Wildlife Code Changes
for use by the general public, commercial use is not allowed. Therefore, guiding hunting parties for pay is prohibited on these public areas.
The Stockton Lake Waterfowl Refuge has been reduced from 1,490 acres to 758 acres. The former refuge acres are uplands, which will provide hunting opportunities for deer, rabbit, quail, squirrel and fall turkey. Quail management will be emphasized. Research at other areas shows that upland hunting near a refuge will not greatly impact the waterfowl that gather there.
- As with other trapping permits, Resident Cable Restraint Permits are now valid through April 10. This allows trappers to complete an entire trapping season using cable restraints without having to purchase the next year’s permit.
- To keep others from interfering with legally set traps, wildlife held in traps, snares or cable restraint devices may only be killed or removed by the person who set the traps.
- Because nutria have extended their range into southeastern Missouri and are often considered a nuisance animal, they can now be trapped during the entire trapping season from Nov. 15 through March 31.
- The rabbit trapping season has been extended from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15 so it will be concurrent with the primary trapping season for furbearers.
To allow trappers and hunters more opportunities to sell their furs at national and international auctions, the new Fur Handler’s Permit allows them to possess, process, transport and ship legally taken pelts from March 2 through June 1. The pelts must have been taken by the holder of the permit; and if sold within Missouri to a fur dealer, the pelts must be fleshed, stretched and dried.
Safety issues are always a concern when setting regulations.
Technology is developing that allows people to shoot wildlife via the Internet with the use of remote cameras. After the animal is located on the computer screen, a remote control would allow the people sitting in front of a computer screen in another location or even another state or country to aim and fire a gun at the animal. Because computer-assisted remote hunting violates the concept of fair chase for wildlife and creates safety concerns for people, Missouri is joining several other states in banning this practice.
Changes to improve and protect wildlife populations and habitat.
- Long Branch Lake has a new daily limit of four and a length limit of 20 inches for white, yellow and striped bass and their hybrids. The 2,429-acre lake in Macon County was recently