Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Conservation Commission action

We received the following today from the Missouri Department of Conservation:


Missouri Conservation Commission

Conservation Action: May 2010

The Missouri Conservation Commission met May 27 at Prairie Star Farm in Bland and May 28 at Conservation Department Headquarters in Jefferson City. Commissioners present were:

William F. “Chip” McGeehan, Marshfield,

Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass,

Don R. Johnson, Festus,

REGULATIONS

The Commission:

· Approved the following 2010 early migratory bird hunting seasons and limits.

o Sora and Virginia rails: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days) with limits of 25* daily and in possession (*combined total for both species). Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o Wilson’s (common) snipe: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16 (107 days) with limits of 8 daily and 16 in possession. Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o American woodcock: Oct. 15 through Nov. 28 (45 days) with limits of 3 daily and 6 in possession. Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o Mourning doves, Eurasian collared-doves, and white-winged doves: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days) with limits of 15* daily and 30* in possession (*combined total for all three species). Shooting hours remain one-half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

o Blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon teal: The population status of the blue-winged teal, the primary species harvested in Missouri’s September teal season, will not be known until August. Therefore:

§ If the blue-winged teal (BWT) breeding population index is below 3.3 million birds, the season will be closed.

§ If the BWT breeding population index is at least 3.3 million but less than 4.7 million, a 9-day season is recommended of Sept. 11 through 19 with limits of 4 daily and 8 in possession and shooting hours of sunrise to sunset.

§ If the BWT breeding population index is 4.7 million or greater, a 16-day season is recommended of Sept. 11 through 26 with limits of 4 daily and 8 in possession and shooting hours of sunrise to sunset.

ADMINISTRATIVE

The Commission:

· Received presentations from:

o Forestry District Supervisor/FRAS Project Leader Gus Raeker regarding Missouri’s Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy (FRAS).

o Resource Science Division Survey Coordinator Ron Reitz regarding Integrating Human Dimensions into Conservation Policy.

o Hunter Education/Shooting Range Coordinator Tony Legg regarding Missouri’s Range Program.

· Received a report on the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation from MCHF Vice President Dave Murphy.

· Authorized entering into a contract with Verslues Construction Company, Inc., Jefferson City, for the construction of the Central Regional Office Project in Boone County at a total estimated cost of $6,175,100.

· Authorized entering into a contract with Wisch & Vaughn Construction, Jefferson City, for the construction of the workshop and storage buildings at the Charles W. Green Conservation Area located in Boone County at a total estimated cost of $591,960.

· Approved the Fiscal Year 2011 Internal Expenditure Plan.

· Approved the advertising and sale of an estimated 1.32 million board feet of timber located on 647 acres of Compartment 21, Sunklands Conservation Area in Shannon County, and an estimated 1.053-million board feet of timber located on 501 acres of Compartment 10, Angeline Conservation Area in Shannon County.

· Approved the acceptance from the estate of Thomas Francis McGee, Jr. the bequest of approximately 996 acres in Clinton County as a new conservation area to be named the McGee Family Conservation Area.

· Approved the acceptance from the estate of David D. Lewis the bequest of approximately 362 acres in Taney County as a new conservation area to be named the Lewis Family, Dean, Anna Mae, and David D. Lewis Memorial Conservation Area.

· Approved the purchase of approximately 2.3 acres in Pettis County as an addition to Bryson’s Hope Conservation Area.

· Approved the sale of approximately 7.3 acres of the Otter Slough Conservation Area in Stoddard County.

· Approved proposed responses to certain Resolutions adopted by the Conservation Federation of Missouri at its annual meeting Feb. 26-28, 2010.

· Approved suspension or revocation of hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges of 28 Missouri residents for Wildlife Code violations, and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts suspending or revoking privileges of four Missouri residents. Those whose privileges were suspended or revoked are:

o Jeffrey S. Blazer, Forest City, hunting, 1 year

o Thomas J. Bridgewater, Rich Hill, hunting, 6 months

o Richard A. Bryant, Platte City, hunting, 6 months

o Nathaniel L. Burk, Galena, all sport, 2.5 years

o Larry W. Cloud, Crane, hunting, 1 year

o Jacob D. Downey, Urbana, hunting, 1.5 years

o Garrett Green, Bethany, hunting, until 3/3/2012

o Tony R. Green, Moberly, all sport, 1 year

o Edgar T. Hall, Cole Camp, all sport, 1 year

o Harold T. Hancock, Tipton, all sport, 1 year

o Douglas L. Handley, Falcon, all sport, 3 years

o Christopher M. Harris, Doniphan, all sport, 1 year

o Randy A. Hargis, Pacific, hunting and fishing, until 1/20/2012

o Kile D. Kluck, Boonville, hunting and fishing, until 3/23/2012

o Calen B. Lamb, Smithville, all sport, 1 year

o Travis R. Lewis, Kirksville, all sport, 1 year

o Randall T. Miller, Springfield, all sport, 3 years

o Jacob N. Murrell, Bragg City, all sport, 1 year

o Brandon T. Neal, Caulfield, hunting, 1 year

o Jonathan D. Nunn, Fredericktown, all sport, 3 years

o Cullen G. Oldham, Sullivan, all sport, 1 year

o Jerry N. Powell, Puxico, hunting, 1 year

o Thomas J. Ryan, Sullivan, all sport, 1 year

o William A. Shelton, Stockton, all sport, 1 year

o Jason J. Simmons, Spokane, all sport, 1 year

o Kurtis J. Walker, Alton, all sport, 1 year

o Travis R. Warlen, Chilhowee, hunting and trapping, 2 years

o Patrick W. Wilburn, Dexter, all sport, 1 year

o Sheirif A. Williams, Mansfield, all sport, 1 year

o Eric L. Wilson, Crane, hunting, 1 year

o Dustin R. Winder, Springfield, all sport, 2 years

o Juvenile, New London, all sport, until 2/22/2011

· Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 186 people who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.

· Suspended the hunting, fishing and/or trapping privileges of one Missouri resident and 162 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

· Set its next regular meeting for July 15-16 in Cape Girardeau.

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