FERAL HOGS REGULATION

Feral hogs (see legal definition below) may be taken in any number throughout the year. During most of the year, no permit is required and any method, including baiting and the use of dogs, is allowed. However, special restrictions apply during the fall firearms deer and turkey hunting seasons. Please refer to the current Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations Informationbrochure, available in PDF format under “Related Information” below and in print form at permit vendors and MDC offices.

During all portions of the fall firearms deer season:

  • You must possess a valid, unfilled firearms deer or small game hunting permit.
  • You must abide by the methods of pursuit allowed for deer listed on page 11 of the current Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, listed under “Related Information” below.
  • You must abide by any other restrictions that may apply on specific public areas.

During the November portion statewide and the antlerless portion in open areas:

  • If you have a deer permit you may only use methods allowed for deer
  • If you have a small game permit you may only use a .22-caliber or smaller rimfire cartridge or a shotgun with shot not larger than No. 4.
  • You may not use dogs to pursue feral hogs during these portions of the firearms deer season.

During the youth and muzzleloader portions statewide, and the urban zones portion in open areas:

  • If you have a deer permit you may use methods allowed for deer.
  • If you have a small game permit you may use methods allowed for small game.

During the fall firearms turkey-hunting season:

  • If you are hunting on a fall firearms turkey-hunting permit, you may only use methods allowed for turkey.
  • If you are hunting on a small game hunting permit, you may use methods allowed for small game.

Note: Resident landowners and lessees on their land are not required to have any permit, and they may use any method or means to take feral hogs throughout the year, including during all portions of the firearms deer and turkey hunting seasons.

  • Report feral hog sightings by calling 573-522-4115, ext. 3147.
  • For more information, visit “Shoot ‘Em on Sight” under “Related Information” below.

Don’t Accidentally Shoot Livestock

Make sure feral hogs are truly feral and not someone’s livestock. Hunters who kill marked domestic raised hogs can be held liable for damages.

All Missouri Department of Natural Resources state park property is deemed a wildlife refuge and is off limits to all hunting and vehicle traffic.

It is illegal to hunt on private property without the landowner’s permission. First-degree trespass offenses carry a $500 fine. If you wish to hunt on private land, always ask permission first. Landowners often post or define the land boundaries of their property by marking trees, fence posts and other perimeter objects with purple paint. In a court of law, such marked properties are deemed posted against all activities.

Other Legal Considerations

Missouri Revised Statute 270.260

Any person who knowingly releases any swine to live in a wild or feral state upon any public land or private land not completely enclosed by a fence capable of containing such animals is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Each swine so released shall be a separate offense.

Missouri Revised Statute 270.400. Killing of feral hogs is permitted when:

  • For purposes of this section, the term “feral hog” means any hog, including Russian and European wild boar, that is not conspicuously identified by ear tags or other forms of identification and is roaming freely upon public or private lands without permission.
  • A person may kill a feral hog roaming freely upon such person’s land and shall not be liable to the owner of the hog for the loss of the hog.
  • Any person may take or kill a feral hog on public land or private land with the consent of the landowner; except that, during the firearms deer and turkey hunting season the regulations of the Missouri wildlife code shall apply. Such person shall not be liable to the owner of the hog for the loss of such hog.
  • No person except a landowner or such landowner’s agent on such landowner’s property shall take or kill a feral hog with the use of an artificial light.
  • Feral hog controllers may legally harvest any number, size and/or sex of feral hog

Courtesy of Missouri Dept of Conservation

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Venison meatloaf is a special occasion feature

LITTLE ROCK – For a company-coming dinner entrée that will bring comments of delight, here is a suggestion from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: Venison-pork meatloaf.

The list of ingredients is fairly lengthy, but all are common items. You’ll probably already have them on hand.

For a non-hunter, the mention of venison may bring forth an attitude of caution. It may be unfamiliar. This meatloaf could quickly change that opinion.

The addition of ground pork to ground venison brings forth a special taste in addition to eliminating the crumbing possibility of venison by itself. Venison is extremely lean; pork balances this.

Venison-Pork Meatloaf
3/4 cup packed torn bread pieces, crusts removed
1/3 cup milk, whole or 2 percent
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 cup finely chopped roasted red peppers
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds ground venison
1 pound ground pork
1/4 cup ketchup

Heat oven to 350 degrees and arrange a rack in the middle. Combine torn bread and milk in a small bowl; set aside. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. When oil shimmers, add celery, onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook about 4 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool slightly, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Add soaked bread, half of the roasted red peppers, eggs, Worcestershire, salt, mustard, and pepper to the vegetables and stir together until evenly combined. Add venison and pork and using clean hands mix until combined (don’t squeeze or overwork). .

Form meat into a loose loaf and transfer into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan (don’t press down). Mix together the remaining roasted red pepper and ketchup and brush it over the top. Place meatloaf in oven and bake about 1 to 1 1/2 hours until internal temperature is 150 degrees. Remove from oven and let sit 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.

This dish can be a feature at a cloth-napkin dinner at home, a campsite setting or a take-along for a picnic.

Courtesy- Arkansas Fish and Game Dept.

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SHARE THE HARVEST

The Share the Harvest program in Missouri provides a way for deer hunters to donate venison to the needy. This program is administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation. During the 2010 deer seasons, 5,731 hunters donated more than 305,643 pounds of venison.

Donating is easy. Hunters who want to participate simply take their deer to an approved meat processor and let the processor know how much venison they wish to donate. The processor will package the meat, which will be picked up by the local sponsoring organization and taken to a participating charitable agency for distribution.

The cost of processing the deer is the responsibility of the hunter. There are, however, funds available to help with processing cost when a whole deer is donated. The entire processing cost is paid by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and local sponsors during the urban zones portion of the firearms season for whole deer donations. Call your regional Department office for a list of participating processors. During all other portions and seasons, the Conservation Federation of Missouri administers a statewide program that directly reimburses the processor a predetermined amount for each whole deer donated. That allows the processor to reduce the processing fee to the hunter at the time of donation. In addition, many processors have local money available that allows the deer to be donated free or at greatly reduced cost. Be sure to contact individual processors to determine what funds are available at that particular location.

Statewide sponsors of the cost-reduction program include the Conservation Department, Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Missouri Chapter Whitetails Unlimited, Missouri Chapter Safari Club International, Missouri Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation, Drury Hotels, Enterprise Holdings Inc., Midway USA Inc., Missouri Deer Hunters Assoc., Pyramid Home Health Services and Wells Fargo Bank. To learn more about the program or to find out how your organization can become involved, contact the Conservation Department at 573-522-4115 or the Conservation Federation of Missouri at 573-634-2322.

Why Share the Harvest?

Many families and individuals have no dependable source of protein in their diets. Red meat can provide that important component. Deer is a valuable source of protein; but, unlike most red meat, it is unusually low in fat. Through Share the Harvest, Missouri hunters can help provide this part of the daily diet.

Who can get the meat?

Many people in Missouri can benefit from this program. Families or individuals simply have to contact a participating distributing agency; the agency will allocate the venison according to its supply.

How do hunters donate venison to the program?

It’s easy to donate. Hunters take their deer to an approved processing plant and simply tell the processor how much venison they wish to donate. The hunter has the option of donating a few pounds or the whole deer. There is no price reduction for partial donations. The processor then packages and stores the meat until it’s transported to a distributing agency by the coordinator. Agencies receiving venison will distribute it to ensure that all venison is used and is goes to where it serves the greatest need.

Price reduction program for whole-deer donations

If you donate a whole deer, the entire processing cost is paid by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and local sponsors during the urban zone portion of the firearms season for whole-deer donations. During all other portions and seasons, the Conservation Federation of Missouri administers a statewide program that directly reimburses the processor a predetermined amount for each whole deer donated. That allows the processor to reduce the processing fee to the hunter at the time of donation.

Additional funds, which may be available from local sources, can further reduce processing cost. In some instances the entire processing cost may be covered! This is especially true in those areas of high deer density where a reduction in the deer population is warranted. Contact your local processor for more information.

How can my organization get involved?

You can get involved as a member of almost any club or organization that would like to work with the Share the Harvest program. Sponsoring volunteer clubs are vital to this project. They provide promotion and manpower on a local level to a program that addresses the needy in their area. In addition many local groups provide additional funding to augment the moneys paid by the Conservation Federation on the donation of whole deer. Raising local funds greatly increases donations.

How to get Share the Harvest started in your area

  1. Clubs or organizations wishing to coordinate the Share the Harvest program in their area may contact a conservation agent in their county or the Conservation Department at the address on the back panel. Agencies that distribute venison also may fulfill the role of coordinator.
  2. Distributing agencies should be nonprofit charitable organizations. They must have proper storage for the meat and agree to distribute uncooked venison directly to families or individuals.
  3. The coordinator should locate a deer processor who agrees to participate in Share the Harvest. Processors also must be a government-inspected facility.
  4. Once agreements are made with coordinator, deer processors and distributing agencies, permission must be obtained from the Conservation Department to conduct a Share the Harvest program.
  5. After the local conservation agent approves the coordinator’s choice of meat processors and distributing agencies, the coordinator will receive written authorization and instructions.

Share the Harvest Guidelines

  1. Requests to participate in Share the Harvest should be submitted to the director of the Conservation Department through a local conservation agent. Requests must include names of participating meat processors and the distributing agency.
  2. Meat processors must be licensed by the Conservation Department to process deer and be subject to government health inspection, or be approved by the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Meat Inspection Program.
  3. State and local health regulations must be followed.
  4. A conservation agent must initially approve the coordinator, processors and distributing agency.
  5. Only venison from white-tailed deer legally taken in Missouri will be accepted.
  6. Donated venison must be processed at approved meat processing facilities.
  7. Records detailing number of donors, pounds of donated venison, and charitable recipient group must be kept by the coordinator, and submitted to the local conservation agent no later than Feb. 1.
  8. Donated venison must be stored and transported in department-provided plastic bags that display the Share the Harvest logo, or in approved containers clearly marked with Share the Harvest labels.
  9. Venison may not be served cooked by the distributing agency, and must be frozen at some time prior to being eaten.
  10. All donated venison must be distributed by May 1.
  11. Approval for participation is required annually.

If you want a successful Share the Harvest program:

Knowledgeable, enthusiastic processors are a vital key to a successful program. Likewise the coordinating organization needs to take an active role in promoting the program. Having volunteers available at deer processing plants during the firearms deer season to personally contact hunters, hand out literature and answer questions about the program will greatly increase donations. However, don’t interfere with the meat processor’s business.

For more information on the Share the Harvest program, contact:

Share the Harvest
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, M0 65102-0180
(573) 751-4115

Conservation Federation of Missouri
728 West Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 634-2322
http://www.confedmo.org

Sponsors

State-wide sponsors of the cost-reduction program include Missouri Department of Conservation, Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, William T. Kemper Foundation, Green Foundation, J.B. Reynolds Foundation, Missouri Chapter Whitetails Unlimited, Missouri Chapter Safari Club International, Missouri Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation and Drury Hotels.

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Elk-Viewing Route

To give you a chance to see some of Missouri’s first free-ranging elk in nearly 150 years, they’ve set up a self-guided driving tour at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

The route begins at the Peck Ranch office and is marked along the way.

Peck Ranch is located near Winona with entrances off both Route 19 and Route 60.

Peck Ranch is open sunrise to sunset seven days a week–except during managed deer hunts, fall firearms deer season and in the event roads are closed due to weather.

Tours Will be Closed for Deer Hunting on the Following Dates

  • Friday, October 7th, through Sunday, October 9th
  • Friday, November 4th, through Monday, November 7th
  • Thursday, November 10th, through Tuesday, November 22nd
  • Friday, December 2nd, through Sunday, December 4th.

Your best chances of seeing elk are the hours right after sunrise or right before sunset.

We can’t guarantee an elk sighting, but the tour is a beautiful drive though fields, forests and glades where you can also see deer and other wildlife.

Feel free to take photographs, and get out of your vehicle if needed for a better view, but please do not disturb elk or other wildlife in any way.

Note that the gravel roads on Peck Ranch may not be accessible to vehicles without adequate ground clearance, and some roads may also be impassible at times due to high water at stream crossings.

For more information on elk or other area wildlife, visit our Twin Pines Conservation Education Center located near Peck Ranch one mile east of Winona on Route 60, or call Twin Pines at 573-325-1381. Twin Pines is open Wednesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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Quail habitat, cost-sharing opportunities on agenda at Wildlife Habitat Field Day

FAYETTEVILLE – Improving quail habitat and managing forests for improved wildlife habitat and increased acorn production are among the topics on the agenda for the Sept. 29 Wildlife Field Day.

The event is being held at the Savoy Research Unit on County Road 845 near Fayetteville, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration is $15, which includes lunch and educational materials. Deadline to register is Sept. 23. For more information, contact Kyle Cunningham, 501-671-2145, kcunningham@uaex.edu, or Chris Stuhlinger, 870-460-1749, stuhlinger@uamont.edu.

“Participants can expect to learn about current management strategies for improving wildlife habitat on their lands,” said Cunningham, extension forestry instructor for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

On the agenda:

Improving Quail Habitat in Old Fields, Ruth Ann Gentry, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
How to Identify Desirable Grasses, Chuck West, U of A Division of Agriculture
How to Identify Desirable Herbaceous Plants, Jon Barry, U of A Division of Agriculture
Acorn Production for Wildlife, and Variable Retention Thinning of Woodlands for Wildlife, Kyle Cunningham, U of A Division of Agriculture
Cost-share Opportunities for Wildlife Practices, Ruth Ann Gentry, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Vans will take participants to field tour locations. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking in the woods. Agenda is subject to change in case of inclement weather.

The Savoy Research Unit entrance is located at the UA Animal Science Unit (Beef Farm) gate on County Road 845 about 1.3 miles west of County Road 31 in Washington County. Take Hwy. 16 (Wedington Dr.) about 5 miles west of I-540 exit #64 and turn north on CR 31. Or take Hwy 412 (de Tonti Blvd.) about 5 miles west of I-540 exit #72 and turn south on CR 31 (Harmon Rd.).

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Crow hunting can be a fun tuneup for shotgunners

LITTLE ROCK – Crows – they are everywhere in Arkansas, they are extremely plentiful, and they offer hunting opportunities on both public and private land.

Another factor with crow hunting is the birds are a challenge, every bit as demanding of hunter skills as ducks, doves and other birds.

Most farmers regard crows as pests, so this can be a tip for finding a place to hunt them. Ask a farmer or other landowner for permission. You don’t even need to offer a share of what you take. Very few people will welcome a gift of a mess of crows.

Crow hunting dates are set by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission but under federal parameters since the birds are classed as migratory. Crow season opened Sept. 3 and will run through Feb. 24, but hunting is five days a week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.

Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. There is no limit on crows.

Crows may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open. Crows may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot. Crows may not be hunted over bait.

Electronic callers are allowed, and these are regarded as necessities by many experienced crow seekers.

Arkansas crow hunters fall into two general categories. One is people wanting to hone their skills in the off season. The other is people who find it an enjoyable and different game from other types of hunting.

Any type shotgun works for crows, and they don’t have to be plugged to a 3-round maximum. Some crow hunters go for medium chokes since shooting can be anywhere from very close to way out there. No. 7 ½ shot is a popular choice, and No. 8 works well also.

Calls, electronic or hand-blown, are used and you’ll find a few Arkansans who can simply imitate a crow with mouth only.

Decoys are suggested – two to a half-dozen crow decoys and perhaps an imitation great horned owl, a traditional enemy of crows. Put the decoy owl on a fence post or a branch of a tree with decoy crows nearby, and you may not have to call if crows are in the vicinity.

Finding a crow roost is a major plus. The birds are habitual, using the same paths to and from the roost. Set up near this route, put out the decoys and hide well then wait.

In the crows’ favor, though, are their extreme wariness and excellent eyesight. Some hunters regard crows as highly intelligent. Fool them once, and they’re gone for the day is a common belief. Some hunters shoot into a group of crows, see the survivors leave then they stay put and wait for a new group to show up. Other hunters will change locations after a flurry of shooting at one bunch.

With electronic callers, the sound volume can be controlled from soft to extremely loud. A common technique is to set up with decoys and a blind or other concealment, wait a few minutes then call at high volume. When crows are seen in the distance, back off on the sound, lowering it to a normal crow sound.

Crows may also respond to injured rabbit calls. If you have an owl decoy, don’t bother with trying to do an owl call, hunters advise. Just the sight of the owl is enough to get the birds stirred up and coming in. A lone crow may come to the call first. This is a scout. Hunters suggest not shooting the first arrival but letting the main group get within range.

Full camouflage is vital for crow hunters. Some believe crow hunting requires as serious attention to camouflage as turkey hunting does.

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Physics Lessons for Quail Managers

Hang around quail managers for very long, and you’ll probably hear someone talk about improving that field corner where we always get up some birds, or something along those lines. But is that really the best use of our limited time and dollars? To really boost populations, you’d do better to blow the dust off that old physics textbook in your garage.

Albert Einstein, Quail Manager

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity involves the concepts of space and time. These concepts have important implications for quail managers as well. Noted quail researcher Dr. Fred Guthery discussed a “usable space philosophy” in a 1997 Journal of Wildlife Management article. By reviewing the scientific literature for methods that consistently increased bobwhite populations, Dr. Guthery found that the only way managers achieved this goal was to create more habitat (space) available more often (time). Quail populations fluctuate according to the habitat space-time available to them. Limit one or both of these variables and you limit the population potential of the quail. Conversely, when we provide quail with the most space, available over the most time, we have provided all we can. Quail populations reach their highest potential when every acre is usable every day of the year.

Are you a housing developer or just a remodeler?

If physics isn’t your thing, maybe you’re handy with a hammer. The key to building quail populations is not to keep tinkering with the areas where they already occur (remodeling, if you will). Rather, you need to create more areas where they can live (build new houses). If quail already inhabit an area, that’s not the place to focus your efforts. Doing work there won’t produce more quail by “making it better”. If it’s suitable, quail will live there. If it’s not, they won’t. This is exactly why many programs aimed at boosting quail populations often fail. Food plots don’t help when quail already have plenty to eat, but not enough places to nest. Warm season grasses don’t help when brushy cover or the amount of bare ground is limiting. Everyone talks about quail as being an edge species, and to an extent they are. But creating more edge between habitat types is redundant if they already have enough. To be more successful managing quail on your farm, look for ways to increase the amount of space they can use for the most days of the year.
posted From Mo. Dept of Conservation

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Mountain lion photographed in Oregon County

ALTON, Mo – A landowner’s trail camera has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Oregon County. The camera image, which was of the back-portion of a mountain lion, was sent to Conservation Agent Brad Hadley on Aug. 29. Hadley forwarded the image on to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Mountain Lion Response Team. The image was taken on August 23 on private land near the Eleven Point River northeast of Alton. Conservation agents Hadley and Paul Veatch visited the site on Aug 29 and confirmed the location of the image.

MDC Biologist Jeff Beringer, who is a member of the Response Team, says that widely scattered mountain lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue. Evidence to date indicates these animals are dispersing from other states to the west of Missouri. The most extreme evidence of this dispersal occurred earlier this year when a mountain lion that was killed in Connecticut was genetically traced to South Dakota.

MDC has no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri.

MDC receives many reports each year from people who believe they have seen mountain lions.

“We encourage these reports, but we can only confirm those for which there is physical evidence such as hair, scat, footprints, photos, video, a dead cougar or prey showing evidence of mountain-lion attack,” says Beringer.

Reports of sightings can be sent to mountain.lion@mdc.mo.gov, or by contacting Beringer at 573-882-9909, ext. 3211, Rex Martensen at 573-522-4115, ext. 3147, or Shawn Gruber at 573-522-4115, ext. 3262.

Mountain lions are naturally shy of humans and generally pose little danger to people, even in states with thriving breeding populations. Although they are protected by law, Missouri’s Wildlife Code does allow people to protect themselves and their property if necessary.

For more information, visit www.missouriconservation.org and search “mountain lion

PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSOURI DEPT OF CONSERVATION

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Fall Turkey Hunting

Fall Turkey Hunting

Fall turkey hunting (archery and firearms) is very different from the spring hunt. During the fall, there is little or no gobbling activity and gobblers are in small flocks (three to 10 birds), while hens and young of the year are together in large flocks (10 to 20 birds). It is not unusual to find two to three hens together with all their young.

The basic strategy for fall turkey hunting is to find and break up a flock, scattering them in all directions. Then locate yourself as near as possible to the spot where you broke up the flock and wait 15 minutes. Gobblers can be called back by using clucks and coarse yelps. Hens and young birds can be called back using hen yelps and/or “kee-kee” run calls. Young birds usually will return within an hour, while an old gobbler may take three to four hours. Hens and their young tend to vocalize a lot as they return. Old gobblers tend to return silently.

Identifying Fall Turkeys

Fall turkey hunting can be an extremely enjoyable experience. The sounds and sight of 20 or 30 turkeys returning to you from all directions can be as exciting as calling in a spring gobbler. However, the fall firearms turkey season has the potential to be more dangerous than the spring because either sex may be hunted. Therefore, less emphasis is put on positive identification. Remember to follow the basic rules of safe turkey hunting.

An orange alert band, wrapped around the bird to keep its wings from flopping, helps make your walk out safer. If you don’t want to make or purchase an alert band, try using an orange hunting vest. A little precaution may keep your bird from being shot a second time–and you with it!

 

Mo Dept of Conservation

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Applications open Sept. 1 for waterfowl hunting reservations

JEFFERSON CITY– Missourians who want to hunt ducks or geese on most wetland areas managed by the Conservation Department can start applying for reservations Sept. 1. Those who want to hunt at the three areas under the Quick Draw reservation system will enter the drawing closer to their hunt dates. All applications will be handled online again this year.

Hunters have from Sept. 1 through 15 to apply for waterfowl hunting reservations at Conservation Department-managed wetland areas. MDC will accept applications exclusively online again this year. You can apply for reservations at 12 wetland areas at http://www.mdc.mo.gov/node/9638. Drawing results will be available Oct. 1 at http://www.mdc.mo.gov/node/9632.

Drawings for Eagle Bluffs, Grand Pass and Otter Slough conservation areas will be handled under the Quick Draw system again this year. For those three areas, a drawing on Monday of each week will assign hunting slots for the following Friday through Monday. A Quick Draw each Thursday will assign slots for the following Tuesday through Thursday.

Whether applying through the traditional reservation system or Quick Draw, applicants need the nine-digit identification number found at the top of their hunting or fishing permit. The number also is next to the bar code on Conservation Heritage Cards.

To apply for reservations under Quick Draw, hunters over age 15 and under age 65 need a small-game hunting and a migratory bird permit. Hunters under age 16 only need a Conservation Identification Number.

Disabled hunters may apply for ADA blinds through Quick Draw. For non-Quick Draw areas, hunters may apply by calling the area office on or after Oct. 3. Hunters wishing to use an ADA blind must submit a physician’s statement of eligibility. For more information, visit http://www.mdc.mo.gov/node/9631.

Quick Draw applications will close at 3 p.m. the day of the draw. Results will be posted at the Quick Draw website at 12:01 a.m. the following day. Successful applicants who provide email addresses will receive notice of their reservation and of their order in the morning lineup to select hunting spots. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified, but can check draw results online.

Neither Quick Draw nor the traditional system allows nonresidents to apply for reservations. However, resident hunters who draw reservations can include nonresidents in their hunting parties. Nonresidents also can take part in the daily, on-site “poor-line” drawings under both systems.

Up to three additional people can hunt with someone who receives a reservation through Quick Draw. If four people want to hunt together, it makes sense for all four to apply, since each has an equal chance of being drawn.

Hunters who fail to use reservations are not penalized under either reservation system. Unclaimed reservations are added to those available in the “poor line,” where hunters without reservations can draw for a chance to hunt.

Quick Draw determines reservation holders’ place in line for selecting hunting spots. To give “poor line” hunters an equal chance at the best hunting spots, Quick Draw divides the selection process into tiers of five spots each. In each tier, one spot is reserved for poor-line hunters. Quick Draw includes reservations for handicap-accessible blinds.

Hunters may apply for reservations at only one Quick Draw area per day. However, there is no limit on the number of days you can apply. If you submit an application and change your mind about where you want to hunt, you can change your application up to the time of the drawing.

Most MDC-managed wetland areas are in good condition. However, some areas, including Bob Brown and Ten Mile Pond CAs, will have reduced food and cover because of flooding earlier in the year. Reports on hunting conditions at wetland areas will be available this fall at www.missouriconservation.org.

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