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Missouri Deer tagging and checking

Old 11-08-2009, 06:17 PM
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Default Missouri Deer tagging and checking

Just a heads up to all. There are very specific tagging and checking rules for deer and turkeys in Missouri. You can quickly and easily find them by searching Missouri deer tagging and checking, or by simply looking on the back of your tags.
I have seen so many illegally tagged deer in the past few years it's not even funny. I just saw one in a picture here that had the yellow tag around the antler, which apparently is allowed in some other states. I do not personnally care except to keep others from getting in trouble and only mention this as a friendly warning.
The proper way to tag a Missouri deer, the only legal way, is to put the tag around the tendon at the knee joint of the back leg.
I have even seen Missouri outfitters who should know better, reccommend tagging the antlers, and this could get you in trouble. They have literally drawn you a picture on the tag and in all the literature that you should read before you hunt here. Don't risk getting in trouble over something this stupid, especially if you are posting a picture of your deer for all to see.
The reason for tagging this way is to keep the tag with the meat in a locker. The head and antlers is cut off for you to take home before the deer goes in, and the tag is left on the meat, while it is in the locker until it is almost completely processed. Once you have called and checked the deer you have proof that can be checked out that you own that head and you can mark it any other way you want to.
If there are any MDC officials reading this please let us all know if this is going to change or if it isn't a big deal please. For everyone else, this is just one of many rules you should know before you get tripped up.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:32 PM
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ive never tagged a deer in my life. never seen a game warden either.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:07 PM
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tagging in SC is done the same way.

I tag a few every year with the 4 tags i have , i hardly ever have the chance to hunt on the designated "doe" days so i take does during the entire season.i always tag mine , my local processor will not take a doe unless it's tagged or it's brought in on "doe" day.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:15 AM
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I have niticed the same thing here on some pictures that were posted. To me if you dont read the rules and understand them throughily DONT GO HUNTING. Come on you can pick the book up at any wal mart.
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