The firearms portion of deer season is scheduled Nov. 10 through 20 in Missouri, and Fort Leonard Wood’s 60,000 acres of habitat make it an ideal hunting destination.
However, before heading to the installation, hunters should familiarize themselves with Fort Leonard wood’s hunting and fishing regulations, permit structure and other requirements.
The first step all hunters must take is to register with the Fort Leonard Wood iSportsman portal at https://ftleonardwood.isportman.net.
Once registration is complete, users can use iSportsman to obtain the necessary permits they’ll need to hunt on post, as well as check in and out of hunting areas.
Hunters are highly encouraged to review the current Missouri Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations as well as Fort Leonard Wood Hunting & Fishing Regulation 210-21 dated 19 December 2017.
Copies of both sets of regulations are available on the iSportsman site at https://ftleonardwood.isportsman.net/Regulations.aspx, as well as at the Outdoor Adventure Center, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 16810 FLW K Road.
To hunt on Fort Leonard Wood, you’ll need the proper permits. These include:
— A Missouri hunting permit, which varies by season. A Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit is $17 for Missouri residents, $225 for nonresidents, and $8.50 for young hunters ages 6 to 15.
State permits are available at many outdoor retailers, including the OAC. A complete list of state permits is available from the Missouri Department of Conservation Website at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/permits. State permits can also be purchased at the MDC website.
— A Fort Leonard Wood Sportsman Permit, available for $15, and a seasonal stamp, which is $5. Both are available at the OAC or online at the iSportsman site following registration.
— An Outdoor Recreation Permit, which is free for 2018 and available from iSportsman once you register.
State permits can be carried on your smartphone via the Mo Hunting app, however; on Fort Leonard Wood, Conservation Law Enforcement officers strongly recommend that hunters keep their paper copies of state permits in their possession, along with their Sportsman and Outdoor Recreation permits. That’s because, in 2017, there were multiple incidents of hunters who were unable to provide proof of permits on their smart device.
It is each hunter’s responsibility while afield to provide permits for inspection, and Conservation Law Enforcement officers will cite those who cannot produce appropriate permits.
Methods allowed during all portions of firearms deer hunting season in Missouri include:
— Centerfire pistols, revolvers, or rifles using expanding-type bullets such as lead or copper.
— Shotguns (including .410) with slugs only.
— Air-powered guns, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high compression power source (external hand pump, air tank or air compressor).
— Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms, .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge. In-lines and scopes are allowed.
— Multiple-barreled muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms and/or muzzleloading or cap-and-ball handguns, including revolvers, .40 caliber or larger, are allowed and may be carried in addition to a muzzleloading or cap-and-ball rifle.
— Longbows, compound bows and recurve bows of any draw weight.
— Hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quick point sights are allowed.
Methods that are prohibited in Missouri include:
— Self-loading firearms with the capacity of more than 11 cartridges in magazine and chamber combined.
— Ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot).
— Full hard metal case projectiles.
— Fully automatic firearms.
— Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game.
— Electronic calls or electronically activated calls.
— Night vision equipment.
— Any use of bait. Mineral Blocks, including salt, are not considered bait; however, mineral blocks that contain grain or other food additives are prohibited.
— Use of dogs.
Additional methods may be prohibited by local ordinances.
Note: Antler-point restrictions are in place in some Missouri counties. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation site at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/seasons for further details.
After harvesting and before you transport a deer or turkey, hunters must notch their permits by tearing a small notch in the month and day of the harvest. If using the MO Hunting app, select the permit you wish to use from the list in the app and follow the prompts on the screen.
Be sure to use the correct permit. Many hunters carry multiple permits while deer and turkey hunting, so check your permit carefully to make sure you’re using the right one before notching it.
Until checked, heads of deer must remain attached, and turkeys must have their heads and plumage intact. Also note: It is illegal for hunters to clean a deer carcass in a river, creek or pond.
Deer and turkeys must be checked by 10 p.m. on the day they are harvested.
When Telechecking your Deer or Turkey you’ll be asked a few short questions that biologists will use to gather information on the ages of deer and turkey harvested. The required information can be referenced on page 62 of this year’s Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations.
(Editor’s note: Information provided by Fort Leonard Wood Conservation Law Enforcement and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Questions about hunting on Fort Leonard Wood should be directed to William Force, Supervisory Police Officer, Conservation Law Enforcement, at 573.596.5002 or 573.433.6000 or send an email to email@example.com.)