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Primitive Firearms White-tailed Deer Hunt
Midwest Region, January 3, 2010
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The annual white-tailed deer hunt at Squaw creek National Wildlife Refuge was held on January 2-3, 2010.  This hunt was initiated in January 1988 to reduce the high population of deer, to reduce the number of deer being hit on Interstate 29 and Highway 159 and 118,  to reduce damage to understory in the refuge woodlands and to reduce damage to agricultural crops on adjacent private landowners.

This is a cooperative hunt with the Missouri Department of Conservation  (MDC).  Although the refuge staff organizes and manages the hunt, it is set up as one of the Missouri Department of Conservation's managed deer hunts. The application period is July 1 to August 15 each year.  A total of 726 applicants applied for the 125 permits that were  randomly drawn by MDC in early September. 

Selected hunters could harvest a maximum of three antlerless deer only using muzzleloading firearms.  Successful applicants were permited to scout December 14-24, 2009. All participants checked in and out of the refuge during the hunt and submited harvested deer to the refuge check station for data collection.

Interest in this hunt continues to be high with 83% of those selected chose to hunt.  There were several hunters that dropped out due to health issues and due to the sub-zero temperatures and more than 20 inches of snow.  Hunter success was the poorest on record with only 39% of the participants harvesting at least one deer.  Seven hunters harvested 2 deer and 4 havested their limit of 3 deer.  A total of 55 deer were harvested.

Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov
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