2001 Wildlife Code Changes

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Published on: Feb. 2, 2001

Last revision: Nov. 8, 2010

turkey or turkey with a visible beard during the Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season. A turkey harvested during the spring youth season will count toward that individual‘s spring season bag limit. Individuals hunting during the Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season may not harvest a second turkey during the first week of the spring season. Turkeys may only be taken by shotgun with shot no larger than No. 4 or longbow, without the use of dogs, bait, recorded calls or live decoys. All other statewide regulations apply.

  • Nonresident Landowner Firearms Deer and Turkey Hunting Permits - These new permits allow nonresidents who own at least 75 acres in one Missouri deer management unit to pursue, take, possess and transport an antlered deer from their land statewide during the firearms deer hunting season. Permit costs are as follows:
  • Nonresident Landowner Firearms Deer Hunting Permit - $75
  • Nonresident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit - $75
  • Nonresident Landowner Firearms First Bonus Deer Hunting Permit - $40
  • Nonresident Landowner Firearms Second Bonus Deer Hunting Permit - $25
  • Nonresident Landowner Firearms Turkey Hunting Permit (Spring) - $75
  • Nonresident Landowner Firearms Turkey Hunting Permit (Fall) - $50
  • Nonresident Landowner Archer‘s Hunting Permit - $75
  • These permits may be obtained through the Department‘s Jefferson City Office. Send requests to: Missouri Department of Conservation, Fiscal Services Section, P.O. Box 3337, Jefferson City, MO, 65102
  • Otter and Muskrat Trapping Zones - The Department established an otter trapping season to reduce damage to fish populations caused by otters in areas of high otter density and to maintain populations in areas with lower densities. Consult the Missouri Wildlife Code for Otter Management Zone boundaries.
  • A season limit of five otters and muskrats may be taken from November 20 through January 20 otter management zones A, C and D as specified in the Wildlife Code of Missouri.
  • The season limit is 20 otters in Otter Management Zone B, and the season runs November 20 through January 20.
  • Any number of otters may be taken from November 20 through February 20 in Otter Management Zone E.
  • Any number of muskrats may be taken in any numbers during otter season in zones B and C.
  • Migratory Bird Permit - An amendment to the Missouri Wildlife Code changes effective dates for the Migratory Bird Hunting Permit to run from July 1 through June 30. For the 2001-2002 seasons, Migratory Bird hunting Permits will go on sale July 1.
  • Season Dates - The Department clarified season dates on bullfrogs, green frogs, quail, ruffed grouse, rabbits, squirrels, crows, pheasants and furbearers.


    Wild Ginseng Harvest - New regulations specify parameters for the legal harvest of wild ginseng (Panax quinquefolium).

    • Wild ginseng plants or roots harvested must possess three (3) or more true leaves (prongs) or flowering/fruiting stalks.
    • The entire stalk, minus the mature fruits, shall be kept with the plants until they are taken to the harvester‘s home or place of business.
    • When harvesting wild ginseng, harvesters shall plant all seeds from harvested plants within 100 feet of the parent plants.

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