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Archers Can Bow Hunt in Branson for Full Season

BRANSON, Mo. -- The best place to hunt for a trophy buck might be in someone's backyard.
BRANSON, Mo. – The best place to hunt for a trophy buck might be in someone’s backyard.

The Branson Board of Alderman approved an ordinance to allow bowhunting in the city limits in 2012, just in time to catch the end of the year’s archery season.

September 15 marks the start of the fall archery season in Missouri, and hunters like Joe Allen are already stocking up.

“This is great,” Allen said. “I’m literally five minutes from my house.”

A Hollister, Mo. archery shop called Turkey Creek Outdoors sells as many as fifteen bows per day during the month of September.

The owner, Brandon Williams, said many of his customers look forward to hunting in the city.

“I think people are excited about it,” he said. “I think it's a good opportunity to help thin out some of the deer population that is in the city limits.”

But hunters cannot shoot a deer just anywhere. In fact, they have follow Missouri’s hunting laws, in addition to obtaining a special archery certification and a permit from the city.

“You need to be aware of your surroundings,” cautioned Josh Boehm, a Branson firefighter who also teaches an archery certification class. “You have to be aware of your target and also what's beyond your target. Most of the bows we use now are 300 plus ft. per second.”

Hunters in Branson have to stay on a 2-acre parcel of land. They must also use a tree stand so arrows fly toward the ground. They must also stay 150 ft. away from any occupied building or structure and cannot hunt in the city’s parks.

Click here for more information on hunting in the Branson city limits.

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