July 1 An Important Date For Fall Hunters

If you’re a fall hunter like I am and you purchased your Missouri small-game hunting permit in early March, you may want to make additional permit purchases soon. Several permits become available for sale at permit vendors statewide as of next Wednesday, July 1st. This is your reminder to purchase needed permits while you’re thinking about it, so you don’t get caught up in the rush of procrastinators this fall.

The Migratory Bird Hunting Permit ($6) is required for persons hunting doves, woodcock, snipe, rails, teal and other waterfowl. The opening day of dove season, Sept. 1, 2009, always garners a large turnout of hunters. You don’t want to be standing in line at the permit vendor the night before when you could be at home hunting for your shotgun shells, stool and camouflaged clothes. This year the daily limit for doves is 15, up from the 12-bird limit of recent years.

Teal and other waterfowl hunters will also need a federal duck stamp ($15). These should be available in early July at post offices and at some permit vendors. The Conservation Department’s “Migratory Bird Hunting Digest 2009″ will be online in early July with hard copies available at permit vendors in early August.

Deer and fall turkey hunting permits also become available on July 1. Permit prices for Missouri residents are unchanged from last year, but non-resident prices have seen increases. The “2009 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information” booklet will be available at vendors in early July. It’s a must-read for Missouri deer hunters, especially those planning hunts on areas owned or managed by the Conservation Department. A table in the back details available deer and turkey hunting opportunities on more than 500 conservation areas statewide.

Instead of just dreaming of cooler weather and the return of hunting seasons this fall, take steps in early July toward getting yourself ready for September hunting.

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