Andy Durham, 11, killed this doe during the 2016 youth firearms season on the family farm at Bucyrus. It was first successful deer hunt.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has approved turkey and deer hunting seasons for 2017.

At its Dec. 16 meeting in Jefferson City, the commission approved recommendations from the Missouri Department of Conservation. The dates are:

Spring turkey hunting:

•Youth: April 8-9.

•Regular season: April 17 – May 7.

Fall turkey hunting dates:

•Archery: Sept. 15 – Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018.

•Firearms: Oct. 1-31.

Fall deer hunting:

•Archery: Sept. 15 – Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018.

•Early youth firearms: Oct. 28-29.

•Firearms: Nov. 11-21.

•Late youth firearms: Nov. 24-26.

•Firearms anterless: Dec. 1-3.

•Firearms alternative methods: Dec. 23 – Jan. 2, 2018.

Details on hunting regulations, harvest limits, allowed methods, required permits, and other related information will be available in the department’s “2017 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information” booklet and the “2017 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information” booklet. Both will be available prior to the related seasons where permits are sold.

For more information on deer and turkey hunting, visit mdc.mo.gov and click on Hunting/Trapping on the homepage.

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