ALLSTAR 1, I believe I answered your question in a general sense in the second paragraph of my first post. The reason that separate seasons continue to exist in certain areas or states is a different question altogether. Why don't you ask the Missouri Department of Conservation that question? Do you go to the local annual meetings? Do you know who your local wildlife biologist (not Conservation agent - they are law enforcement personnel) is? Do you know where he/she works and what their area of responsibility is? Season, bag limits, game management units, etc. exist for the purpose of distributing hunters and hunting pressure and for distibuting harvest. They are flexible within certain parameters (breeding, weather, other recreational interests, etc.). Talk to your local wildlife biologist...they will tell you why things are the way they are and where there might be opportunity for change or alteration. Bobwhite quail is one of many species of concern. You can slam me for my expertise and knowledge all you want (we're used to it), but the quail issue is not a 'hunting issue', it's a habitat issue. You seriously want to blame declining quail populations on state wildlife managers when they have very little, if ANY, impact on private land management on a large scale? And now you think you have the answer for deer management...as long as it's done the way YOU want it done...let bow hunters shoot 2 deer that "they recover"? Set deer season for 30 days? Issue limited antlerless permits (they already ARE limited...that's why there are quotas)? What are your biological justifications for these? Don't complain about supposed increased pressure on the resource then refuse to give your Conservation Agent a name to see if an adjacent landowner is compliant with the law or not. Looking at the regulations, you can hunt deer in Missouri from 9/15 - 1/15. If this were continuous, it would be 4 months, not 5. And what is wrong with having long seasons with lots of opportunity to get out and hunt if the resource can handle it? Again, if you think your wildlife folks are out to 'kill all the deer off' you are sadly mistaken. What do you base your opinion of "excessive harvest" on? I would suppose you are seeing fewer and fewer deer on your property or wherever you hunt. Have you investigated through thorough scouting the factors that might be responsible for this? Are deer numbers really down that much or have they moved? Have adjacent landownders altered habitat in such a way that they are holding more deer than your property or area is? There are a lot of factors and managers can't manage everyone's "40". Wildlife is managed on a landscape basis (one of the reasons for game management units or ecological management units). What happens in micro-habitats is mostly beyond their control. Talk to your local biologist and be prepared with well though-out questions. they will be glad to talk to you and explain things to you and take your input into consideration. That is their job.