Waterfowl Reservation System
For specific questions about waterfowl hunting areas, call your local Missouri Department of Conservation office or see "Waterfowl Managed Hunt Areas" listed below.
Who may apply: Missouri residents possessing a conservation ID number. The nine digit Conservation ID# appears on the top of your hunting permit or on the back of your Heritage Card next to the bar code. A hunter may apply for anyone living in his/her immediate household, but the reservation holder must be present at the hunt for the reservation to be valid.
When to apply: Sept. 1-18, 2012, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Results of the drawing will be available on Oct.1 by accessing the Waterfowl Reservation link below.
How To Apply: Go to our Waterfowl Reservation link below. Have your Conservation ID# ready. Choose up to three areas (using the hunt number listed above), and choose the first available weekend (of the whole season), first available weekday, first available day of the week or a specific date.
How does the Waterfowl Reservation System work?
Hunters may choose a specific date, first available weekend, first available day of the week or first available day for each of up to three areas. Beginning this year, if the applicant's choice is not available, then no reservation is awarded for that selection. All entries received are then shuffled and assigned a number in random order. The program looks at the first choice of each hunter and attempts to award that choice. Two possible outcomes can occur:
- If the hunter's first choice is available, it is awarded. The program then moves on to the next hunter and looks at his or her first choice.
- If the hunter's first choice is not available, no hunt is awarded, and the program moves to that hunter's second choice, either awarding that selection if available (and moving on to the next hunter), or if not available, the program then looks at that hunter's third choice.
After a first attempt has been made to award each hunter a reservation, the system repeats the same process, going through remaining choices and attempting to award any hunt dates not yet awarded.
Requesting first available day for a particular area has better odds of an award than requesting a specific date. A hunter will not be awarded an area different than what he or she has requested.