Conservation Action December 2012

The Conservation Commission met Dec. 13 and 14 at Conservation Department Headquarters, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City. Commissioners present were:

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

REGULATIONS

The Commission:

Set the following 2013 turkey-hunting season dates:

  • Youth season, April 6-7
  • Regular season, April 15-May 5
  • Fall firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31

Bag limits, and shooting hours remain the same as last year. Additional details, including spring managed turkey hunts and regulations for spring turkey hunting on conservation areas, will be published in the spring turkey hunting regulation guide.

Set the following dates for 2013-2014 firearms deer seasons:

  • Urban portion, Oct. 11-14
  • Early youth portion, Nov. 2-3
  • November portion, Nov. 16-26
  • Antlerless portion, Nov. 27-Dec. 8
  • Alternative methods portion, Dec. 21-31
  • Late youth portion, Jan. 4-5, 2014

Other deer-hunting regulations will be set in the spring of 2013. Details will be published in the fall deer hunting regulation guide

Revised the requirement for hunters to immediately tag turkeys in the field, as long as they notch their permits. Applying the tag will only be required if the taker is not with the turkey. This change will not take effect until June 1, and so will not affect the 2013 Spring Turkey Season

Simplified requirements for tagging harvested deer, effective June 1, 2013.

ADMINISTRATION

The Commission:

Received presentations from:

  • Fisheries Division Chief Chris Vitello regarding division goals
  • Deputy Director Tom Draper and Wildlife Programs Supervisor Dennis Figg regarding Missouri’s Comprehensive Conservation Strategy
  • Outreach and Education Division Chief Mike Huffman and Design and Development Division Chief Jacob Careaga regarding renovation of the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.
  • Received public comments from Robert Brundage regarding chronic wasting disease.

Presented awards to:

  • Clerical Employee of the Year Award, Tisha Holden, Montreal
  • Workforce Diversity Award, Mary Scott, West Plains

Approved accepting the bequest of 48 acres in Andrew County as an addition to the Nodaway Valley Conservation Area (CA)

Approved accepting the bequest of 241 acres in Bollinger County as an addition to the Amidon Memorial CA

Approved exchanging 10 acres of Castor River CA in Bollinger County for a 10-acre tract in Bollinger County as an addition to the Castor River CA

Approved purchasing 10 acres in Schuyler County as an addition to the Rebel’s Cove CA

Approved purchasing 36.48 acres in Dallas County as an addition to the Barclay CA, with approximately 61 percent of the purchase price being paid with partnering funds.

Approved purchasing 77.6 acres in Caldwell County as an addition to the Bonanza CA, with approximately 28 percent of the purchase price being paid with partnering funds.

Approved purchasing 713 acres in Carter County as an addition to the Peck Ranch CA

Approved entering into a contract with Steve and Associates, Fulton for the construction of the Hunnewell Lake CA Kettle Replacement Project located in Shelby County at a total estimated cost of $582,695.80. Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program Funds will be utilized to cover 75 percent of the total project cost.

Approved a nomination to the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame for William “Bill” Bennett.

Approved and authorized publication of the Conservation Department’s 2011-2012 Annual Report

Suspended hunting, fishing, and/or trapping privileges of 38 Missouri residents and one nonresident for Wildlife Code violations. Those whose privileges were suspended are:

  • Michael Casteel, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Renzie L. Cottrell, Monticello, hunting and fishing, 1 year
  • Steven M. Cunningham, Fairdealing, hunting, 1 year
  • Dan Dickson, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • James D. Dickson, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Jeffrey C. Dickson, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Jackie Elliott, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Jimmy Foulks, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Nathan Foulks, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Willie D. Foulks, Doniphan, hunting 1 year
  • Ty W. Francis, Unionville, hunting and fishing, 1 year
  • Roy D. Friend, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Kristopher A. Gatewood, Grandin, hunting, 2 years
  • Jason A. Guehrer, Jefferson City, hunting, 1 year
  • Thomas Hart, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Dustin Hudson, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Henry L. Hudson, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Andy Johnson, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Arthur G. Johnson, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Bobby S. Jones, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Nicholas S. Keck, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Scott D. Keck, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Corey J. Landrigan, Salem, hunting, 2.5 years
  • Travis L. March, Gulfport, Miss., hunting, 4 years
  • Glenn C. Pearson, Fairdealing, hunting, 1 year
  • Mitchell G. Pearson, Fairdealing, hunting, 1 year
  • Jeff A. Pogue, Poplar Bluff, hunting, 1 year
  • Dennis J. Price, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Eric J. Rodgers, Belton, hunting, 1 year
  • Donald L. Turner, Fairdealing, hunting, 1 year
  • Jack B. Turner, Fairdealing, hunting, 1 year
  • Jerry L. Turner, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Kevin Turner, Doniphan, hunting, 5 years
  • Neil P. Turner, Naylor, hunting, 1 year
  • James S. Tworek, St. Joseph, hunting and fishing, 1 year
  • Billy Wheeler, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Jason M. Wheeler, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Paul Wheeler, Doniphan, hunting, 1 year
  • Matthew B. Wilbanks, Kennett, hunting, 1 year

Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 352 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 211 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Set its next regular meeting for Feb. 7 and 8

Key Messages: 

Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife.

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