Project Prom prepares for opening day breakfast

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The start of the deer firearms -- November portion -- hunting season starts Saturday, Nov. 14. It's also the day in which Concordia R-2 Project Prom is preparing to serve a breakfast from 3:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for hunters. The opening day breakfast will take place in the Concordia High School cafeteria.

"This is the first year project prom is doing the opening day breakfast, but other organizations have done it in the past," said Desi Denton, of Concordia, of the event's organizing committee.

According to Denton, Project Prom was seeking other ways to fundraise for the annual after-prom party hosted by the organization, and she suggested the opening day breakfast. When she was a student at CHS, she said, the band held an opening day breakfast for hunters.

"It was a fun experience. We had a good time serving, and it's always fun when you're doing stuff with your friends," said Denton of the event when she was in high school.

Tickets for the event are still on sale and are available at Meyer Motors, Game Day Trophy and Athletic and a number of parents involved with Project Prom. A variety of breakfast foods will be available during the event. Breakfast sandwiches are available to go, noted Denton. Those who purchase tickets will be entered into a drawing for a special prize. Attendees should enter the school at the south door.

The November portion of firearm deer hunting will take place from Saturday, Nov. 14 to Tuesday, Nov. 24. The hours for hunting are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation website.

One antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms season, which includes all portions, along with both youth portions. Lafayette County is among approximately 45 Missouri counties with an antler-point minimum. Bucks harvested must have at least four antler points on one side of their rack. The rule applies during firearm and archery hunting, but doesn't apply to youth hunts.

Valid permits during this portion of the hunting season is either Firearms--Any Deer Hunting Permit, which is limited to one antlered or antlerless deer, or Firearms--Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit, which is limited to one antlerless deer.

According to the MDC website, allowed firearms include centerfire pistols, revolvers or rifles, shotguns, air-powered guns, muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms .40 caliber or larger, multiple-barreled muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms or handguns.

Prohibited methods include self-loading firearms with a capacity of more than 11 cartridges in the magazine or chamber combined, ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot), full hard metal case projectiles, fully automatic fire-arms, sighting devices which cast a beam of light on the game, electronic calls, night vision equipment, bait, and dogs. There may be additional restrictions based on more local ordinances, according to the MDC website.

Hunters who participate in Share the Harvest can have their meat processed at Alma Meats, the Higginsville Processing Plant or Nadlers Locker Plant, in Wellington.

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