December 2022 Conservation Commission Action


The Missouri Conservation Commission met Dec. 1 for a workshop and closed executive session and Dec. 2 for its regular open meeting. All were held at Conservation Department Headquarters, 2901 W. Truman Blvd. in Jefferson City.

Commissioners attending the open meeting in person or online were:

  • Mark L. McHenry, Chair
  • Steven D. Harrison, Vice Chair
  • Margaret (Margy) F. Eckelkamp, Secretary
  • L. (Barry) Orscheln, Member


The Commission received the following presentations/reports:

  • Director’s Comments — Sara Parker Pauley, Director
  • Relevancy Program — Jessica Hoey, Relevancy Branch Chief
  • Communications Program — Heather Feeler, Communications Branch Chief
  • Public Comments from Ray Salva of Sugar Creek, on Brown Bend Access in Camden County
  • Recommendation to set season dates for each portion of the 2023-2024 firearms deer hunting season and proposed changes to regulations related to CWD Management — Jason Isabelle, Cervid Program Supervisor
  • 2023 Missouri Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations Recommendations and Turkey Research Update — Nicholas Oakley, Scientist
  • Financial Report — Andrew Bond, Chief Financial Officer
  • Major Construction Projects Status Report — Jacob Careaga, Infrastructure Management Branch Chief
  • Presentation of newest mural in “Conservation Advances in Missouri” series — Aaron Jeffries, Deputy Director
  • Recognition of Herschel P. “Woody” Bledsoe being inducted into the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame — Jason Sumners, Deputy Director


The Commission:

  • Approved season dates for each portion of the 2023-2024 firearms deer hunting season and approved proposed changes to regulations related to CWD Management.
  • Approved 2023 Missouri spring turkey hunting regulations recommendations.
  • Approved the sale of the 56-acre Price Bridge Access in Chariton County.
  • Approved the purchase of approximately 210 acres in Adair County as an addition to the Northeast Regional Office.
  • Approved the purchase of approximately 80 acres in Pemiscot County as an addition to the Desoto Unit of Black Island Conservation Area.
  • Approved MDC to convey ownership of the 5-acre Perry Towersite in Perry County.
  • Approved MDC to convey ownership of the 5-acre Squires Towersite in Douglas County.
  • Approved the advertisement and sale of an estimated 1,252,045 board feet of timber located on 385 acres of Compartment 6, Coldwater Conservation Area in Wayne County.
  • Approved MDC recommendations to suspend or revoke one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of 23 individuals for cause:
    1. Ethan W. Atkinson, Perry, Hunting and Fishing, 1 Year;
    2. William G. Blackwell, Cunningham (TN), Hunting, 1 Year;
    3. Tyler M. Davis, Grovespring, Hunting, 3 Years;
    4. Ramsey A. Evans, Scott City, All Sport, 2 Years;
    5. Viktor L. Florescu, Sacramento (CA), Fishing, 1 Year;
    6. Benton H. Fulcher, Spring Hill (TN), Hunting, 1 Year;
    7. Gavin M. Harris, Polk, Hunting, 2 Years;
    8. Dravin L. Helferstay, Ellington, Hunting, 1 Year;
    9. Kenneth A. Henson, Joplin, Hunting, 2 Years;
    10. Jerry D. Husereaux, Boonville, Hunting and Fishing; 2 Years;
    11. Derek Khan, New Berlin (WI), Hunting, 2 Years;
    12. Kristina A. Morgunov, Rogersville, Fishing, 7 Years;
    13. Diego L.  Paredes, Kansas City (KS), Fishing, 3 Years;
    14. Zachary A. Payne, Century (FL), Hunting, 2 Years;
    15. Garry E. Poe, Downing, Hunting, 1 Year;
    16. Auston J. Pulliam, Ethel, Hunting, 1 Year;
    17. William G. Robertson, Kansas City, Hunting, 1 Year;
    18. Rod M. Rodriguez, Pegram (TN), Hunting, 1 Year;
    19. Aleksey A. Rozentuler, Pocono Lake (PA), Fishing, 1 Year;
    20. Trey D. Smith, Kirksville, Hunting and Fishing, 2 Years;
    21. Logan R. Wells, Sedalia, Hunting, 4 Years;
    22. John M. Whann, Springfield (LA), Hunting, 14 Years; and
    23. Viktor L. Zakharov, Blue Springs, Fishing, 1 Year.
  • Approved a one-year suspension of hunting privileges and required completion of a hunter education training course for Colt R. Mann of Sugar Creek for inflicting injury to another person by firearm while hunting.
  • Approved the reinstatement of hunting privileges for Jacob A. Gildehaus of New Haven.
  • Set the next regular meeting for Feb. 3, 2023.