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Welcome to the 2014 Small Game Hunting Prospects!

Missouri Department of Conservation staff developed this new report to help small game hunters throughout Missouri learn more about the game they pursue, factors that affect the presence and abundance of game, and where to hunt various wildlife. This first edition of Small Game Hunting Prospects is different from small game reports of the past. Because our Conservation Agent’s Roadside Survey for quail and pheasants was no longer providing useful information for the Small Game Status Report, the Department has developed this document, which will blend the results of population trend surveys with information on species management and hunting tips.

Every year, staff will update Small Game Hunting Prospects, covering a wide variety of small game species and highlighting Department conservation areas statewide where hunters can pursue them.

Regular sections will include an overview of statewide weather and habitat conditions, profiles about the most popular small game species, and manager notes for a sample of quail emphasis areas across the state. Species profiles will include information on life history, habitat management, ongoing research, and a list of featured hunting spots for 2014. Manager notes will highlight management on the area and will detail hunting prospects for small game on that area.

Our intent is that new and seasoned hunters alike will use this resource to learn more about the game they hunt and try out a new hunting spot. Whether you are a new or veteran hunter, good luck! And remember — safe hunting is no accident!

For season dates, limits, permit information, and a list of areas with nontoxic shot requirements, please see the 2014 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet or the 2014 Migratory Bird Hunting Digest, both listed under Related Information below.

Use this report to plan your next small game hunting trip in Missouri.

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Photo of mourning dove, adult female

Dove Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, ongoing dove research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting mourning, white-winged, and Eurasian collared-doves in 2014.

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Bullfrog

Frog Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, ongoing research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting American bullfrogs and green frogs.

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large colorful bird in grass

Pheasant Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, ongoing research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting ring-necked pheasants.

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Quail

Quail Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, ongoing quail research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting quail in 2014.

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Rabbit Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, swamp rabbit research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting rabbits in 2014.

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Virginia rail in marsh

Rail and Snipe Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, ongoing research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting yellow, Virginia, sora, black, and king rails.

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reddish squirrel on wooden fence rail

Squirrel Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, ongoing research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting eastern gray and fox squirrels.

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woodcock

Woodcock Hunting Prospects

Browse hunting tips and habitat treatments, ongoing research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting American woodcocks.

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Bowfishing Prospects

Browse bowfishing tips and habitat treatments, ongoing research, and featured Missouri conservation areas for hunting bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carp-suckers, suckers, buffalo, drum, gar, and all other species not defined as game fish or listed as endangered in the Wildlife Code of Missouri in 2014.

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