Ha Ha Tonka State Park will be closed on Dec. 14 and 15 for managed deer hunts.
In order to reduce deer overpopulation, six Missouri State Parks were randomly chosen to be the locations for the hunts.
Allowing residents to hunt in state parks is very rare. Missouri State Parks are wildlife refuges and hunting is not allowed except under special circumstances like these.
Park officials consider the special hunts as a resource management tool when deer populations grow too large for park environments.
"These hunts provide us the opportunity to manage deer herd populations in specific parks while also presenting a unique opportunity for Missouri hunters," Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said. "It's great to know that our resource management efforts can provide protein for the family table, or for another family through the Share the Harvest program."
Hunters chosen through a lottery process and that acquire the appropriate permitting documentation will be allowed to participate in the hunts.
Allowed hunters may take two deer from the park but only one can be antlered. All deer must be tele-checked by 10 p.m. the day taken.
For more rules and information on the managed hunts, visit http://mdc.mo.gov/.