By William Force
Special to GUIDON
The 2019 fall deer and turkey archery seasons began Sunday, and firearms turkey season begins Oct. 1.
There is a new August 2019 Hunting and Fishing Regulation 210-21 available on the Fort Leonard Wood iSportsman site (click the regulation tab at https://ftleonardwood.isportsman.net) with many significant changes and a new map (available by clicking the map tab) that covers all areas.
Persons must check in and check out of open areas using Fort Leonard Wood iSportsman. Check-out and check-in procedures must be completed on the same day access is desired. All recreational users must display their iSportsman six-digit number in a place easily viewable in the front windshield of the vehicle each time they are checked into an area. Be sure to confirm check-in prior to going afield, and also confirm check-out of the area prior to 10 p.m.
New this year: Baiting for wildlife is prohibited on Fort Leonard Wood 365 days a year. Food may not be placed, exposed or scattered so as to constitute a lure, attraction or enticement.
Mineral Blocks, including salt, are not considered bait; however, mineral blocks that contain grain or other food additives are prohibited.
Feral hog traps are at all times off limits to all persons as are the hogs which may be in the traps. It is also illegal to harvest a deer that enters incidentally into the hog trap.
Feral hogs may be taken on Fort Leonard Wood only incidentally while hunting for deer following all legal seasons, restrictions and methods. Specifically, baiting and trapping and the use of dogs to pursue feral hogs is not authorized on Fort Leonard Wood.
Also new: Pulaski County and Fort Leonard Wood have an Antlerless Portion of Firearms Season this year, scheduled Dec. 6 through 8.
Organizations on Fort Leonard Wood can request Conservation Law Enforcement to provide a 60-minute overview of the Hunting and Fishing Regulation, Fort Leonard Wood Regulation 210-21. This briefing includes time for questions and answers.
There are six Cantonment Areas that may be hunted by Special Permit which costs $5 and may be purchased at the Outdoor Adventure Center. These areas will be open all season, and special rules apply, which require a face-to-face briefing at the OAC prior to purchase of the Special Permit.
It is the hunter’s responsibility while afield to provide permits for inspection by the Conservation Law Enforcement Officer.
Last season, there were many times that the hunter was unable to pull up their permits on the MO Hunting App while afield. It is strongly encouraged to have in possession a paper copy of your Missouri State Deer and Turkey Hunting Permit that it may be notched upon harvest.
Hunters should be sure to have proof of purchase of the required $15 Fort Leonard Wood Sportsman Permit and the required $5 seasonal Permit for Archery Deer and Turkey, Firearms Deer and Firearms Turkey hunting on Fort Leonard Wood, which are available for purchase on the permit tab of the iSportsman site.
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.
It is encouraged that all hunters familiarize themselves with the 2019 Missouri Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Fort Leonard Wood Hunting and Fishing Regulation 210-21 dated August 2019 prior to checking into a FLW hunting area.
Some regulations of note:
— Hunters may take only two antlered deer during the archery and firearms deer hunting seasons combined.
Using an archer’s hunting permit, only one antlered deer may be taken prior to Nov. 16.
— Firearms turkey hunters should remember that shotguns capable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined are prohibited.
— The Wildlife Code requires that you have your tree stand labeled when unattended with full name and address or conservation number.
— It is illegal for hunters to clean a deer carcass in a river, creek or pond or drainages or government dumpsters.
Those recreating outdoors are required to register on the FLW iSportsman site and download the free Outdoor Recreation Permit for activities other than hunting and fishing. This will enable you to check in and check out of areas of the installation via iSportsman to participate in various activities such as but not limited to picking berries and mushrooms, riding horses, hiking, looking for shed antlers and spelunking.
By checking in through iSportsman, Conservation Law Enforcement will be able to locate individuals who may need assistance from emergency services.
Any questions regarding hunting on Fort Leonard Wood may be directed to the Supervisory Conservation Law Enforcement Officer by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling the CLE office at 573.596.5002 or duty cell numbers 573.433.6000 or 573.528.9055 or by contacting Military Police at 573.596.6141.
(Editor’s note: Force is the supervisor of Conservation Law Enforcement for Fort Leonard Wood.)