1997 Wildlife Code Changes

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Published on: Jan. 2, 1997

Last revision: Oct. 26, 2010

River and its tributaries above Wappapello Dam. All walleye and sauger must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. The Conservation Department is attempting to reestablish walleye populations here by stocking, and this closure is intended to protect the fish.

  • The daily limit of four, 20-inch striped bass and white bass in Blue Springs Lake has been rescinded. Anglers may now take 15 bass in the aggregate, but not more than four may be over 18 inches in length.
  • Finally, the live bait rule has been footnoted to remind anglers that some species of fish of any size may be used for bait if taken by hook and line methods. Size limits apply to bait fish collected with nets and traps specified in the live bait rule.

    • The renamed Resident Archer's Hunting Permit will now allow resident archers the same privileges extended to nonresident archers - to take not only deer and turkey during the fall archery season, but to take small game during prescribed seasons and to sell furbearers taken by hunting.
    • The Daily Small Game Hunting Permit and the Nonresident Small Game Hunting Permit will now allow nonresident furbearer hunters to use either permit to train dogs during closed seasons.
    • The waiver of permit requirements for landowners and lessees has been modified to clarify that those who qualify under this exemption must still apply for special deer hunting permits and must purchase and hunt with the prescribed Migratory Bird Hunting Permit when hunting on their land. Provisions were added that if a permit or privilege is revoked for cause by the Conservation Commission, any hunting method exemption granted to persons with disabilities would be concurrently revoked.
    • The fee for replacement of a lost, destroyed or mutilated permit has been reduced to $2, and Missouri Conservation Heritage Cards will be issued as a replacement for lost or damaged hunter education certificate cards, also at a reduced fee of $2.
    • Several requirements have been added to the hunting methods rule: First, that hunting dogs - except those used while hunting waterfowl and game birds - must wear collars that identify the owner; second, that river otters may not be chased while training dogs; and, finally, that river otters may not be taken by a firearm.
    • Turkey and deer hunters will be allowed to tag animals taken with homemade transportation tags, but the Conservation Department will still make tags available through permit vendors. The northern pheasant and gray partridge hunting zone description has been simplified.
    • Falconry rules and the falconry permit term have been made consistent with federal regulations. The terrestrial wildlife confinement standards no longer apply to wildlife not native to the State of Missouri. Residents 65 years of age and older may hunt without permit on licensed shooting areas.


    For additional information about regulations, particularly authorized public use activities on conservation areas, contact your nearest Conservation Department office.

    Public comments about any regulations are always welcome. Written comments and suggestions should be directed to the Regulations Committee, Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City 65102-0180.

    To speed the purchase of permits, Missouri Conservation Heritage Cards are available for $2. These cards store pertinent permit information, including hunter education certification, on a magnetic strip (similar to a credit card). Request an application at any Conservation Department office, or write the Department of Conservation, P. O. Box 180, Jefferson City 65102-0180. The Conservation Department's world wide web home page address is: us/conservation/.

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