When summer's warm temperatures give way to crisp autumn weather, you know it's time for hunting season to begin 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.
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. The area has good populations of deer, turkey, quail and rabbit. Besides hunting, available activities include mountain-biking, fishing and camping.