Today is the first day that you can purchase several permits for hunting in Missouri this coming fall and winter. I like to buy mine while I’m thinking about it, and July 1 is a date that I can remember each year. As of today, you can purchase the 2010 Migratory Bird Hunting Permit that you’ll need for hunting doves, woodcock, snipe, rails and waterfowl. You’ll need the Small Game Hunting Permit as well for hunting migratory birds. You may already have that permit, as they have been available for sale since last Dec. 1. The earliest of the migratory bird seasons (doves, snipe and rails) will open on Sept. 1. The Migratory Bird Hunting Digest 2010 booklet should be at permit vendors in early August and is provided at no cost to Missouri hunters.
Also available, beginning today, are fall deer and turkey permits. Permit vendors can also provide you with the 2010 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet . This 45-page, free booklet provides a wealth of information for deer and fall turkey hunting in Missouri. It contains all of the season dates, available permits, regulations and Department areas where deer and fall turkey hunting is allowed.
Permits may also be purchased by phone (1-800-392-4115) or online (www.wildlifelicense.com.mo) for an additional $2 per person fee. Permits purchased by those methods will arrive by mail within 10 days.
It is early to begin thinking about fall hunting but, by getting your permits early, you can avoid any last-minute lines that you may find at vendors on the days before the season openings. This is your reminder!