Smoke pole record

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by bluejay, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Hunters set record for muzzleloader portion of deer season

    2009 muzzleloader harvest is largest in season’s 21–year history.





    JEFFERSON CITY—Hunters set a new record with 15,907 deer killed during the muzzleloader portion of Missouri’s 2009 firearms deer season, Dec. 19-29. This year’s record topped the previous one set in 2007 by 2,535. It topped the 2008 harvest by 5,653.



    Top counties for this year’s muzzleloader portion were Osage with 403 deer checked, Oregon with 386 and Howell with 336. Howell also made the top-county list in 2008 with 217 and Oregon in 2008 and 2007 with 198 and 405 respectively.



    Good weather during the muzzleloader portion helped increase the harvest, and made up for bad weather during the November firearms portion, explained Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Scientist Lonnie Hansen.



    “We generally had great deer-hunting weather for the muzzleloader portion, with snow, but not too much to keep hunters from the field, and temperatures that weren’t too cold,” Hansen said. “Lower harvests during the November portion of the firearms season may have also drawn more hunters back out for the muzzleloader portion.”



    Hansen, who is in charge of the MDC's deer-management program, explained that heavy rain during four of the first five days of the 11-day November portion of the firearms season was a major factor in those lower harvest numbers.



    “Adding to that were weeks of wet weather before the firearms portion, which forced farmers to leave a considerable amount of corn standing.” he said. “This provided a refuge for deer and made them more difficult to find.”



    The muzzleloader harvest accounts for about 5 percent of Missouri’s overall annual deer harvest.



    Harvest opportunities continue for archery hunters, who have until the season closes Jan. 15, and for youths during a youth hunt Jan. 2-3.
     
  2. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Thanks for the info, J.C. I'ma have to get me a smoke pole I guess.
     

  3. Smokin

    Smokin New Member

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    I am glad to see more and more people are getting back to the black powder stuff. That is all I hunt with anymore. I havnt fired a cartridge rifle in 8 years now I bet.
     
  4. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    Great to see more hunters taken up smokepoles.
     
  5. peacefrog

    peacefrog New Member

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    Been in the sport (KVM club 30 years an hunter 15) never heard it called a smoken pole
     
  6. fishinfreak19D

    fishinfreak19D New Member

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    definitely happy to see more people usin black powder
     
  7. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    Lots of people without jobs, and everybody's money is tight.....happened last year in MD, we killed a record number of deer last year. People are looking for ways to feed their family, and deer meat can be cheap (providing you dont have to rent property, etc, etc.)
     
  8. calogan

    calogan New Member

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    Good point. If you process it yourself, its good quality and cheap meat...