February 2022 Conservation Commission Action


The Missouri Conservation Commission met Feb. 17 for a closed executive session and for its regular open meeting. Both were held at MDC Headquarters, 2901 W. Truman Blvd. in Jefferson City.

Commissioners attending in person or online were:

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


The Commission received the following presentations/reports:

  • Director’s Comments -- Sara Parker Pauley, Director
  • Report of the Regulations Committee -- Mike Hubbard, Deputy Director and Chair, Regulations Committee
  • Big River Catfish -- Joe McMullen, Scientist
  • Expanding Recreational Use Opportunities on Conservation Areas -- Lafe Schweissguth, Regional Recreational Use Specialist
  • Financial Report - Fiscal Year 2022 Mid-Year Review of Revenue and Expenditure Trends -- Andrew Bond, Chief Financial Officer
  • Fiscal Year 2022 Mid-Year Review of Major Construction Projects and Major Construction Projects Status Report -- Jacob Careaga, Infrastructure Branch Chief
  • Fiscal Year 2022 Mid-Year Review of Information Technology Projects -- Douglas Fees, IT Branch Chief


The Commission:

  • Approved MDC recommendations for changes to the Wildlife Code identified during the annual review.
  • Gave initial approval to regulation changes regarding increasing the catch-and-keep daily limit for crappie on Mozingo Lake from 15 to 30 fish while restricting the harvest of crappie over nine inches to 15 fish per person, per day.
  • Approved bids for construction of the Four Rivers Conservation Area Unit 3 Structure Gate Repairs and Water Control Gate Replacements – Phase II project located in Bates and Vernon Counties.
  • Approved MDC recommendation to exchange approximately 1.16-acre tract of the Taylors Landing (old Taylors Landing) access on the Missouri River near Rocheport for a 1.16-acre tract adjacent to the Roberts Bluff Access on the Lamine River. Both properties are in Cooper County.
  • Approved the advertising and sale of an estimated 487,018 board feet of timber located on 267 acres of Compartment 2, Coldwater Conservation Area in Wayne County.
  • Approved the advertising and sale of an estimated 1,588,948 board feet of timber located on 962 acres of Compartment 22, Angeline Conservation Area in Shannon County.
  • Approved the advertising and sale of an estimated 492,019 board feet of timber located on 179 acres of Compartment 1, University Forest Conservation Area in Wayne County.
  • Approved MDC recommendations to suspend or revoke one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of 12 individuals for cause:
    1. Aaron C. Bernhardt, Springfield, Hunting, 1 Year;
    2. Van T. Bik, Hindsville (AR), Fishing, 1 Year;
    3. James R. Duemler, California, All Sport, 1 Year;
    4. Kenneth W. Griffith, Sturgeon, Hunting and Fishing, 2 Years;
    5. Job Krause, Bradleyville, Fishing, 1 Year;
    6. Vladimir N. Naumchuk, Inman (SC), Fishing, 1 Year;
    7. Viktor A. Olimpiyuk, Spartanburg (SC), Fishing, 1 Year;
    8. Dalton W. Overby, Cabool, Hunting, 6 Years;
    9. Justin R. Ryun, Kansas City, Hunting and Fishing, 1 Year;
    10. Dakota L. Schwenk, Cabool, Hunting, 6 Years;
    11. Ernist B. Weir, Argyle (NY), Hunting, 2.5 Years; and
    12. Cody R. Scott, Aurora, Hunting, Revoked until 4/19/2024.
  • Approved MDC recommendation to suspend or revoke hunting privileges of one individual who inflicted injury to another person while hunting.
  • Approved MDC recommendation to accept the Hearing Officer recommendation in the matter of issuance of a Licensed Big Game Preserve Permit.
  • Set the next regular meeting for March 25, 2022.