2003 Wildlife Code Changes
The purpose of the annual review is to determine whether the existing regulations continue to fulfill the mission of conserving the state's forest, fish and wildlife resources without unnecessarily regimenting or inconveniencing the public. When specific needs are identified, rule changes are recommended to the Missouri Conservation Commission for approval.
Rule changes that appear in the 2003 Wildlife Code, which is now available, become effective March 1, 2003 and are highlighted in this summary. Hunters, anglers and trappers should review and understand the regulations before venturing afield.
Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit
This permit, enacted to begin with the fall 2002 firearms deer season, allows hunters to take a deer of any sex statewide. Missouri's deer population is now large enough to support either-sex deer harvest statewide. The former Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit allowed hunters to take a deer of either sex only in a specified deer management unit. The Resident Firearms Deer Hunting Permit for "bucks only" is no longer available.
Youth Deer And Turkey Hunting Permit
Any person ages 6 through 15 years old may purchase a Youth Deer & Turkey Hunting Permit without displaying a hunter education certificate card. Under this provision, a youth possessing this permit will be allowed to hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult who has a valid hunter education certificate card. Previously, there was no minimum age requirement for purchasing a youth deer and turkey hunting permit, and the maximum age limit for purchase was 11 years.
Removing Wildlife from Traps
Wildlife must be removed or released from traps daily, except for Conibear-type traps set under water, which must be checked every 48 hours.
Expanded Reciprocal Fishing Privileges with Kansas
Any person possessing a valid sport fishing license issued by Missouri or Kansas, or who is legally exempted from those license requirements, without further permit or license, may fish in either state's portion of the Missouri River and its backwaters. These persons may also fish from or attach devices or equipment to land in either state. Anglers must abide by the regulations of the state in which they are fishing, regardless of the state in which they are licensed. They must also abide by the more restrictive of the two states' regulations when fishing in the other state's waters. These new reciprocal fishing privileges are the same as those already in effect on the portion of