Missouri’s historic flooding has temporarily changed the rules of engagement for the remainder of archery deer season.
The deer hunting landscape in Missouri has been altered as a result of rivers spilling over their banks and flooding into deer habitat. The state’s Wildlife Code prohibits the pursuit of deer fleeing from flood waters or wildfires. The animals are unnaturally concentrated and hunters would have an unethical advantage hunting them.
Watch as Missouri Department of Conservation’s agent Trent Lane talks about the challenges of protecting game displaced by flood water.
It’s unfortunate that conservation agents need to be extra vigilant during a natural disaster, but it is the reality. As hunters, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Anti-hunters and non-hunters judge all of us by the actions of a few and, according to the CBS affiliate in Cape Girardeau, MO KFVS, two poachers have already been arrested for violating the law.
Late season bowhunting can be a challenge. Low temps and nocturnal deer movement make taking advantage of these herds tempting, but it’s a shortcut that can lead to a significant penalty.