Annual Report Fiscal Year 2003–2004
Antlerless Portion of the season, increasing the number of counties open to Antlerless Deer permits, allowing hunters to purchase and fill any number of Antlerless permits, and expanding the number of resident landowners who qualify for no-cost permits.
Managed Deer Hunt Program: The Department provided additional deer hunting opportunity through the Managed Deer Hunt Program. Overall, 5,713 hunters harvested 2,186 deer during 71 hunts at 39 locations.
Dove Hunting Opportunities: The Conservation Department continues to actively manage for doves on many conservation areas. Mixed plantings of sunflowers, wheat, millet, buckwheat and corn provide varied types of hunting opportunities.
Resource Science Division was involved in more than 150 research, survey and monitoring activities that resulted in 320 technical presentations, 57 workshops and 45 technical publications. These were enhanced by cooperative projects with eight universities and state and federal agencies and supplemented by nearly $1 million in outside funding and more than $6 million in partner support.
Private Land Service's staff made over 4,700 on-site landowner visits to provide technical assistance for fish, forest and wildlife management. A total of 303 workshops and meetings provided conservation information to about 65,000 individuals. In addition, assistance was provided to communities, urban planners and developers in metro areas to help integrate conservation with urban growth.
Improved Deer Management: Antler point restrictions in pilot counties and a focus on harvest of antlerless deer were designed to increase our capacity to manage Missouri's deer population. Pilot efforts in checking deer by telephone show promise for more convenient and efficient tallies of harvest totals.
Department staff provided national leadership in research on trap standards and cable restraints, mourning dove harvest management, coordinated bird monitoring, waterfowl harvest strategy, communicating invasive species challenges, and an assessment of public use on the Missouri River.
Stream Teams: Missouri Stream Team volunteers contributed nearly 100,000 hours to conserving Missouri's stream resources. Stream Teams contributed more than 40,000 hours for litter pickups and more than 13,000 hours of water quality monitoring. The Stash Your Trash Program distributed nearly 270,000 trash bags to Stream Teams and float outfitters, preventing an estimated 1,300 tons of trash from entering Missouri streams.
What the Money Bought - Fiscal Year 2004
Forestry - $14,235,963 Conservation Department programs foster a healthy and growing forest resource. Examples include distributing 6.3 million seedlings for planting to nearly 13,000 landowners, developing 160 Landowner Forest Stewardship Plans, bringing an additional 29,000 acres under total resource management, managing 438,700 acres of public forest land,