Now that the crisp autumn weather is here, hunting season begins anew. Many of Missouri’s conservation areas offer excellent deer and turkey hunting in the fall.
Go on a turkey hunt at August A. Busch Conservation Area, 17 miles west of St. Charles. Covering more than 6,800 acres, this idyllic area boasts a variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking and, of course, turkey hunting. Enhance your skills at the on-site firearms range and archery range.
Head 10 miles west of Kingdom City and visit the lovely environs of the Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area. Abundant deer and turkey populations make Little Dixie an excellent place for an autumn hunting trip. Also, avid anglers enjoy a trip to this conservation area; nine fishing jetties offer great opportunities to make a big catch.
Osage Prairie Conservation Area, only six miles south of Nevada, provides a healthy habitat for some of the state’s rarest creatures. Prairieland once covered more than one-fourth of Missouri, but that prairie has dwindled dramatically over the years. Osage Prairie is a wonderful destination for hunting and nature walks. The unusual species (not for hunting) in this conservation area include short-eared owls, scissor-tailed flycatchers and regal fritillary butterflies.
Ten miles south of Ellington, Current River Conservation Area definitely fits the bill as a sportsman’s paradise. Go on an early morning turkey hunt, followed by an afternoon fishing in the Current River. The nearby hiking trail affords spectacular views of the area.
You’ll find a good population of deer at the Bonanza Conservation Area, eight miles southeast of Kingston. This 1,870-acre area contains forest, fields, cropland, grassland and four streams. Besides hunting, available activities include mountain-biking, fishing and camping.