Wildlife Code - Proposed Regulation Changes

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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.

3 CSR 10- 7.433: Deer: Firearms Hunting Seasons
Summary:

PURPOSE: This amendment would eliminate the conflict that currently exists where elk hunters in counties open during both the elk firearms portion and deer antlerless portion would not be allowed to pursue elk using all legal elk firearms methods during the deer antlerless portion.

 

Title 3 – Department of Conservation
Division 10 – Conservation Commission

Chapter 7—Wildlife Code: Hunting: Seasons, Methods, Limits

Proposed Amendment

(3) Other wildlife may be hunted during the firearms deer hunting season except as further restricted in this section -

(A) During the November portion statewide and the antlerless portion in open counties, other wildlife (except furbearers) may be hunted only with pistol, revolver, or rifle firing a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire cartridge, or a shotgun and shot not larger than No. 4; except that waterfowl hunters, trappers, or landowners on their land may use other methods as specified in 3 CSR 10-7.410(1)(G); and except that elk hunters may use other methods as specified in 3 CSR 10-7.700(4) during the firearms portion of the elk season;

(B) During the November portion statewide and the antlerless portion in open counties, furbearers may be hunted within the established furbearer hunting seasons during daylight hours using any legal deer hunting method by persons holding an unfilled Firearms Deer hunting permit, and - 

1. A Resident Small Game Hunting Permit; or

2. A Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit; 

(C) Furbearers may not be chased, pursued, or taken with the aid of dogs during daylight hours from November 1 through the end of the November portion statewide and the antlerless portion in open counties; and 

(D) Squirrels and rabbits may not be chased, pursued, or taken with the aid of dogs during daylight hours of the November portion in Butler, Carter, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, and Wayne counties. 

AUTHORITY: sections 40 and 45 of Art. IV, Mo. Const. and section 252.040, RSMo 2016.* Original rule filed April 29, 2004, effective May 15, 2004. For intervening history, please consult the Code of State Regulations. Amended: Filed May 20, 2022.

PUBLIC ENTITY COST: This proposed rule will not cost a public entity more than five hundred dollars ($500) in the aggregate.

PRIVATE ENTITY COST: This proposed rule will not cost private entities more than five hundred dollars ($500) annually in the aggregate.

NOTICE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: Anyone may file a statement in support of or in opposition to this proposed amendment with Regulations Committee Chairman, Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or via the department’s website at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z49. To be considered, comments must be received within thirty (30) days after publication of this notice in the Missouri Register. No public hearing is scheduled.

Official public comment period: July 2, 2022 to July 31, 2022
3 CSR 10- 7.705: Elk: Hunting Season
Summary:

PURPOSE: This amendment would eliminate the conflict that currently exists where deer hunters in counties open during both the elk firearms portion and deer antlerless portion would not be allowed to pursue deer using all legal deer firearms methods until the close of the elk firearms portion.

Title 3 – Department of Conservation
Division 10 – Conservation Commission

Chapter 7—Wildlife Code: Hunting: Seasons, Methods, Limits

Proposed Amendment

(2) Other wildlife may be hunted during the firearms portion of the elk hunting season except as further restricted in this section:

  (A) During the firearms portion of the elk hunting season in open counties, other wildlife may be hunted only with pistol, revolver, or rifle firing a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire cartridge, or a shotgun and shot not larger than No. 4; except that waterfowl hunters, trappers, or landowners on their land may use other methods as specified in 3 CSR 10-7.410(1)(G); and except that deer hunters may use other methods as specified in 3 CSR 10-7.431(5) during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season;

  (B) During the firearms portion of the elk hunting season in open counties, persons holding an unfilled elk hunting permit and a Resident Small Game Hunting Permit may take furbearers during daylight hours using any legal elk hunting method;

  (C) Furbearers may not be chased, pursued, or taken with the aid of dogs during daylight hours in open counties; and

  (D) Squirrels and rabbits may not be chased, pursued, or taken with the aid of dogs during daylight hours in open counties.

AUTHORITY: sections 40 and 45 of Art. IV, Mo. Const. and section 252.040, RSMo 2016.* Original rule filed June 28, 2019, effective Dec. 30, 2019. For intervening history, please consult the Code of State Regulations. Amended: Filed May 20, 2022.

PUBLIC ENTITY COST: This proposed rule will not cost a public entity more than five hundred dollars ($500) in the aggregate.

PRIVATE ENTITY COST: This proposed rule will not cost private entities more than five hundred dollars ($500) annually in the aggregate.

NOTICE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: Anyone may file a statement in support of or in opposition to this proposed amendment with Regulations Committee Chairman, Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or via the department’s website at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z49. To be considered, comments must be received within thirty (30) days after publication of this notice in the Missouri Register. No public hearing is scheduled.

 

Official public comment period: July 2, 2022 to July 31, 2022
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