Available to Missouri residents only
Cost will be $25
Permit will be bear management zone-specific
Number of permits allocated for each zone will be approved by the Commission
No landowner permit
Hunter Education Requirement: A person must be 11 years of age or older and display a hunter education certificate or was born before January 1, 1967 at the time of the hunt in order to purchase a black bear hunting permit
BMZ-specific Permit Application
Since there is no landowner permit; instead MDC proposes a new way to ensure eligible resident landowners can have a good chance of participating in the bear season.
Because bears cover very large ranges and are not evenly distributed across the landscape, thus the likelihood of success for most resident landowners hunting ONLY on their property would be very limited.
MDC would still like to recognize the contribution of landowners to conservation. To do so, MDC will allocate a minimum of 10% of BMZ-specific black bear hunting permits randomly to eligible landowners who apply for that BMZ-specific permit, unless the number of qualified landowner applications does not meet this minimum.
Landowners who are randomly awarded a BMZ-specific black bear hunting permit would be allowed to use their permit to hunt anywhere – on public or private land (with permission) within the designated BMZ.
This 10% minimum guarantees that a specified number of eligible landowners within the BMZ will be able to purchase a BMZ-specific black bear hunting permit.
Why does MDC want to ensure a minimum number of eligible resident landowners are awarded a BMZ-specific black bear hunting permit?
What landowners are eligible to be considered for this?