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Contact: Kim Houf, 573-323-4941
VAN BUREN, MO: Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be conducting a managed youth deer hunt October 10-11 at Big Spring. This managed hunt is being conducted in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and has been made available to 10 applicants who will be using firearms.
Peavine Road and all hiking trails within the Big Spring area will be temporarily closed on October 10 and 11 to help ensure public safety. Big Spring, the campground and the boat ramp will remain open during the hunt and can be accessed from Hwy 103.
Managed deer hunts help the National Park Service improve the overall health of the Big Spring deer herd.The Big Spring area has generally been managed as a "no hunting" zone since the days when it was a wildlife refuge within Big Spring State Park. In 2011, park resource management staff implemented a study within the Big Spring area to estimate deer abundance and establish baseline information for population management. Results of this study confirmed the deer population density has grown to a level that could have negative impacts on park resources and the health of the deer.
For more information, visit the park's Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/ozar, or phone (573) 323-4236.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.