April 2019 Conservation Commission Action


The Missouri Conservation Commission met April 11 at 10 a.m. for a budget workshop and closed executive session, and April 12 at 8:30 a.m. for its regular open meeting at Conservation Department Headquarters in Jefferson City. Commissioners present were:

  • Marilynn J. Bradford, Chair
  • David W. Murphy, Vice Chair
  • Don C. Bedell, Secretary
  • Wm. L. (Barry) Orscheln, Member


The Commission received the following presentations/reports:

  • Department Update — Sara Parker Pauley, Director
  • Operational Excellence Update — Kendra Witthaus, Assistant to the Director, Operational Excellence
  • Report of the Regulations Committee — Mike Hubbard, Deputy Director and Chair, Regulations Committee
  • 2019-20 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Season Dates and Limits — Andy Raedeke, Resource Scientist
  • Black Bear Research Update — Laura Conlee, Furbearer Biologist
  • Feral Hog Update — Alan Leary, Wildlife Management Coordinator
  • Financial Report — Andrew Bond, Financial Services Chief


The Commission:

  • Welcomed Barry Orscheln as its newest commissioner.
  • Approved recommended changes to 3 CSR 10-9.220 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding Confined Wildlife: Privileges, Permits, Standards.
  • Approved 2019 dove season dates and limits and 2019-20 migratory bird and waterfowl season dates and limits.
  • Approved a contract for construction of The Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center roof replacement project located in Jackson County.
  • Approved the purchase of approximately 159 acres in Lewis County as an addition to Deer Ridge Conservation Area.
  • Approved the purchase of approximately 1,192 acres in Shannon County as an addition to Rocky Creek Conservation Area.
  • Approved the sale of an estimated 641,621 board feet of timber located on 559 acres of Compartment 9, Rocky Creek Conservation Area in Shannon County.
  • Suspended or revoked one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of 40 individuals for cause:
    1. Jonathan D. Ainsworth, Jamestown, Fishing, 1 Year;
    2. Michael T. Appel, Jerico Springs, Hunting, 1 Year;
    3. Thomas P. Beck, Imperial, All Sport, 1 Year;
    4. Jacob J. Calvert, Columbia, Hunting, 1 Year;
    5. Benjamin R. Canchola, St. Joseph, All Sport, 1 Year;
    6. Matthew B. Chambers, Doniphan, All Sport, 1 Year;
    7. Russell M. Choate, Seymour, Hunting, 1 Year;
    8. Jacob A. Dailey, Auburn (KS), Hunting, 1 Year;
    9. James R. Dallas, Lawson, All Sport, 1 Year;
    10. Jeffrey D. Damotte, Rolla, Hunting, 2 Years;
    11. Randall S. Dowdy, Hahira (GA), Hunting; 2 Years;
    12. Adam W. Elswick, Louisburg, Hunting, 6 Years;
    13. James A. Elswick, Louisburg, Hunting, 3 Years;
    14. Angela D. Freeman, Poplar Bluff, All Sport, 1 Year;
    15. Samuel J. Freeman, Poplar Bluff, All Sport, 1 Year;
    16. Cody A. Gann, Long Lane, Hunting, 1 Year;
    17. Bret A. Heimsness, Lebanon, Hunting, 1 Year;
    18. Dalton J. Helms, Seymour, Hunting, 3 Years;
    19. Marty, Jackson, New Madrid, Hunting & Fishing, 2 Years;
    20. Dalton E. Johannaber, Mexico, Hunting, 1 Year;
    21. Jason A. Jones, Unionville, Hunting, 1 Year;
    22. Sammy J. Latchford, Shelbina, Hunting, 1 Year;
    23. Brady J. Lee, Cameron, Hunting, 4 Years;
    24. Brandan D. Lee, Cameron, Hunting, 5 Years;
    25. Daniel P. Lyon, Flemington, All Sport, 1 Year;
    26. Garrett L. Mathes, Ironton, Hunting, 1 Year;
    27. Francis M. Moyers, Lebanon, Hunting, 1 Year;
    28. Andrew J. Neal, Harrisburg, Hunting & Fishing, 1 Year;
    29. John T. Newbern, Lakeland (GA), Hunting, 3 Years;
    30. Dennis L. Outt, Granby, All Sport, 1 Year;
    31. Kyle A. Penrod, Linneus, Hunting, 1 Year;
    32. Shane C. Roberts, Fair Grove, Hunting, 1 Year;
    33. Clarence Robinson, Laquey, All Sport, 2 Years;
    34. Henry K. Schwartz, Jerico Springs, Hunting, 2 Years;
    35. Dillon R. Secrest, St. Clair, All Sport, 2 Years;
    36. Damon S. Sheets, Fulton, All Sport, 1 Year;
    37. James D. Smith, Gideon, Hunting, Add 2 years to current revocation;
    38. Mitchell K. Steinkuehler, High Ridge, Hunting, 4 Years;
    39. Justin T. Thies, Glasgow, Hunting, 1 Year; and
    40. Donald R. Whitney, Bolivar, Hunting, 1 Year.
  • Suspended or revoked one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of 4 individuals to affirm actions previously taken by the Missouri court system:
    1. Brent A. Borders, Vandalia, Hunting & Fishing, Revoked until 2/13/2021;
    2. Henry L. Cade, Vandalia, Hunting & Fishing, Revoked until 2/13/2021;
    3. James R. Hancock, Vandalia, Hunting & Fishing, Revoked until 2/13/2021; and
    4. Billy J. Picton, Vandalia, Hunting & Fishing, Revoked until 2/13/2021.
  • Suspended or revoked all hunting and fishing privileges of 293 individuals who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.
  • Suspended or revoked one or more hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges of 377 individuals in accordance with the terms of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
  • Reinstated fishing or sport privileges for 3 individuals.
  • Set the next regular meeting for May 22 and 23, 2019.
  • Observed Arbor Days in Missouri by planting a native eastern hop hornbeam tree (also known as ironwood) at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City.

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