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CALDWELL COUNTY, MO (2010-11-15) For the first time in modern times, deer hunters in Missouri now are using a primitive weapon in their harvest.
Called an "Atlatl", it resembles an oversized arrow on a wooden board, resting on the shoulder, then flung at high speeds, using the tip of the board to push for extra propulsion. Missouri conservation spokesman Bill Graham says while rare, hunters are using the ancient weapon around Caldwell County in northern Missouri and other locations now that the department has legalized it for the first time this firearms season. The weapon can make the 3 foot "Darts" fly close to a hundred yards in the open, but would require about a 10 yard fling to take a deer. More information on using atlatl's this season is on the Missouri Department of Conservation website.
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