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Proposed Regulation Changes

The Missouri Department of Conservation follows the Secretary of State’s established process for making changes to the Code of State Regulations. This process calls for state agencies to conduct a 30-day public comment period for each proposed rule, amendment, or rescission and to consider those comments prior to filing a final order of rulemaking.

Only those comments received during the formal public comment period will be reported to the Secretary of State.

Proposed regulations pertaining to the 10-year deer management plan and chronic wasting disease management are anticipated to be posted in mid-September.

3 CSR 10- 1.010: Organization and Methods of Operation

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Summary: This amendment updates the department’s organizational structure to reflect recent changes and removes a reference to a program that was discontinued in 2012.

3 CSR 10- 2.010: Requirements for Managing Forest Crop Lands Classified Before December 1974

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Summary: This rule is being rescinded because lands classified prior to 1974 had a twenty-five (25) year enrollment and have since either been declassified or renewed under section 3 CSR 10-2.020.

3 CSR 10- 2.020: Classification and Requirements of Forest Crop Lands After December 1974

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Summary: This amendment enhances the commission’s ability to classify forest croplands by increasing the value of the land eligible for classification bringing program guidelines into closer alignment with current property values, increasing the sum paid by the commission to counties in-lieu of taxes for classified forest croplands, and setting a fifteen (15) year minimum enrollment period for the program. Classified forest croplands will be administered under a program to be known as Missouri Managed Woods. The title of the chapter more accurately reflects program goals.

3 CSR 10- 7.410: Hunting Methods

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Summary: This amendment removes unnecessary verbiage to simplify the rule.

3 CSR 10- 7.433: Deer: Firearms Hunting Seasons

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Summary:   This amendment removes unnecessary verbiage to simplify the rule.

3 CSR 10- 7.455: Turkeys: Seasons, Methods, Limits

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Summary: This amendment removes unnecessary verbiage to simplify the rule.

3 CSR 10-11.110: General Provisions

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Summary: This amendment prohibits the taking of feral livestock on lands owned or leased by the Department of Conservation and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section.

3 CSR 10-11.180: Hunting, General Provisions and Seasons

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Summary: This amendment expands the prohibition of the use or possession of lead shot to all of Black Island Conservation Area instead of only the Stephen C. Bradford Unit of the area.

3 CSR 10-12.101: Title; Authority

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Summary: This amendment clarifies that special regulations apply on certain private lands open to public access under a department-sponsored outdoor recreational access program.

3 CSR 10-12.125: Hunting and Trapping

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Summary: This amendment deletes out-of-date regulations for Mingo National Wildlife Refuge to ensure consistency with other federal wildlife refuges across the state and prohibits the taking of feral livestock on lands owned or leased by the Department of Conservation.

3 CSR 10-12.130: Fishing, General Provisions and Seasons

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Summary: This amendment deletes out-of-date regulations for Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section.

3 CSR 10-12.135: Fishing, Methods

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Summary: This amendment will allow carp, buffalo, suckers, and gar to be taken by atlatl, gig, bow, or crossbow during statewide seasons at Milan (Elmwood Lake), creates bait restrictions for one (1) new winter trout fishery in Perry County (Legion Lake 1), and removes out-of-date regulations for Mingo National Wildlife Refuge to ensure consistency with otherfederal wildlife refuges across the state.

3 CSR 10-12.160: Outdoor Recreational Access Program

Summary: This rule specifies public access options for landowners enrolled in a department-sponsored outdoor recreational access program and prohibits uses other than those specifically authorized by the landowner.

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