3 CSR 10-10.768: Sales and Possession of Wildlife Parts and Mounted Specimens

Purpose

This rule authorizes the sale of certain wildlife parts and mounted specimens.

Summary:

This amendment adds elk heads, antlers, hides or feet that can be bought, sold, or bartered when accompanied by a bill of sale. It also requires recipients and purchaser of elk heads or antlers attached to the skull plate to retain a dated bill of sale. Any person who finds and takes into possession a dead elk with antlers still attached to the skull plate must report it to a conservation agent within twenty-four (24) hours to receive possession authorization.

Title 3 – Department of Conservation
Division 10 – Conservation Commission

Proposed Amendment

(1) Subject to federal regulations, legally obtained feathers, squirrel pelts, rabbit pelts, and groundhog pelts may be bought, sold, or bartered when accompanied by a bill of sale. In addition, legally obtained deer and elk heads, antlers, hides or feet, and turkey feathers, beards, heads, bones, feet, spurs, wings, tails or tail fans, and skins, including skins with the feathers, wings, and legs attached, may also be bought, sold, or bartered when accompanied by a bill of sale. Bills of sale required by this rule shall contain the seller’s full name, address, and the number and species of these parts, and the full name and address of the purchaser. The bill of sale shall be retained by the purchaser while these parts are in his/her possession. Legally taken wildlife and wildlife parts, after mounting or tanning, may be bought and sold.

 

(2) The recipient or purchaser of deer and elk heads and/or antlers attached to the skull plate must retain a dated bill of sale identifying the seller while the heads or antlers are in his/her possession.

 

(3) Any person who finds a dead deer or elk with antlers still attached to the skull plate while afield and takes those antlers into possession must report the taking to a conservation agent within twenty-four (24) hours to receive possession authorization. Shed antlers not attached to the skull plate found while afield may be possessed, bought and sold by any person without possession authorization.

 

AUTHORITY: sections 40 and 45 of Art. IV, Mo. Const. Original rule filed Aug. 27, 1975, effective Dec. 31, 1975.  For intervening history, please consult the Code of State Regulations. Amended: Filed June 28, 2019.

 

PUBLIC ENTITY COST: This proposed amendment will not cost state agencies or political subdivisions more than five hundred dollars ($500) in the aggregate.

 

PRIVATE ENTITY COST: This proposed amendment will not cost private entities more than five hundred dollars ($500) 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, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or via the department’s website at http://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: August 2, 2019 to August 31, 2019