Three State Parks Will Close Temporarily For Deer Hunts

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(KTVI)- Hunters will have a rare opportunity to harvest a whitetail deer in three Missouri state parks. Missouri State Parks are going to have three managed deer hunts to alleviate overpopulation on Dec. 8-9.  In the St. Louis area, the hunts will occur at Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood and Cuivre River State Park in Troy. A hunt will also be conducted in Watkins Woolen Mill State Park near Lawson, northeast of Kansas City.

During the hunts, the parks will be closed to everyone except the deer hunters.

State parks are established as wildlife refuges by law and hunting is not permitted except is special circumstances. In this case, the hunts were permitted due to the fact that the deer population is so high that resources in the parks are being damaged.

Participating hunters submitted special applications over the summer for the Department of Conservation’s special managed hunts, which are held annually. Hunters were selected through a random computer drawing.  

All other state parks and historic sites are not affected by the hunts and will remain open to the public.

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