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Warm temperatures will be okay for deer season

November 9, 2001
By: Julie Kroenig
State Capital Bureau

Temperatures are expected to be unseasonally warm for deer season, but the Missouri Department of Conservation expects a good harvest.

On average 200,000 deer are killed during the eleven-day deer season.

Bill Heatherly, the Wildlife Programs Supervisor, says that the nice weather might bring more people into the woods which will have a beneficial effect.

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Contents: Many people are going to be in the woods this weekend which will push the deer around and out into the open.

The rut, or breeding season, will not be affected by the weather. Larry VanGilder, Wildlife Research Supervisor, says the bucks will still be chasing after the does.

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Contents: The rut is determined by the length of day, not by the temperature.

Gilder does recommend to be aware of the temperature after the deer has been killed.



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Contents: If the temperatures are going to be warm, you should get the deer to a processor so the meat won't spoil.

Although the temperatures are different, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants to remind you of one thing that doesn't change...be careful.

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Contents: With a lot of people in the woods remember to be safe.