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Missouri Youth Hunters Kill 19,300 Deer in First Weekend

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November 08, 2012

Missouri Youth Hunters Kill 19,300 Deer in First Weekend

By Chad Love

Here's a number that aptly demonstrates both the amazing number of deer in this country as well as the undeniable ascendance of deer hunting as the most popular way to introduce children to the sport of hunting: Missouri youth hunters bagged more than 19,000 deer in that state's one-weekend youth deer hunt.

From this story on greenwichtime.com:
Missouri's younger hunters bagged more than 19,000 deer in the first youth weekend deer hunt of the season. The state Conservation Department says hunters ages 6 through 15 killed nearly 19,300 deer this past Saturday and Sunday, up almost 18 percent from last year. The counties with the top harvests were Franklin with 417 deer, Osage with 400 and Howell with 395. The department says the youth deer hunting season is part of its efforts to recruit new hunters. In 2001, Missouri had about 40,000 deer hunters under age 16, and now there are about 70,000.

Not only is that a pretty amazing number (it wasn't all that long ago when 19,000 deer would be some states' entire yearly deer harvest) but what's truly mind-boggling is the increase in youth hunters, from 40,000 in 2001 to 70,000 now. Good news for the future, eh? Does your state offer youth-only deer hunts? If so, are you seeing a similar increase in kids hunting?

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from Blase110 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

We were in our deer camp last weekend for the youth hunt in Texas County Missouri and my two cousins both tagged their first bucks, a spike and a small 8pt and you should have seen the smiles on their faces. It nice because we are able to bow hunt and they are able to gun hunt and it gives us an extra weekend to all get together. I contribute a large increase in the number of participants in the youth hunt here is that the MDC moved the youth season to the weekend before gun season so that it wouldn't conflict with Halloween. Kids no longer have to choose between hunting or getting a bunch of candy.

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from Blase110 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

We were in our deer camp last weekend for the youth hunt in Texas County Missouri and my two cousins both tagged their first bucks, a spike and a small 8pt and you should have seen the smiles on their faces. It nice because we are able to bow hunt and they are able to gun hunt and it gives us an extra weekend to all get together. I contribute a large increase in the number of participants in the youth hunt here is that the MDC moved the youth season to the weekend before gun season so that it wouldn't conflict with Halloween. Kids no longer have to choose between hunting or getting a bunch of candy.

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