June 2019 Conservation Commission Action


The Missouri Conservation Commission met June 27 at 2 p.m. for its Closed Executive Session and June 28 at 8:30 a.m. for its Regular Open Meeting, both at Conservation Department Headquarters, 2901 W. Truman Blvd. 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:

  • Director’s Comments -- Sara Parker Pauley, Director
  • Operational Excellence Update -- Kendra Witthaus, Assistant to Director, Operational Excellence
  • Report of the Regulations Committee - Mike Hubbard, Deputy Director and Chair, Regulations Committee
  • Elk Restoration Update/Future Elk Season -- Aaron Hildreth, Resource Scientist
  • MDC’s Coldwater Hatchery System -- Brian Canaday, Fisheries Division Chief
  • Financial Report -- Andrew Bond, Financial Services Chief


The Commission:

  • Recognized MDC Community Forester Ann Koenig of Columbia as the recipient of the 2019 True Professional of Arboriculture Award from the International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Approved the structure for an elk hunting season once a population of at least 200 elk is achieved with a minimum of a 10-percent annual herd growth rate and a ratio of at least four cow elk for every one bull. There are currently about 173 elk.
  • Approved the sale of the 63-acre Gardner tract in Greene County.
  • Approved the sale of the 23.1-acre Maude Shores Jacks Conservation Area in Audrain County.
  • Approved the sale of the 7.6-acre Loutre Island Access in Montgomery County.
  • Suspended or revoked one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of three individuals for cause:
    • David C. Jacobs, Farmington, Hunting, 1 Year;
    • Zachery R. Schlotterbeck, Windsor, All Sport, 1 Year; and
    • Guofu Zou, Centralia, Fishing, 2 Years.
  • Suspended or revoked all hunting and fishing privileges of 112 individuals who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.
  • Suspended or revoked one or more hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges of 154 individuals in accordance with the terms of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
  • Suspended or revoked hunting privileges of one individual who inflicted injury to another person while hunting.
  • Approved revision(s) to the bylaws of the Missouri Conservation Commission.
  • Elected the following Commission officers: Don C. Bedell, Chair, and Wm. L. (Barry) Orscheln, Vice Chair/Secretary.
  • Set the next regular meeting for August 22-23, 2019.