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Conservation Action August 2014

A summary of the Missouri Conservation Commission at its regular August meeting.

The Conservation Commission met Aug. 21 at Duck Creek Conservation Area, Puxico, and Aug. 22 at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Commissioners present were:

  • James T. Blair, IV, Chairman
  • David W. Murphy, Vice Chairman
  • Marilynn J. Bradford, Secretary
  • Don C. Bedell, Member

REGULATIONS

The Commission received a report from Regulations Committee Chairman, Deputy Director Tom Draper and approved recommendations for the following 2014-15 waterfowl hunting seasons and limits:

DUCK SEASON:

  • North Zone: Oct. 25 – Dec. 23
  • Middle Zone: Nov. 1 – Dec. 30
  • South Zone: Nov. 27 – Jan. 25

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Bag Limit: Six ducks daily with species restrictions of:

  • 4 mallards (no more than 2 females)
  • 3 scaup
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 hooded mergansers
  • 2 pintails
  • 1 canvasback (decreased from 2 last year)
  • 1 black duck
  • 1 mottled duck

Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag (in total 18; varies by species).

COOT SEASON:

Concurrent with duck seasons in the respective zones with a daily bag limit of 15 and a possession limit of 45.

GOOSE SEASON:

  • Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese: Statewide, Oct. 25-Jan. 31 (99 days)
  • White-fronted geese: Statewide, Nov. 27-Jan. 31 (66 days)
  • Canada geese and brant: Statewide, Oct. 4-Oct. 12 (9 days) and Nov. 27-Jan. 31 (66 days)

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Bag/Possession Limit: The bag and possession limits include no more than three Canada geese daily (nine in possession), 20 snow, blue, or Ross’s geese daily (no possession limit), two white-fronted geese daily (six in possession), and one brant daily (three in possession).

YOUTH HUNTING DAYS:

Any person 15 years of age or younger may participate in the youth waterfowl hunting days without permit, provided they are in the immediate presence of an adult 18 years of age or older. If the youth hunter does not possess a hunter education certificate card, the adult must meet permit requirements for small-game hunting and have in his or her possession a valid hunter-education certificate card unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1967. The adult may not hunt ducks but may participate in other seasons that are open on the special youth days.

  • North Zone: Oct. 18–19
  • Middle Zone: Oct. 25–26
  • South Zone: Nov. 22–23

Bag Limit: Bag limits and shooting hours for ducks and geese are the same as during the regular waterfowl season.

FALCONRY SEASON:

For ducks, coots and mergansers: The federal framework allows 107 days. Falconry is open during teal season (16 days), regular gun duck season (60 days), and youth season (two days) in the respective zones, leaving 29 days remaining for extended falconry.

Statewide, Feb. 10–March 10

Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Bag Limit: The daily bag and possession limits shall not exceed three and nine birds, respectively, singly, or in the aggregate during the extended falconry season.

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER:

Persons must possess a Conservation Order permit to chase, pursue, and take snow, blue and Ross’s geese between the hours of one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from Feb. 1 through April 30, 2015. An exception to the above permit requirement includes any person 15 years of age or younger provided either 1) s/he is in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult hunter (must possess a Conservation Order Permit) who is 18 years of age or older and has in his/her possession a valid hunter education certificate card, or was born before Jan. 1, 1967 or 2) s/he possesses a valid hunter education certificate card. Other exceptions include hunters with a Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit or a Resident Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit, which include Conservation Order Permit privileges. Any other regulation notwithstanding, methods for the taking of snow, blue and Ross’s geese includes using shotguns capable of holding more than three shells, and with the use or aid of recorded or electronically amplified bird calls or sounds, or recorded or electronically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds. A daily bag limit will not be in effect during the Conservation Order.

ADMINISTRATION

The Commission:

Received staff presentations regarding:

  • 2014-2015 Waterfowl Season Overview.
    Andy Raedeke, Resource Scientist.
  • Hunter and Angler Recruitment and Retention.
    Mike Hubbard, Resource Science Division Chief.
  • Overview of the Wetland Management Plan.
    Jennifer Battson Warren, Wildlife Division Chief.

Approved staff recommendations for:

  • The advertisement and sale of an estimated 1.04 million board feet of timber from 552 acres of Compartment 31 on Sunklands CA in Shannon County.
  • Entering into a contract with Demien Construction Company of Wentzville for construction of the Busch Memorial Conservation Area Shooting Range Demolition and Site Preparation Project located in St. Charles County at a total estimated cost of $2,529,225.

Approved staff recommendations for:

Suspending hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges of 10 Missouri residents and two nonresidents for Wildlife Code violations. Those whose privileges were suspended are:

  • Travis L. Carr, Collins, hunting, 3 years
  • Donnie L. Davis, Potosi, hunting, until July 14, 2016
  • Jeffery W. Dibben, Pahrump, Nev., hunting and fishing, 1 year
  • Edgar T. Hall, Cole Camp, hunting and trapping, 1 year
  • Chase M. McDaniel, Union Star, hunting, 1 year
  • William K. Mitchell, Elsberry, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Charles Mosier, Barnett, hunting, 1 year
  • Marshal D. Osborn, Huntsville, hunting 3 years
  • Leonid V. Tsurkan, Sedalia, hunting and fishing, 1 additional year
  • Marshell W. White, Keokuk, Iowa, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Matthew K. Yardley, West Plains, hunting, 1 year
  • Floyd E. Yoder, Clark, all sport privileges, 1 year

Suspending or revoking all hunting and fishing privileges of 288 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 125 people under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

Set its next regular meeting for Oct. 16 and 17.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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