SPRINGFIELD Mo - Waterfowl hunters will have an opportunity to provide input on the location of duck zone boundaries and season structure (zones and splits) in Missouri for the next five-year period (20011-2015) at a series of public meetings the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold at select sites across the state.
Locally, meetings will be held on March 28 at the Wildcat Glade Conservation Area and Audubon Center in Joplin and on March 29 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center in Springfield. Both meetings will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows individual states to change duck zone boundaries and season structure at five-year intervals. MDC is conducting these public forums to obtain information about hunter preferences and season dates. The information will be used to decide whether or not existing zone boundaries or season structure should be changed. Topics to be discussed at these meetings will include species’ migrations, habitat availability and results of hunter attitude surveys.
For information about the March 28 meeting at Joplin, call the MDC Joplin Office at 417-629-3423. For the March 29 meeting at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, call the Nature Center at 417-888-4237 or the MDC Southwest Regional Office at 417-895-6880.