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Hunters gear up for opening firearms deer season in MO

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It's the time of year that hunters look forward to every year: deer hunting season!

The seasons, hours, and methods vary from state to state.

Here's a basic breakdown of the rules and regulations in the Heartland.

Missouri
*you may need to submit your deer for Chronic Wasting Disease sampling

  • Archery Deer Season runs from Nov. 22 to Jan. 15, 2018.
  • Firearms, alternative methods season runs from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2, 2018.
  • Firearms, antlerless season runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3.
  • Firearms, November portion runs from Nov. 11 to Nov. 21
  • Youth Firearms Season is from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26.

Illinois

  • Archery season runs from Oct. 1 to Jan. 14, 2018
  • First Firearm season runs from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19
  • Second Firearm season runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3
  • First Muzzleloader season runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3
  • Second Muzzleloader season runs from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10

Kentucky

  • Archery season runs from Sept. 2-Jan. 15, 2018
  • Crossbow season
    • Zone 1, 2, 3: Oct. 1-Oct. 22 & Nov. 11-Dec. 31
    • Zone 4: Oct. 1- Oct. 22 & Nov. 11-Dec. 31
      • Either sex may be taken except Oct. 21-22, Nov. 11-20, and Dec. 9-14 when hunters may take antlered deer only
  • Modern Gun
    • Zones 1, 2: Nov. 11-Nov. 26
    • Zone 3: Nov. 11-Nov. 20
    • Zone 4: Nov. 11-Nov. 20 (antlered only)
  • Muzzle-loader
    • Zones 1, 2, 3: Oct. 21-Oct. 22 & Dec. 9-Dec. 17
    • Zone 4: Oct. 21-Oct. 22 (antlered only), Dec. 9-Dec. 14 (antlered only), Dec. 15-Dec. 17 (either sex)
  • Youth Free runs from Dec. 30-Dec. 31
  • Youth-only runs from Oct. 14-Oct. 15

Reminder: if you're hunting in Missouri, you have until 10 p.m. on the night of the hunt to check your deer.

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