Conservation Action, December 2013

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Published on: Dec. 16, 2013

The Conservation Commission met Dec. 12 and 13 in St. Charles. Commissioners present were:

  • Don C. Bedell, Sikeston, Chair
  • James T. Blair, IV, St. Louis, Vice Chair/Secretary
  • Tim E. Dollar, Blue Springs, Member
  • Marilynn J. Bradford, Jefferson City, Member


The Commission approved the following seasons:


  • Youth – April 12-13, 2014
  • Spring – April 21-May 11, 2014
  • Fall – Oct. 1-31, 2014

Season structure, bag limits, and shooting hours remain unchanged from 2013.

Firearms Deer

  • Urban Portion – Oct. 10-13, 2014
  • Early Youth Portion – Nov. 1-2, 2014
  • November Portion – Nov. 15-25, 2014
  • Antlerless Portion – Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 2014
  • Alternative Methods Portion – Dec. 20-30, 2014
  • Late Youth Portion – Jan. 3-4, 2015

The Commission voted to move ahead with changes it approved earlier this year for fishing regulations at Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake. The changes will go into effect March 1, 2014. Those changes include instituting a slot length limit that protects blue catfish between 26 and 34 inches and increasing the daily limit from five catfish to 10 catfish, with not more than two fish 34 inches or longer.

The Commission also voted to allow the importation and sale of one crayfish species, Orconectes virilis (also known as the northern or virile crayfish), for use as live fish bait, effective March 1, 2014.


The Commission:

• Received presentations from:

  •  St. Louis Wildlife Regional Supervisor John Vogel regarding habitat, wildlife and public-use management at August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring conservation areas (CAs).
  •  Policy Coordinator Alan Leary regarding the Ozark National Scenic Riverways General Management Plan.
  •  Wildlife Management Biologist Kevin Brunke and Resource Scientist Andy Raedeke regarding Missouri Wetlands: Linking Science and Management.

• Approved the purchase of 3.7 acres in Adair County as an addition to the Northeast Regional Office.

• Approved the Conservation Department’s 2012-13 Annual Report.

• Appointed Larry Yamnitz to a 5-year term and Mark Nelson to a 3-year term on the Conservation Employees Benefit Plan Trust Fund Board of Trustees.

• Approved entering into a contract with Zoellner Construction Co., Inc., Perryville, for the construction of the Duck Creek CA Greenbrier Tract and Pool 1 Fishing Access Project in Bollinger and Stoddard counties, at a total estimated cost of 522,289.80. Partial funding for the project is provided by a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant.

• Approved accepting the donation of approximately 223 acres in Hickory County from the estate of Lawrence Matthew Schumacher as an addition to Mule Shoe CA.

• Approved the advertisement and sale of an estimated 1,282,888 board feet of timber on 717 acres of Compartment 6 of Pea Ridge CA in Washington County.

• Suspended privileges of 237 persons under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

• Suspended hunting, fishing, and/or trapping privileges of eight Missouri residents and three nonresidents for Wildlife Code violations. Those whose privileges were suspended are:

  • Billy F. Hicks, Avalon, all sport privileges, until Sept. 16, 2018
  • Lester L. Hines, Avalon, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Jason J. Hormann, Gardner, Kan., all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Daniel R. Hughes, Center, Fishing, 1 year
  • Troy S. Hunter, Emma, hunting, 8 years
  • Justin Neihart, Jefferson City, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Leonid Pakhnyuk, Lyons, Ill., fishing, 7 years
  • Jeremy P. Redmon, Kirksville, hunting, 7 years
  • William A. Rodgers, Clinton, all sport privileges, 1 year
  • Jeffery M. Rush, Sheridan, hunting, 3 years
  • Christopher J. Spidle, Quincy, Ill, all sport privileges, 1 year

• Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 405 people who are not in compliance with applicable child-support laws. Privileges suspended for noncompliance are reinstated once the Division of Child Support Enforcement notifies MDC that suspendees have come into compliance with the required laws.

• Approved the nomination of Ed Stegner and Elizabeth “Libby” Schwartz for induction into the Conservation Hall of Fame.

This document is provided for public information only and is not an official record of the Missouri Department of Conservation or Missouri Conservation Commission.


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On December 17th, 2013 at 11:24am lowj said:

Dear Lonnie: We always evaluate the results of regulation changes, so we will be watching what happens and listening to what anglers say about the results of this one. When we have implemented slot length limits like this in other places, it has only taken a few years for anglers to decide it was a great thing. Keep fishing, and get back to us in three to five years to let us know what you think. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. - Jim@mdc

On December 17th, 2013 at 9:52am Lawrence Schlipp said:

I fish for catfish on Truman Lake and Lake of the Ozarks. I am glad to see MDC taking the action they feel necessary to protect this wonderful sport. I wish I could show you the video's of how excited all the young kids get when we take them "jug" fishing for the first time. They love to see the jugs bounce and see what's on the other end making them bounce. Keep up the good work.

On December 17th, 2013 at 7:58am Lonnie Hilte said:

I hope you guys got your ticket books ready for this because you have kept it so secret not very many people know anything about it. I tell as many people as i can and most of them look at me like i am crazy. I really do not understand the point of this ridiculous new law and don't think it should be up to the MDC to tell anyone what they think a trophy fish is. You say that we need to take a kid fishing and hunting but how are we going to keep them interested if we have to throw everthing back. I dont mean to rant on here but its just very upsetting for 1 i am going to have to spend a ton of money rerigging all of my equipment or, 2 i may end up selling my boat because this is really the only type of fishing that we do as a family, 3 i am sure that all of the bait shops around the lake will suffer from this. I do not like your new law but will obey it and continue to spread the word about it. How long will it be before you look into changing it back?
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