Babler State Park to close for deer hunt Dec. 8-9
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will close Babler State Park, Dec. 8-9, to allow deer hunters to participate in a managed hunt aimed at reducing the park’s deer population, which has grown too large and is damaging natural resources within the park.
By law, state parks are established as wildlife refuges and hunting is not permitted except under special circumstances.
The hunts will be conducted following guidelines established by the Missouri Department of Conservation. All participating hunters submitted special applications this summer and were selected through a random computer drawing. Only those hunters who already have a special permit will be allowed to participate in the hunts.
“These hunts provide benefits for the hunters and for state parks. They provide hunters with a unique opportunity to help us manage the deer herd and provide protein for the family table, or for another family through the Share the Harvest program,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks.
A managed hunt at Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood on Nov. 26-27 resulted in the taking of 19 deer – 15 does, three button bucks and one antlered buck.