Looking Ahead

Several Missouri hunters have contacted me recently because they are wishing to plan their vacation time for 2010 around turkey and deer seasons. Some dates are now available to aid in your scheduling.

The spring and fall turkey seasons have been set by the Conservation Commission and are as follows:

2010 Turkey

Spring

Youth 04/10/2010 – 04/11/2010

Regular 04/19/2010 – 05/09/2010

Fall 10/01/2010 – 10/31/2010

The dates for the 2010 deer seasons are only partially determined at this point. Season dates and regulations each year are dependent on review of data from the previous season. Because the 2009 deer harvest is ongoing, the number and composition of harvested deer is not yet known. Other data such as hunter and landowner surveys, number of deer/vehicle accidents, other feedback received from hunters, crop depredation reports and deer population estimates are not yet available. Only the starting dates for each portion of the season are currently available.

2010 Deer (beginning dates)

Archery Season 09/15/2010

Firearms Season

Urban zones 10/08/2010 in select areas

Early youth portion 10/30/2010

November portion 11/13/2010

Antlerless portion 11/24/2010

Muzzleloader portion 12/18/2010

Late youth portion 01/01/2011

The closing dates for each portion of next year’s deer seasons should be available by late April of 2010. Details of the season and regulations will be incorporated into the "2010 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information" booklet, which should be available around the first of July.