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Warm streak helps make for hot deer season

November 18, 2004
By: Bente Birkeland
State Capital Bureau

A top wildlife expert says warm weather is bad news for Missouri deer. Bente Birkeland has that story.

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Contents: "When the weather is warm they have to hurry to get theri venison out of the woods because of spoilage and again if it's cold or rainy it discourages hunters from staying in the field."

Heatherly says the unusually warm weather doesn't change deer behavoir. He says deer move around a lot in the fall because it's their breeding season.

From Jefferson City, I'm Bente Birkeland

A top wildlife expert credits warm weather for getting this year's hunting season off to a firey start. Bente Birkeland has that story.

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Missouri hunters had a record opening weekend, taking in more than 130,000 deer.

Bill Heatherly, a wildlife conservation supervisor at the Department of Conservation says desite the high take in, Missouri doesn't have a deer problem from an environmental perspective.

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Contents: Heatherly says perceptions of deer over population are more about the number of people than the number of deer.

Heatherly says the unusually warm weather doesn't make deer more lethargic but it does bring out more hunters.

From the State Capitol, I'm Bente Birkeland.