest two deer with only one of those deer being antlered. Besides deer, the youth hunters could also harvest feral hogs up until their two deer tags were filled.

Overall, the success of the refuges youth deer hunt continued for the 2013 season. During the two-day hunt 23 bucks, 6 button bucks, 11 does and 3 feral hogs were harvested off Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. The Mingo Staff and Volunteers had a blast talking with the youth hunters and hearing their hunt stories for the weekend. Even the youth that did not harvest deer still had a great experience and got to enjoy the outdoors with their hunting mentor. Mingo staff and volunteers always look forward to this youth hunt weekend and hope the success of the hunt continues.


Contact Info: Peter Rea, 573-222-3589, peter_rea@fws.gov



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