1999 Wildlife Code Changes
For Missouri residents, the combined permit fee adjustments represent a 12 percent increase over 1998 prices, while nonresident permits will increase by approximately 22 percent overall. The increase in nonresident permit fees reflects the need to maintain parity with surrounding states with respect to what Missouri sportsmen are charged for nonresident permits in other states.
The increased permit revenues are needed to offset increased operational costs and enhance programs that provide direct benefits to Missouri hunters and anglers. It is unfortunate that prices for goods and services must be increased at times, and it would be much easier for all of us if the cost of food, cars, housing, utilities, clothing and other necessities of life would remain constant. However, this is not the case.
For deer and turkey hunting permits in particular, the fee increases for 1999 reflect additional costs associated with expanded season opportunities, such as the recent addition of a third week to the spring turkey hunting season. The fee for the fall turkey hunting permit will not change. Likewise, consolidation of the muzzleloading and firearms deer hunting permits into a single firearms permit for 1999 provides nine days of additional hunting opportunity during December for hunters who previously had elected to hunt with modern firearms.
Although the firearms deer hunting permit increases to $15 for 1999, the cost for the first bonus deer permit remains the same at $11, while the cost for the second bonus deer permit was decreased to $7. The net result is that, for hunters who purchase a firearms deer hunting permit and two bonus permits in 1999, the total cost of the permits ($33) remains unchanged from 1998.
Resident immigrants who possess the proper documentation from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service may receive resident permit privileges-even though not citizens-provided they otherwise meet Missouri residency requirements.
An amendment adds a new section that authorizes wildlife breeders to sell dressed and processed quail, pheasants, partridges and game bird eggs at retail and to commercial establishments. An additional amendment allows dressed and processed quail, including bobwhite quail, to be bought, sold and possessed by commercial establishments when possession is accompanied by a valid invoice or bill of sale.
There will be a longer period for review of field and retriever trial permits by the Conservation Department. The Conservation Department will allow additional field trial days for raccoon hunters-at night during or five days prior to the spring turkey hunting season.
For additional information about regulations and particularly authorized public use activities on conservation areas, contact your nearest Conservation Department office. See page 13 for a list of offices and phone numbers.
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 MO 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, MO 65102-0180.
The Conservation Department's worldwide web home page address is <http://www.mdc.mo.gov/>.