Governor Nixon kicks off hunting season with youth

      Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

      Deer hunting season starts Saturday and Friday night Missouri Governor Jay Nixon kicked of his first ever Missouri Governor's Youth Deer Hunt.

      The governor was at the Missouri Department of Conservation and had dinner with local youth who were invited to kick off the deer hunting season.

      He talked to the youth about the importance of hunting in Missouri.

      â??Well we've seen such a great success across the state (with) our conservation department,â?? Gov. Nixon said. â??As we get to the 75th year it's an honor to have the first Governor's Youth Deer Hunt. For the last four years we've had a Youth Turkey Hunt, which has been highly successfulâ?¦not only at getting more kids out, but also teaching them the safety of hunting. This is an important value in our state and (a) strong economic generator. And, it's a lot of fun.â??

      Charter Hunters:

      Quin Allen, Brashear

      Madisyn Blunk, Kirksville

      Haley Bunch, Kirksville

      Jayson Findling, Greentop

      Chloe Harden, Kirksville

      Bryce Hazen, Kirksville

      Lauren Taylor Hoffman, Centralia

      Kasey Jones, Kirksville

      Bennett William Lopez, Columbia

      Jacob Moore, Palmyra

      Millie Moyer, Boonville

      Kristen Pagliai, Kirksville

      Andrew Pruett, Macon

      Haiden Ream, Lavonia

      Sadie Roy, Trenton