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Photo of the Day: Gov. Nixon Poses with His 11-Point Buck, Rifle After Hunting Trip

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Gov. Jay Nixon harvested an eleven-point buck last weekend.
Governor Jay Nixon shot an eleven-point buck in Clark County last weekend, on the opening day of firearms deer season.

Nixon, a gun owner and hunter, donated meat from the deer to local food banks and shelters through the Share the Harvest program. More than 6,000 hunters donated 318,115 pounds of venison to feeding centers last year.

Nixon battled gun-rights advocates in a tough legislative battle this year, vetoing Republican legislation that would have nullified federal gun laws and could have landed journalists in jail for publishing the names of Missouri gun owners.

See also: Jay Nixon Vetoes Bill To Block Federal Firearm Laws, Signs Another Expanding Gun Rights

"As a gun owner and hunter, I support the Second Amendment rights of Missourians and oppose efforts to undermine them," Nixon says in a statement. "That is why, as Governor, I have enacted legislation to expand gun rights, including bills to strengthen the Castle Doctrine and to allow more Missourians to carry concealed weapons."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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David Beckmann
David Beckmann

My family's farm is in Clark County MO. It's all woods and farm land up there. There's more deer than people in that part of the state and the deer will devastate the crop land if left unchecked. On a side note, the only fast food in Clark County is a Steak n Shake in Canton, MO.

Stanley Vance
Stanley Vance

Tea Party gun loving? Please don't insult the Democrats that way.

Stanley Vance
Stanley Vance

Democrats want to take guns away? Hmmm I'm confused.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Your statement is understandable, but if they didn't have their wooded areas (homes) torn down to the point of close to zero vegetation just to build hundreds and thousands of fast food chains and pointless businesses that usually do not succeed in the long run..the population wouldn't be noticed so much.

Jim Harvatin
Jim Harvatin

Starvation is a slow painful death and without hunting the deer population would increase by close to 300,000 every year so if you think there is deer vehicle accidents now where motorist are killed cut out hunting and if you don't think you would see the effects of deer starving you are totally naive !!!!

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

An animal starving is a natural thing that happens to wildlife, so ya, I would rather it starve and pass away on it's own and probably never hear about it, than seeing someone proud of killing an animal and parading its corpse around like a trophy.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

Break your tea party/gun lobby bubble and wake up

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

If you quantify suffering, do you think a deer suffers more from being shot or starving? If you pretend to care about deer suffering, then it is rational to support hunting. For the record, I do not hunt.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

Do you believe everything the Gun Lobby tells you, Get a life!!!!!!!! You know nothing about what your are talking about., It is all based in emotion and no fact, Wake up

Jason Chamberlain
Jason Chamberlain

Maybe its better if people hunt the ultimate game human beings like Cheney did.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

It's not as easy to get a deer as you'd think. My dad goes years and years in between an actual kill, so yeah... he takes a picture. Could be the same for Nixon.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

'Cause you see mountain lions in your back yard all the time, huh, Mark? Do you even know what "apex predator" means? Do you believe everything Peta tells you?

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

You believe everything you are told by the media? Get a life

Scott Plackemeier
Scott Plackemeier

At least you can tell Nixon enjoys hunting. Not like Ted Cruz and John Kerry, two examples of politicians who clearly had no interest in hunting but had to don camo and head to the duck blind for photo ops to appease the NRA.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Would you prefer the herd of deer face starvation? You realize most apex predators are no longer in Missouri?

Julie Minor Carroll
Julie Minor Carroll

The only people who should complain about deer hunting are vegetarians and vegans. I'd rather be a deer living wild and free that gets shot one day than a cow or chicken raised for meat that lives in a cage or stall. I'm fine with hunting if it's going to be eaten.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

OH look, I killed a defenseless being and I have the nerve to call it a sport. Ass Hole!

rupert05xlh
rupert05xlh

Good shootin' Jay.  I bet that will make some tasty deer sausage.

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