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Just Ended Deer Bow Season a Disappointment

The bow hunting deer season just ended in Missouri on January 15. And it wasn't as good as hunters had hoped.
The bow hunting deer season just ended in Missouri on January 15.  And it wasn't as good as hunters had hoped.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says the harvest was down about 18 percent.
Brad Routh with Full Draw Madness says much of the decrease is believed to be because of chronic wasting disease, an early rut, a lot of acorns as food on the ground for the deer.  "A lot of different scenarios went into this season to make it a little bit less successful than last."

"The deer population was there," adds Lynn Wilson.  "I had a pretty good bow season."
Northern Missouri is where the lower harvest was most apparent.  "Some of the counties up north reduced the number of deer you could harvest, says Routh. "That didn't affect us as bad.  But there were a lot of dead deer found around ponds and water sources, that were from the chronic wasting disease."

Turkey season begins April 21.  "We are getting places lined up for us to come and hunt there," Routh says.  "We have several folks coming to hunt with us, who are celebrity-status folks.  They're coming to hunt with us for the television show. And try to get those aired on the show."


(Full Draw Madness airs Saturdays 8pm and Sunday morning at 10:30 on KOZL.)

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