1998 Wildlife Code Changes

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Published on: Jan. 2, 1998

Last revision: Oct. 28, 2010

reduced daily limit and 20-inch minimum length limit on white, yellow and striped bass and their hybrids at Montrose Lake are eliminated.

  • An amendment changes the season, method, size limits, restricted areas and permit requirements for commercial musseling to be comparable with neighboring states. An additional amendment creates a nonresident mussel dealer's permit, also to be comparable with neighboring states.
  • When regulations take effect March 1, there will also be changes in fish limits, length limits and other regulations on a number of lakes on conservation areas. If you fish these lakes, be sure to read regulations posted on area signs.

    • An amendment will allow any person-resident or nonresident- who is 15 years of age or younger to take wildlife (except deer and turkey) as provided in Chapter 7 without a permit. This will make it easier for youngsters to enter the hunting arena and encourage adults to take youngsters hunting.
    • An amendment reduces the scope of the prohibition against hunting furbearers, squirrels and rabbits with dogs during daylight hours of the firearms deer hunting season from statewide to specifically named counties. Furbearers, squirrels and rabbits may not be chased, pursued or taken with dogs during daylight hours of the firearms deer season in Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon and Wayne counties.

    Deer hunters in 1998 will see substantial improvements in the way Firearms and Muzzleloading Firearms Any-Deer and Bonus Deer Hunting permits are sold.

    • For the 1998 season, all Firearms and Muzzleloading Firearms Deer Hunting permits will go on sale July 1.
    • There will be substantial changes in the quota permit distribution system process for 1998. Any-Deer Hunting permits will be available over-the counter in unlimited numbers for most deer management units, with unlimited First Bonus permits available for many units, and unlimited Second Bonus sales for some units. In units where the sale of quota permits must be limited, hunters can apply for them when they purchase their Firearms or Muzzleloading Firearms Deer Hunting permits. A random drawing will determine successful applicants.
    • Regulations for 1998 establish a new Nonresident Muzzleloading Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit.


    • 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, Missouri 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 permit vendor or Conservation Department office, or write the Missouri Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City 65102-0180.
    • The Conservation Department's world wide web home page address is <>

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