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- 4.111: Endangered Species

Summary

This amendment adds one species of crayfish to the state endangered species list.

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3 CSR 10- 6.405: General Provisions

Summary

This amendment clarifies regulations for the St. Francis River, as outlined in a reciprocal agreement with the State of Arkansas, and removes the requirement to keep fish separate and identifiable for those holding a fish utilization permit following judging after a bona fide fishing tournament using lethal methods of take.

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3 CSR 10- 6.415: Restricted Zones

Summary

This amendment removes fishing restrictions on the red ribbon portion of Roubidoux Creek.

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3 CSR 10- 6.535: Trout

Summary

This proposed amendment removes trout fishing restrictions on the red ribbon portion of Roubidoux Creek and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10- 6.550: Other Fish

Summary

This amendment removes alligator gar from sportfish harvest, replaces names of specific species with “invasive fish” (as defined in Chapter 20), clarifies how they may be transported when taken from waters of the state, and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10- 6.605: Live Bait

Summary

This amendment replaces the names of specific species with “invasive fish” (as defined in Chapter 20) and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10- 8.505: Trapping

Summary

This amendment clarifies that furbearers may not be held alive under trapping permits, except by residents who also possess a Resident Commercial Live Coyote and Fox Trapping Permit, and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10- 8.515: Furbearers: Trapping Seasons

Summary

This amendment removes privileges associated with taking, holding, and selling live coyotes, red fox, and gray fox from Chapter 8 of the Wildlife Code and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10- 9.565: Licensed Hunting Preserve: Privileges

Summary

This amendment corrects the name of a National Wildlife Refuge, standardizes the names of three conservation areas, and alphabetizes those areas.

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3 CSR 10- 9.575: Hound Running Area: Privileges, Requirements

Summary

This amendment authorizes the holder of a Hound Running Area Operator and Dealer Permit to obtain live coyotes and foxes from the holder of a Resident Commercial Live Coyote and Fox Trapping Permit and establishes ear tag requirements for coyotes and foxes held by the permittee.

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3 CSR 10-10.725: Commercial Fishing: Seasons, Methods

Summary

This amendment prohibits the commercial harvest of alligator gar, replaces the names of specific species with “invasive fish” (as defined in Chapter 20), clarifies how they may be transported when taken from waters of the state, and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10-10.726: Reciprocal Privileges: Commercial Fishing; Commercial Waters

Summary

This amendment clarifies regulations for the St. Francis River, as outlined in a reciprocal agreement with the State of Arkansas, and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10-10.739: Fish Utilization Permit

Summary

This rule establishes a utilization permit for the possession, transportation, and donation of fish legally taken, with lethal methods of take, during bona fide fishing tournaments to commercial establishments.  It also authorizes the selling of fish to commercial establishments by contractors in a department contracted invasive fish removal project.

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3 CSR 10-10.743: Commercial Establishments

Summary

This amendment allows for the transport of fish to a commercial establishment when transfer is accompanied by a valid invoice, bill of sale, written statement from the holder of a Fish Utilization Permit, or letter of authorization from a contractor of a department contracted invasive fish removal project.

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3 CSR 10-10.788: Resident Commercial Live Coyote and Fox Trapping Permit

Summary

This rule establishes a permit for residents of the state to take, possess, transport, and hold coyotes, red fox, and gray fox alive and to sell these animals to the holder of a valid Hound Running Area Operator and Dealer Permit.

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3 CSR 10-10.789: Resident Commercial Live Coyote and Fox Trapping: Privileges, Seasons, Methods, Requirements

Summary

This rule establishes the seasons, methods, and requirements for taking, holding, possessing, and selling live coyotes, red fox, and gray fox by the holder of a Resident Commercial Live Coyote and Fox Trapping Permit.

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3 CSR 10-11.110: General Provisions

Summary

This amendment establishes or clarifies permitted and restricted activities on department areas and authorizes the take of feral swine on department areas in accordance with 3 CSR 11.220 during deer and turkey hunting seasons.

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3 CSR 10-11.115: Closings

Summary

This amendment adds the fenced refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area to the list of conservation areas that are open to public use only during the hours authorized by posting.

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3 CSR 10-11.145: Tree Stands

Summary

The amendment changes a reference to the title of 3 CSR 10-11.181 to be consistent with other rules in Chapter 11.

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3 CSR 10-11.160: Use of Boats and Motors

Summary

This amendment adds canoes and kayaks to the rule to better define what types of boats are allowed on department areas.

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

Summary

This amendment modifies regulations on three conservation areas to provide additional opportunity for small game hunting, establishes general provisions for hunting on a new conservation area, and changes references to the title of 3 CSR 10-11.181 to be consistent with other rules in Chapter 11.

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3 CSR 10-11.181: Turkey Hunting

Summary

This amendment changes the title and purpose statement for this rule to ensure consistency with other rules in this chapter and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.

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3 CSR 10-11.184: Quail Hunting

Summary

This amendment eliminates restrictions for quail hunters by removing closing dates, daily tag, and check-in/check-out requirements on certain conservation areas.

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3 CSR 10-11.205: Fishing, Methods and Hours

Summary

This amendment establishes provisions for fishing methods on Cooley Lake Conservation Area.

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3 CSR 10-11.220: Taking Feral Swine

Summary

This rule establishes regulations for the take of feral swine on department areas during deer and turkey hunting seasons.

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3 CSR 10-12.110: Use of Boats and Motors

Summary

This amendment adds canoes, kayaks, and sailboats rule to better define what types of boats are allowed on areas managed by the department under cooperative agreement and prohibits the use of boats and motors at Kearney (Jesse James Park Lake) and St. Ann (Gendron Lake), areas under management agreement with the department.

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3 CSR 10-12.115: Bullfrogs and Green Frogs

Summary

This amendment provides for the taking of bullfrogs and green frogs by pole and line only at Kearney (Jesse James Park Lake) and St. Ann (Gendron Lake), areas under management agreement with the department.

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3 CSR 10-12.125: Hunting and Trapping

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3 CSR 10-12.135: Fishing, Methods

Summary

This amendment prohibits the take of Gizzard shad from St. Ann (Gendron Lake), an area under management agreement with the department.

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3 CSR 10-20.805: Definitions

Summary

This amendment adds definitions for “handgun” and “invasive fish”, removes alligator gar from commercial fish harvest, and includes feral swine in the definitions of chase or chased, pursue or pursued, and take or taking.

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