Saturday, May 15, 2010

Conservation Commission action

Conservation Action

April 2010 Meeting of the Missouri Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission met April 15 and 16 at Missouri Department of Conservation headquarters in Jefferson City.

Commissioners present were:

William F. “Chip” McGeehan, Marshfield,

Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass,

Don R. Johnson, Festus,

Don C. Bedell, Sikeston



REGULATIONS

The Commission:

· Approved 2010-2011 deer and fall turkey season dates. Season lengths and limits remain unchanged from the 2009-2010 season.

o Archery Deer & Turkey Season Sept. 15 - Nov. 12

Nov. 24 - Jan. 15, 2011

o Firearms Deer Season

§ Urban Zone Portion Oct, 8 - 11

§ Early Youth Portion Oct. 30 - 31

§ Late Youth Portion Jan. 1 and 2, 2011

§ November Portion Nov. 13 - 23

§ Antlerless Portion Nov. 24 - Dec. 5

§ Muzzleloader Portion Dec. 18 - 28

· Approved managed deer hunts for 2010-2011.

· Approved conservation area (CA) deer-hunting regulations.

· Approved the atlatl as a method to take deer during all portions of the 2010 firearms

· deer season except the muzzleloader portion.

· Added Gasconade and Osage counties to the area where unlimited firearms antlerless deer permits are available and where hunting is allowed during the antlerless portion of firearms deer season.

· Approved changes to deer hunting regulations on specific areas, including:

o Goodman Towersite – Changed from statewide to archery-only deer-hunting regulations to address safety concerns.

o Potosi Towersite – Closing the area to deer hunting, since it is not open to the public.

o Franklin Island CA – Changed from statewide regulations to archery and muzzleloader deer methods only to reduce pressure on the heavily hunted deer population.

o St. Stanislaus CA – Changed from managed hunt format to archery methods only to increase hunter opportunity. Daily permits available online and at local CA offices.

o Mussel Fork CA – Changed from bucks-only to statewide regulations in response to the discovery of CWD in a captive white-tailed deer from an adjacent high-fence, private-ranch operation. Allowing hunters to take deer for testing in the future rather than through MDC harvesting is desirable. An initial population reduction that would likely occur under a statewide regulation is also an appropriate CWD management strategy, at least until it is determined if, and to what extent, CWD occurs in free-ranging deer.

o Horseshoe Bend and Piney River Narrows Natural Areas – Changed from statewide to archery-only regulations for safety reasons.

o Neosho Towersite – Changed to archery methods only.

o Shelton Memorial CA – Changed from no deer hunting to archery and muzzleloader methods only.



ADMINISTRATIVE

The Commission:

· Received presentations from:

o James Gordon Lattimore, Mississippi Valley Retriever Club, Defiance, regarding retriever sports and activities.

o Federal Aid Coordinator Dan Zekor regarding Federal Aid and Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs.

o Agricultural Programs Coordinator John Knudson regarding Forest, Fish and Wildlife Funding for Private Landowners.

· Approved the advertisement and sale of an estimated 1,070,000 board feet of timber on 610 acres of Compartments 45 and 46 at Rocky Creek CA in Shannon County.

· Suspended hunting and/or fishing privileges of 23 Missouri residents and two nonresidents for Wildlife Code violations and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts suspending privileges of three Missouri residents. Those whose privileges were suspended are:

o Ronald L. Abbott, Doniphan, all sport privileges, 1 year
o John W. Barnwell, Rolla, all sport privileges, 3 years
o Joshua E. Brenner, Columbia, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Christopher R. Cartmill, Buckner, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Charles A. Clinton, Barnhart, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Timothy E. Cox, New London, hunting and fishing, until Jan. 27, 2012
o Brett A Dawkins, Breckenridge, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Travis J. Dority, Edwards, all sport privileges, 2 additional years
o Austin C. Fowler, Jackson, all sport privileges, 3 years
o David B. Hand, Eldon, all sport privileges, 3 years
o Donald J. Heming, Hamburg, Iowa, all sport privileges, 6 months
o Jeremy L. Henry, Mansfield, all sport privileges, 6 years
o Steven W. Howell, Kahoka, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Daniel J. Lawson, Mountain Grove, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Jason M. Ledford, Bolivar, all sport privileges, 2 additional years
o Gregory F. Mathis, Dixon, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Royce A. Miller, New London, hunting and fishing, until Dec. 23, 2010
o Nicholas S. Rogers, Winter Haven, Fla., all sport privileges, 1 year
o Kaleb A. Shrable, Caulfield, all sport privileges, 1 year
o John E. Soles, Windsor, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Jess V. Stasiak, Jr., Bland, firearms hunting, until Jan. 27, 2011.
o Brandon M. Steiner, Maysville, all sport privileges, 6 months
o Shane A. Stewart, Mansfield, all sport privileges, 6 years
o Justin D. Strunk,. Cabool, all sport privileges, 3 years
o Cody R. Tannehill, St. Joseph, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Chad R. Taylor, Macks Creek, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Timothy J. Terbrock, Linn Creek, all sport privileges, 1 year
o Jeremy R. Williams, Lynchburg, all sport privileges, 3 years

· Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 232 people who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.

· Suspended the hunting and fishing privileges of three Missouri residents and 274 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

· Imposed a hunting privilege suspension of one year 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 its next regular meeting for May 27 and 28 in Jefferson City.

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