Columbia’s Bow Season
Safely and legally hunting in Columbia’s city limits
As summer draws closer to its end, preparations for fall must begin. My favorite of the four seasons, fall, brings pumpkin-flavored beer, sweaters, football, and most importantly, deer hunting season. I look forward to this sacred time of year as if it were Christmas. Although rifle season in Missouri doesn’t start until late November, Columbia has a specific bow season that begins Sept. 15 and ends Jan. 15.
The Missouri Department of Conservation finds the deer population within Columbia’s city limits too large for the safety of its citizens. According to conservation experts, the deer in our area are a danger to drivers. This danger increases when the deer go into rut from late September to late November. The males begin to chase does and are less cautious around highways.
This in-city bow season is a program designed to thin the heard down to a reasonable and safe number. If hunters want to participate in this season, there are a few things they will need to do before they can head out into the field. First, they must attend one of the three hunter orientations. The orientations times are Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. These classes will be held at the Activity and Recreation Center on Ash Street. To register for one of these orientations, click here.
Once hunters obtain a permit, there are specific designated areas that allow hunting in Columbia. The areas are spread around town at different natures areas, recreations areas and other properties. The areas designated for bow hunting are:
1. Norma Sutherland Smith Park, Brown Station Road
2. Grindstone Nature Area, 2011 Old 63 S.
3. Strawn Road Property, 801 N. Strawn Road
4. SC Fields Sewer Utility, Coats Lane, south of Gillespie Bridge Road
5. Sanitary Landfill, access from Hinkson Creek Road and Wyatt Lane
6. MKT Nature Area, Scott Blvd. Access and MKT Jay Dix Station Access
7. Gans Creek Recreation Area, Gans Road
8. Oakland Church Road Property
It is important to remember that this season is designed to preserve the safety of the citizens of Columbia. Hunters should abide by all Missouri Department of Conservation regulations and practice good wildlife management habits. Find out more about being a responsible hunter by visiting the MDC’s website.