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2008 Squaw Creek Refuge Primitive Deer Hunt
Midwest Region, January 7, 2008
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The 2008 Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge primitive firearms anterless white-tailed deer hunt took place January 5, 6 & 7, 2008.  Although the refuge staff organizes and manages the hunt, it is part of the Missouri Department of Conservation's managed deer hunts and requires application/drawing prior to the hunt.

This hunt was limited to 100 hunters who could hunt on all three days.  Each hunter could harvest a maximum of 4 deer, including 3 antlerless deer and 1 antlered buck.  However, hunters were required to check in 3 antlerless deer prior to being able to harvest an antlered deer.  Hunters could also use their fourth tag to harvest an antlerless deer.  Successful applicants were allowed to scout for 7 days over the Christmas holiday season.

A total of 1,265 individuals applied for the 100 permits.  During the hunt, a total of 92 participated harvesting 164 animals.  Hunter success (% who harvested at least one deer) was 75% while 58% harvested more than one deer but only 5 individuals harvested all 4 deer.  Of the 164 harvested, 36 were fawn males, 28 fawn females, 8 yearling males, 18 yearling females, 17 adult males and 57 adult females.  It was interesting to note that only 3 of the 25 yearling and adult bucks checked had antlers while the rmainder of the yearling and adult bucks had previously shed their antlers and were checked as antlerless deer.  Typically only 2-3 shed bucks have been checked as antlerless deer during the previous hunts. 

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
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