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Published on: Jan. 18, 2012

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Missourians care deeply about our state’s forests, fish and wildlife. To ensure these resources are protected, the Conservation Department’s Regulations Committee reviews the Wildlife Code of Missouri each year. In doing so, the Committee considers hundreds of suggestions from hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Although every suggestion cannot be adopted, all are carefully reviewed. The following is a summary of key changes to the Wildlife Code. For the complete Wildlife Code, visit the link listed below. Most changes will take effect March 1, 2012, unless noted. Each is a reflection of the Department’s commitment to work with you and for you to sustain healthy plant and animal communities, increase opportunities for Missourians to experience nature, and promote public safety.

Many regulations are designed to sustain healthy plant and animal communities. Some rules involve harvest regulations; others are set to curtail the spread of invasive plants and animals that threaten Missouri’s native species.

  • To provide hunters more options during the muzzleloader portion of the firearms deer season, additional hunting methods will be allowed.
  • Didymo, or rock snot, is a single-celled alga that forms thick, slimy mats in cold-water streams. Left unchecked, didymo can blanket entire stretches of water, reducing food for fish such as trout, degrading water quality and making it impossible to fish. Didymo can spread by hitching rides in the porous soles of waders and fishing footwear. Once it gains a toehold, it’s nearly impossible to eradicate. To keep didymo at bay, waders or footwear that have porous soles of felted, matted or woven fibrous material have been banned at trout parks and in certain trout streams.
  • Effective March 1, waders or footwear that have porous soles are banned at trout partks and in certain trout streams in order to stop the spread of didymo. Missouri is a world-class place to hunt, trap, fish and experience nature. The following regulation changes increase opportunities for Missourians to engage in these activities.
  • To provide hunters and trappers more opportunities to sell their furs, the Resident Fur Handlers Permit was rescinded on July 1, 2011. Now, people with a valid permit to hunt or trap may possess, transport and sell furs throughout the year.
  • Hunters with developmental disabilities who have taken a hunter-education course but failed to pass the certification tests now may purchase firearms permits. However, they must carry a physician’s statement as proof of their disability and hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed

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