Conservation Action May 2012

The Conservation Commission met in closed session May 24 at the Camp Geiger-Herzog Lodge, St. Joseph, and in open session May 25 at the Remington Nature Center, St. Joseph. Commissioners present were:

  • Don R. Johnson, Festus, Chair
  • Don C. Bedell, Sikeston, Vice Chair
  • Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass, Secretary
  • James T. Blair, IV, St. Louis, Member

REGULATIONS

The Commission approved the following seasons and regulations.

Early Migratory Bird Seasons

  • Sora and Virginia rails: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days); limits – 25* daily and 25* in possession. (*Combined total for both species with daily bag equal to possession limit).
  • Wilson’s (common) snipe: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16 (107 days); limits - 8 daily and 16 in possession.
  • American woodcock: Oct. 15 through Nov. 28 (45 days); limits – 3 daily and 6 in possession.
  • Mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, and white-winged doves: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days); limits – 15* daily and 30* in possession. (*Combined total for all three species).

Blue-winged teal (BWT), green-winged teal, and cinnamon teal:

The population status of the blue-winged teal – the primary species harvested in Missouri’s September teal season – will not be known until August.

  • If the BWT breeding population index is below 3.3 million, the season will be closed.
  • If the BWT breeding population index is at least 3.3 million but less than 4.7 million, the season will be Sept. 8 through 16 (nine days); limits 4 daily and 8 in possession.
  • If the BWT breeding population index is 4.7 million or greater, the season will be Sept. 8 through 23 (16 days); limits 4 daily and 8 in possession

Archery Deer Season: Sept. 15 through Nov. 9 and Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2013, statewide; limit two deer of either sex, except that only one antlered deer may be taken before the November portion of the firearms season. Additional deer may be taken on Archery Antlerless Deer Permits in select counties.

Archery Turkey Season: Sept. 15 through Nov. 9 and Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, statewide; limit two turkeys of either sex.

Firearms Deer Season

Urban Zones Portion: Oct. 5 through 8 in select zones; limit one antlerless deer on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

Youth Portion – Early: Nov. 3 and 4 statewide; limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit or in select counties one antlerless deer on a Firearms Antlerless Deer Permit.

Youth Portion – Late: Dec. 29 and 30, statewide; limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken in select counties on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

November Portion: Nov. 10 through 20 statewide; limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken in select counties on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

Antlerless Portion: Nov. 21 through Dec. 2 in select counties; limit one antlerless deer on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 15 through 25 statewide, limit one deer of either sex on an Any-Deer Permit. Additional antlerless deer may be taken in select counties on Firearms Antlerless Deer Permits.

ADMINISTRATION

The Commission:

Approved responses to resolutions adopted by the Conservation Federation of Missouri at its annual meeting.

Received presentations from:

  • Wildlife Division Chief DeeCee Darrow
  • Outreach and Education Division Chief Mike Huffman concerning the Integrated Communications Strategy
  • Deputy Director Tim Ripperger regarding the Permit/Privilege Suspension Program.

Approved the Fiscal Year 2013 internal expenditure plan.

Approved the advertisement and sale of an estimated 1.27 million board feet of timber located on 550 acres of Compartment 2, Little Black Conservation Area in Ripley County.

Approved the advertisement and sale of an estimated 778,380 board feet of timber located on 338 acres of Compartment 54, Rocky Creek Conservation Area in Shannon County.

  • Approved selling the 4-acre Stono Mountain Towersite in St. Francois County.

Suspended hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges of 19 Missouri residents and one nonresident for Wildlife Code violations and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts suspending privileges of one Missouri resident. Those whose privileges were suspended are:

  • Tamara M. Allen, Unionville, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Kenneth C. Barnett, Excelsior Springs, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Ronald D. Chambliss, Arnold, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Andrew M. Dixon, Phillipsburg, all sport privileges, 1 additional year
  • David R. Gann, Warsaw, fishing, until 3/27/14
  • James C. Grimes, New Melle, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Kevin J. Hontz, Green Ridge, all sport privileges, 3 years
  • Derek S. King, Fredericktown, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Jerry D. Large, Mindenmines, all sport privileges, 3 years
  • Eldon E. Luckey, Perryville, all sport privileges, 2 years
  • David L. Midkiff, Merryville, La., all sport privileges, 2 years
  • Joshua R. Munton, Greenfield, all sport privileges, 3 years
  • Timothy L. Parker, Springfield, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Kenneth R. Pogue, Newburg, hunting and trapping privileges, 1 year
  • Vernon F. Rhoades, Fairfax, hunting and trapping privileges, 3 years
  • Burt L. Schlagle, Clinton, all sport privileges, 2 years
  • Sangthong Simphaly, Springfield, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Sichanh Simphaly, Springfield, all sport privileges, 2 years
  • Terry D. Stults, Lebanon, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Bodi B. Vaughn, Nevada, all sport privileges, 1 year

Reinstated the hunting and fishing privileges of James D. Winn, Hannibal, affirming court action.

Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 209 people who are not in compliance with applicable child-support laws. Privileges suspended for noncompliance are reinstated once the Division of Child Support Enforcement notifies MDC that suspendees have come into compliance with the required laws.

Suspended privileges of 232 people under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

  • Imposed a hunting privilege suspension of four years for one Missouri resident who injured another person in a hunting incident. The hunter must complete a hunter-education training course before restoration of privileges.
  • Set its next regular meeting for July 12 and 13 in Columbia

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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