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Conservation Action May 2013

A summary of the Missouri Conservation Commission May 2013 meeting

The Conservation Commission met May 30 and 31 at River Centre at The Landing, Van Buren. Commissioners present were:

  • Don C. Bedell, Sikeston, Chair
  • James T. Blair, IV, St. Louis, Vice Chair
  • Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass, Secretary
  • Don R. Johnson, Festus, Member

REGULATIONS

The Commission

Received a presentation from Resource Scientist Jason Sumners regarding Missouri’s Deer Population Status and deer-hunting seasons.

Voted to

  • Reduce the availability of firearms antlerless deer permits from any number to two per hunter in Atchison, Bates, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Dallas, Howard, Laclede, Ray, and Vernon counties and in the portions of Boone and Cass counties outside the Urban Deer Hunting Zones.
  • Shorten the deadline for managed deer hunt applications by two weeks to give hunters more time for pre-season scouting, starting in 2014.
  • Set deer and turkey hunting regulations for conservation areas. Details will be published in the 2013 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and at mdc.mo.gov.
  • Set managed deer hunts. Details will be published in the 2013 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and at mdc.mo.gov.

Received a presentation from Resource Scientist Doreen Mengel regarding 2013 Early Migratory Game Bird Season recommendations, and set the following hunting seasons:

  • Sora and Virginia rails: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days).
  • Wilson’s (common) snipe: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16 (107 days).
  • American woodcock: Oct. 15 through Nov. 28 (45 days).
  • Mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, and white-winged doves: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days).
  • Blue-winged teal (BWT), green-winged teal, and cinnamon teal:

Population status of blue-winged teal – the primary species harvested during Missouri’s September teal season – will not be known until late June. If the BWT breeding population index is below 3.3 million, the season will be closed. If the BWT breeding population index is at least 3.3 million but less than 4.7 million, the season will be Sept. 7 through 15 (nine days). If the BWT breeding population index is 4.7 million or greater, the season will be Sept. 7 through 22 (16 days).

The proposed early season frameworks, including teal season length and bag limits, will be announced in June. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering whether to offer states the option of increased possession limits for migratory game birds, and an increase in teal daily bag limits. The Conservation Commission approved alternative regulations to permit implementation of these changes if FWS makes them.

Approved the commercial sales of only northern crayfish (Orconectes virilis), also known as “virile” crayfish, from in-state sources for live bait, effective March 1, 2014.

ADMINISTRATION

The Commission

Received staff presentations from:

  • Resource Forester Michael Bill regarding Missouri Sustainable Forest Management Guidelines.
  • Outreach and Education Chief Jeff Cockerham regarding the Missouri Hunter Education Program.

Approved the Conservation Department’s Fiscal Year 2014 Internal Expenditure Plan.

Approved entering into a contract with L.F. Krupp Construction of Ellisville, for the construction of asphalt repairs in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Franklin counties, at a total estimated cost of $453,715.

Approved entering into a contract with URS Corporation of Overland Park, Kansas, for the design of the Fountain Grove CA Wetland Restoration – Phase II, in Livingston County, at a total estimated cost of $331,634.12.

Approved accepting the donation of approximately 13 acres in Shannon County as an addition to Sunklands CA.

Approved the purchase of 321 acres in Camden County as an addition to Toronto Springs CA. Partner contributions will cover 57 percent of acquisition costs.

Approved conveying approximately .28 acre of Busch Memorial CA in St. Charles County to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Approved the advertisement and sale of an estimated 1.1 million board feet of timber from 447 acres of Compartment 3 on Peck Ranch CA in Carter County.

Suspended hunting, fishing, and/or trapping privileges of six Missouri residents and one nonresident for Wildlife Code violations. Those whose privileges were suspended are:

  • Kyle Bailey, New Boston, hunting, five years
  • Kenneth E. Bartelt, Quincy, Ill., hunting and trapping, six months
  • Kenneth L. Freeman, Doniphan, hunting, three years
  • Terry R. Kalhorn, Annapolis, hunting, five years
  • Randy J. McGinnis, Lebanon, hunting, one year
  • Ira L. Whited, Ironton, hunting, one year
  • Patrick W. Wilburn, Bloomfield, hunting, six months

Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 184 people who are not in compliance with applicable child-support laws. Privileges suspended for noncompliance are reinstated once the Division of Child Support Enforcement notifies MDC that suspendees have come into compliance with the required laws.

Suspended privileges of 143 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

Imposed a hunting privilege suspension of five years for a Missouri resident who injured another person in a hunting incident. The hunter must complete a hunter-education training course before restoration of privileges.

Set the next regular Conservation Commission meeting for July 2 and 3 in Jefferson City

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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