Deer seasons remembered
By Don Kruse, Editor
I can only assume that many memories were made when Missouri’s firearms deer season arrived last weekend.
Opening day of deer season is pretty big everywhere, and is a million-dollar business in many states.
As we were getting ready for the hunt last week, my son was lamenting not being able to visit the deer checking stations anymore. The check stations fell by the wayside more than a dozen years ago when the state went to Tele-check. You can now call in the information about your harvest.
But that’s how he remembers the deer seasons from his youth. We both looked forward to spending time at the check stations, even if we didn’t have a deer to check. We’d go to Loutre Market, Swiss Meat and Sausage or Heberle Packing Company, looking for big bucks that were checked.
I told him about some earlier days of deer seasons in the 1950s that I remember, how successful hunters would mount their kill on their cars and drive through town. Hunters were proud to show off their harvest. If young boys, walking down street, spotted one of those vehicles with a deer tied to the hood of a car or onto a fender, we’d want to get a closer look. Not many youngsters were hunting deer back then. There was no youth season, and mostly grown men would get up before the crack of dawn and head to the woods.
(Read the rest of the story in this week’s Advertiser-Courier)