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Published on: Jan. 31, 2011

Last revision: Feb. 16, 2011

Wildlife Code has been clarified to indicate that those permits are required to take, possess and sell roe from these fish. Last, to curtail the illegal sale of caviar, the Wildlife Code was rewritten to clarify that fish eggs may be sold only at retail by resident commercial establishments.

Researchers who band birds for scientific study must now obtain both a federal bird banding permit and a Missouri Wildlife Collector’s Permit.

Several changes have been made to Missouri’s falconry regulations to align them with federal guidelines. A complete listing of the changes is available upon request from the Conservation Department. They also can be found online in Chapter 9 of the Wildlife Code at

Marbled crayfish have been added to the list of species that are prohibited from being imported, transported, sold, purchased or possessed in Missouri. These non-native crustaceans reproduce rapidly, become established quickly and can survive out of water long enough to travel overland. There is evidence they endanger not only native crayfish but also fish and other aquatic organisms.

Missouri is a worldclass place to hunt, trap, fish and experience nature. The following regulation changes increase opportunities for Missourians to engage in these activities.

Online permit buying has been available in Missouri since 2002, but buyers had to wait up to two weeks for their actual permits to arrive by mail. Beginning March 1, the new e-Permits System will enable sport hunters, trappers and anglers to buy their permits online, print them out at home and use them immediately. Folks will still be able to buy permits from traditional vendors and by using the telephone if they prefer.

Deer and turkey permits will no longer include a removable transportation tag. Instead, the permit itself will be the transportation tag. Each permit will have months printed along one edge and dates along another. Hunters will notch the month and day that they shot their game, then attach the permit to the animal. The animal still must be reported to Telecheck as before. An easy way to remember the new procedure is: Bag it, notch it, tag it, and check it.

At the request of anglers, the Conservation Department will allow the use of underwater lights for bow fishing on lakes, ponds and other impoundments. Underwater lights will improve the ability of bow fishers to identify their targets. The lights will also provide more opportunity for anglers.

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