Wildlife Code Changes
After discussions with fur dealers, hunters and trappers, the furbearers seasons have been shortened by 15 days. Bobcat pelts must be tagged by Feb. 15.
The commercially manufactured breakaways used with cable restraints must be rated at 350 pounds.
To help recognize the Missourians who are serving our country, the new $5 Resident National Guard and Reserve Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit provides a lower-cost option for these men and women to hunt and fish when they return home. To qualify for this permit, purchasers currently must be, or have been in the previous 12 months, mobilized and serving on full-time active military duty in either the National Guard (in Federal Status) or Reserve forces. For an application form, go online or call (573) 522-4115, ext. 3574. Allow 10 days after sending in your application for your permit to be delivered.
The price of the Resident Cable Restraint Permit has been lowered from $25 to $10. Training is required to purchase this permit, and the new lower rate reflects the lower training costs.
The surcharge for residents of states that charge significantly more for nonresident deer hunting permits than Missouri has been eliminated, but the cost of nonresident permits has increased.
The Resident Fur Dealer’s Permit has been lowered from $300 to $100, and the new Nonresident Fur Dealer’s Permit is available for $300.
To promote recreational use of the Missouri River, a new regulation allows boaters to camp at most riverside conservation areas on any suitable site within 100 yards of the river and moor overnight adjacent to camp (but outside the navigation channel) between April 1 and Sept. 30.
On Blind Pony Lake Conservation Area, only Department-owned boats may be used.
All Class I and Class II wildlife breeders must now maintain records of animals that have died, as well as ones that have been sold. This change was made to discourage people from turning dangerous and exotic animals loose.
Hogs kept on big game hunting preserves must be enclosed in fences constructed of 12-gauge woven wire at least 5 feet high and topped with one strand of electrified wire. An additional 2 feet of such fencing must be buried and angled underground toward the enclosure interior. This change was made to keep hogs from escaping and becoming nuisances.
Fences on big game hunting preserves cannot be cross-fenced into portions of less than 320 acres.
To ensure that lessees who help manage Missouri’s private land have the same hunting and fishing privileges as resident landowners, the commission revised the lessee definition to include only those lessees who reside on and lease at least 5 acres of land in one continuous tract owned by others. Any member of the lessee’s immediate household whose legal residence and domicile is the same as the lessee’s for at least 30 days also may receive these privileges, which include no-cost deer and turkey permits to use on the leased land only.