Hunters should make sure they know rules, regs; have all necessary permits
The fall deer and turkey archery seasons begin Sunday and continue through Nov. 16 in Missouri.
Those planning on hunting on Fort Leonard Wood should make sure they have all necesssary permits and be familiar with the installation’s hunting and fishing regulations before heading out.
The best way to start is by visiting the installation’s online iSportsman portal at https://ftleonardwood.isportman.net. Once registered, visitors can use the site to obtain a free Outdoor Recreation Permit, which will allow them to start checking in and out of on-post hunting areas. It is mandatory for all persons hunting or recreating outdoors to use the iSportsman system to check in and out of designated hunting areas.
Bow hunters in Missouri need a Missouri Archery Hunting Permit, available for $19 for state residents. Deer hunters may also need a Missouri Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit ($7 for residents).
On Fort Leonard Wood, In addition to the free Outdoor Recreation permit, bow hunters will need:
— A Fort Leonard Wood Sportsman’s Permit, (available for $15);
— A 2019 Archery Deer and turkey Permit,($5);
All on-post permits can be purchased on the iSportsman site or at the Outdoor Adventure Center located at 16810 FLW K Road. The OAC is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days per week, and has copies of regulations available. It also sells state and local licenses. Those with questions can call the OAC at 573.596.4223.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, archery deer-and-turkey-season hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and continue until one-half hour after sunset. Limits and methods include the following:
— Archery hunters may take two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer prior to Nov. 16. Hunters may take two turkeys of either sex.
— Allowed methods include longbows, compound bows and recurve bows of any draw weight, crossbows, hand-held string-releasing devices and atlatls.
— Illuminated sights, scopes and quick-point sights are also allowed.
— Prohibited methods include any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game, night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a bow or firearm, electronic calls, bait or dogs. Live decoys may not be used to take turkeys. Motor-driven conveniences may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife. Deer may not be hunted from a boat with a motor attached.
— Archers hunting deer or turkeys during the archery season may not be in possession of a firearm unless exempted under the Missouri Wildlife Code.
For more information, visit the iSportsman site or the Missouri Department of Conservation website at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/seasons.