Proposed Regulation Changes

The Missouri Department of Conservation follows the Secretary of State’s established process for making changes to the Code of State Regulations. This process calls for state agencies to conduct a 30-day public comment period for each proposed rule, amendment, or rescission and to consider those comments prior to filing a final order of rulemaking.

Only those comments received during the formal public comment period will be reported to the Secretary of State.

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Comment on Existing Regulations

We welcome your comments on current Wildlife Code regulations.

3 CSR 10- 1.010: Organization and Methods of Operation

Summary

This amendment modifies verbiage to more accurately describe the Department of Conservation’s organizational structure.

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3 CSR 10- 4.135: Transportation

Summary

This amendment adds provisions for black bears taken during the black bear hunting season and black bears legally harvested outside of Missouri.

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3 CSR 10- 4.136: Giving Away Wildlife

Summary

This amendment adds provisions for black bears taken during the black bear hunting season. 

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3 CSR 10- 4.137: Wildlife Identification

Summary

This proposed amendment adds provisions for black bears taken during the black bear hunting season and black bears legally harvested outside of Missouri.

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3 CSR 10- 4.140: Possession, Storage and Processing

Summary

The proposed amendment add provisions for black bears taken during the black bear hunting season. 

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3 CSR 10- 4.145: Preparing and Serving Wildlife

Summary

This proposed amendment adds provisions for black bears taken during the black bear hunting season and adds conservation number as a method for labeling wildlife. 

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3 CSR 10- 5.205: Permits Required; Exceptions

Summary

This proposed amendment adds requirements and exceptions for black bear hunting permits and black bear hunting. Additionally, the proposed amendment to subsection (1)(A) removes reference to landowner elk hunting permits and instead adds Resident Antlered Elk Hunting Permit. The proposed amendment to subsection (1)(C) clarifies the exception applies to deer and turkey permits.

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3 CSR 10- 5.215: Permits and Privileges: How Obtained; Not Transferable

Summary

This proposed amendment adds requirements and exceptions for obtaining a Resident Black Bear Hunting Permit. 

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3 CSR 10- 5.225: Permits: Permit Issuing Agents; Service Fees; Other Provisions

Summary

This proposed amendment adds black bear hunting permits to the list of exceptions for Apprentice Hunter Authorizations. 

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3 CSR 10- 5.300: Apprentice Hunter Authorization

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for black bear hunting permits regarding a hunter education certificate.

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3 CSR 10- 5.310: Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for the take of black bear regarding a resident lifetime permit. This amendment specifically excludes black bears from the species of mammals that may be chased, pursued, taken, possessed, and transported by the holder of this permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.320: Resident Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for the take of black bear regarding a resident lifetime permit. This amendment specifically excludes black bears from the species of mammals that may be chased, pursued, taken, possessed, and transported by the holder of this permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.330: Resident Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for the take of black bear regarding a resident hunting and fishing permit. This amendment specifically excludes black bears from the species of mammals that may be chased, pursued, taken, possessed, and transported by the holder of this permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.331: Resident National Guard and Reserve Service Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for the take of black bear regarding a national guard and reserve hunting and fishing permit. This amendment specifically excludes black bears from the species of mammals that may be chased, pursued, taken, possessed, and transported by the holder of this permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.345: Resident Small Game Hunting Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for the take of black bear regarding a small game hunting permit. This amendment specifically excludes black bears from the species of mammals that may be chased, pursued, taken, possessed, and transported by the holder of this permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.445: Daily Small Game Hunting Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for the take of black bear regarding a daily hunting permit. This amendment specifically excludes black bears from the species of mammals that may be chased, pursued, taken, possessed, and transported by the holder of this permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.545: Nonresident Small Game Hunting Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds an exception for the take of black bear regarding a nonresident hunting permit. This amendment specifically excludes black bears from the species of mammals that may be chased, pursued, taken, possessed, and transported by the holder of this permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.605: Nonresident Firearms Deer Management Assistance Program Permit

Summary

This amendment adds a Nonresident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit to the list of prerequisites to be able to purchase a Nonresident Firearms Deer Management Assistance Program Permit.

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3 CSR 10- 5.705: Resident Landowner Antlered Elk Hunting Permit

Summary

This rule is being rescinded as the Resident Landowner Antlered Elk Hunting Permit will no longer be utilized; qualifying landowners will now apply for a permit that is valid within counties open to elk hunting on both public and private property.

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3 CSR 10- 5.900: Resident Black Bear Hunting Permit

Summary

This rule establishes a black bear hunting permit for residents.

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3 CSR 10- 6.550: Other Fish

Summary

This amendment adds specifically-listed streams, or designated portions of these streams, to the locations where fish included in this rule may be taken by bow during all hours throughout the year and changes references in this section from Truman Lake to Harry S Truman Reservoir.

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3 CSR 10- 7.405: General Provisions

Summary

This amendment modifies the Mississippi River levels that will trigger closing hunting during the spring turkey hunting season and the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons in Southeast Missouri in Zones 1 and 2.

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3 CSR 10- 7.410: Hunting Methods

Summary

This amendment adds provisions and exceptions for black bear hunting and adds reference to a proposed new black bear hunting rule.  This amendment also makes grammatical corrections.

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3 CSR 10- 7.434: Deer: Landowner Privileges

Summary

This amendment simplifies the Wildlife Code by removing the landowner application process for deer permits. That process will be moved to 3 CSR 10-7.412.

 

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3 CSR 10- 7.455: Turkeys: Seasons, Methods, Limits

Summary

This amendment simplifies the Wildlife Code by removing the landowner application process for turkey permits. That process will be moved to 3 CSR 10-7.412.

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3 CSR 10- 7.600: Deer Management Assistance Program

Summary

This amendment adds a Nonresident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit to the list of prerequisites to be able to purchase a Nonresident Firearms Deer Management Assistance Program Permit.

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3 CSR 10- 7.700: Elk Hunting Seasons: General Provisions

Summary

This proposed amendment eliminates the landowner elk permit process, removes the overall elk permit application process from this rule and moves it to 3 CSR 10-7.710, and clarifies which muzzleloading firearms may be used to take elk.  

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3 CSR 10- 7.710: Elk: Landowner Privileges

Summary

This amendment removes the landowner elk hunting zone and adds and amends the application and draw process for elk hunting in Missouri from 3 CSR 10-7.700.

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3 CSR 10- 7.900: Black Bear Hunting Season: General Provisions

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3 CSR 10- 7.905: Black Bear Hunting Season: Application and Draw Process

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3 CSR 10- 9.625: Field Trial Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment adds the black bear hunting season to the period when field trial permits will not be valid.

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3 CSR 10-10.708: Nonresident Fur Dealer’s Permit

Summary

This proposed amendment maintains the ability of fur dealers to buy, sell, possess, transport and ship the pelts of bears legally harvested outside of Missouri.

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3 CSR 10-10.715: Resident and Nonresident Fur Dealers: Reports, Requirements

Summary

This proposed amendment clarifies reporting and other requirements to be met by fur dealers and fur buyers transacting in pelts of black bears legally harvested outside of Missouri.

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3 CSR 10-10.732: Tag and Release Fishing Promotion Permit

Summary

This amendment adds other fish to the list of fish which can be used in a tag and release fishing promotion permit. This amendment also removes specific listed water bodies for these events and allows this activity on all impoundments. The restriction of not allowing a fee for participation in an event which uses a tagged and released fish is removed from the rule. This amendment also adds punctuation to subsections (2)(D) and (2)(F).

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3 CSR 10-10.744: Commercial Deer Processing: Permit, Privileges, Requirements

Summary

This proposed amendment changes the name from Commercial Deer Processors Permit to Commercial Game Processors Permit due to the additional record keeping and general requirements related to the addition of black bear processing and meat. The proposed amendment adds black bears to the list of species that commercial deer processors can process and sets requirements for those establishments processing black bear meat.

 

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3 CSR 10-10.767: Taxidermy; Tanning: Permit, Privileges, Requirements

Summary

This proposed amendment adds clarification for black bear regarding taxidermy permit, privileges, and requirements.

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3 CSR 10-11.110: General Provisions

Summary

This amendment adds Lon Sanders Canyon Conservation Area to the list of areas where possession of food and beverage containers made of glass is prohibited.

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3 CSR 10-11.111: Commercial Use

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3 CSR 10-11.145: Tree Stands

Summary

This proposed amendment clarifies the use of tree stands for black bear hunting on department areas.

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3 CSR 10-11.180: Hunting, General Provisions and Seasons

Summary

This amendment prohibits hunting on portions of Peck Ranch Conservation Area designated as a refuge, except as authorized by 3 CSR 10-11.181, 3 CSR 10-11.182, and 3 CSR 10-11.190.

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3 CSR 10-11.191: Bear Hunting

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3 CSR 10-12.109: Closed Hours

Summary

This amendment changes the name of the Liberty (Fountain Bluff Park) to Liberty (Capitol Federal® Sports Complex) and removes Macon County (Fairground Lake), due to the termination of the community assistance program (CAP) agreement, from the rule.

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3 CSR 10-12.110: Use of Boats and Motors

Summary

This amendment changes the name of the Liberty (Fountain Bluff Park) to Liberty (Capitol Federal® Sports Complex) and removes Macon County (Fairground Lake), Mount Vernon (Williams Creek Park Lake), and University of Missouri (South Farm R-1 Lake), due to the termination of the community assistance program (CAP) agreements, from the rule.

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3 CSR 10-12.115: Bullfrogs and Green Frogs

Summary

This amendment adds Belton (Cleveland Lake) as an area under management agreement with MDC, changes the name of the Liberty (Fountain Bluff Park) to Liberty (Capitol Federal® Sports Complex), and removes Macon County (Fairground Lake), due to the termination of the community assistance program (CAP) agreement, from the rule.

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3 CSR 10-12.130: Fishing, General Provisions and Seasons

Summary

This amendment changes the name of the Liberty (Fountain Bluff Park) to Liberty (Capitol Federal® Sports Complex).

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3 CSR 10-12.135: Fishing, Methods

Summary

This amendment changes the name of the Liberty (Fountain Bluff Park) to Liberty (Capitol Federal® Sports Complex).

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3 CSR 10-20.805: Definitions

Summary

The proposed amendment moves black bear from the furbearer definition to the game mammal definition, modifies the muzzleloading firearm definition to specifically include any firearm capable of having the powder or propellant loaded from the breech if the bullet or projectile(s) can only be loaded from the muzzle, and clarifies the definition of resident landowner with respect to land that is owned by a trust.

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