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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2008

CONTACT: Joe Jerek, 573-522-4115, ext. 3362, [email protected]

Lorna Domke, 573-522-4115, ext. 3235, [email protected]

Conservation Commission Addresses Permit Restructuring

JEFFERSON CITY (MO) â€" At its December 19 meeting in Jefferson City , the

Missouri Conservation Commission discussed changes to the structure and pricing of hunting, fishing and trapping permits as proposed by the Commission in September.

Public input, according to the Commission, has again proven to be an essential component of regulation development. Following the recent public comment period on proposed permit changes, several recommendations included in the original package have been sidelined or modified.

“We have a rich history of being a citizen-led and citizen-driven Conservation Department,†said Commission Chairman Chip McGeehan. “Citizen involvement and trust are essential parts of conservation success in our state, and we thank the many Missourians who have shared their opinions on the proposed permit changes. We will continue to seek points of view from all of our stakeholders, listen, and respond in ways that best protect Missouri ’s resources and serve all Missourians.â€

The proposed 80-acre resident landowner requirement was stopped. After taking into consideration the severe economic downturn affecting Missouri ’s citizens, and in response to public comments, the Commission decided to end advancement of the proposed recommendations to, (1) increase the resident landowner acreage requirement for no-cost deer and turkey permits from 5 to 80 acres, and (2) eliminate lessee privileges.

Conservation Department Director John Hoskins explained, “A growing number of Missourians are small-acreage landowners and many embrace wildlife management as a primary purpose for some if not all of their land. We support them, and all landowners, and recognize the many habitat benefits that result from landowner efforts. Private landowners have always been, and continue to be, a critical component of Missouri ’s successful wildlife management program. We will continue to seek input from all landowners regarding any additional changes that may affect them and will proactively seek landowner input prior to any future proposals regarding landowner permits.â€

In addition, the Commission stopped proposed resident permit price increases.

“Our economy is in much worse shape than it was when we first proposed the price increases,†explained Hoskins. “We are sensitive to the plight of our fellow Missourians during this unprecedented recession. The higher cost of living, increasing unemployment and general economic uncertainty are affecting us all. We hope that by eliminating these price increases, we can help Missouri hunters, trappers and anglers weather these difficult economic times.â€

The Commission also voiced support for ending advancement of the recommendation to establish a new senior “forever†permit. With this action, people over 65 years will continue to be able to hunt small game and fish for free in Missouri , with no permit required. As originally crafted, the “forever†permit seemed to confuse many citizens. The Department received considerable public comment on this particular issue.

The Commission continued to support the proposed recommendations regarding gathering basic essential landowner information consistent with past practices, but approved the delay of implementation from Fall 2009 to Spring 2010.

Through the Department’s existing point-of-sale permit system, landowners receiving no-cost deer and turkey permits provide their name, address, county and acreage of their land. The change envisioned would be consistent with a past requirement that simply adds collection of the legal description of their land, i.e.: township, section and range. Hoskins explained that the information will help to verify ownership. “It will be landowner friendly and simple,†he added.

Following public comments, the Commission expressed continued support for the recommendation to establish consistent Hunter Education and age requirements for all mentors. This recommendation simply establishes consistent requirements for all Missouri citizens.

In addition, the Commission continued to support the establishment of a standard minimum legal age of six years for obtaining deer and turkey permits, including for no-cost landowner permits.

The Commission remains focused on the priority of growing hunter and angler numbers in Missouri . As a result, the Commission voiced support to continue forward with the recommendation to simplify youth permits and slash the cost of deer, turkey and trout permits purchased for youth by 50%.

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must have something bigger up their sleeve:thinking:
 

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GOOD MOVE!!!! I guess they really do listen!!!
 

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:shrug: so...where is the MDC going to bring in the funds needed to support the great FREE programs for landowners uses now?

expect tree price increases in the future....at least
 

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Imagine that. Now, lets here from all they naysayers that MDC doesn't listen to their voice.
 

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Looks like they are also not going to increase resident permit prices.
 
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Hmmmmmmmm...................... I think that I told everyone that the MDC was not going to do this when it was brought up a few months back :thinking:

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Originally posted by pinwheel
Imagine that. Now, lets here from all they naysayers that MDC doesn't listen to their voice.
Dang Mr Whizz............. we never have members here that feel that way... DO WE??????? I thought this was just one happy. Can't We Just ALL get along" club here.......... :stirpot::stirpot::rof2::rof2::scared:
 

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So...what are you going to do?

with the extra 20 dollars a year saved on the tag increase not going through?

me, i can finaly make that vacation to the bahamas I've always wanted:hysterical:
 

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Originally posted by mrb
Originally posted by pinwheel
Imagine that. Now, lets here from all they naysayers that MDC doesn't listen to their voice.
Dang Mr Whizz............. we never have members here that feel that way... DO WE??????? I thought this was just one happy. Can't We Just ALL get along" club here.......... :stirpot::stirpot::rof2::rof2::scared:
:rof2::rof2::rof2::rof2: That one made me chuckle out loud.
 

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Originally posted by Jeremy
with the extra 20 dollars a year saved on the tag increase not going through?

me, i can finaly make that vacation to the bahamas I've always wanted:hysterical:
BUY A BOX OF AMMO
 

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Originally posted by mrb
Originally posted by pinwheel
Imagine that. Now, lets here from all they naysayers that MDC doesn't listen to their voice.
Dang Mr Whizz............. we never have members here that feel that way... DO WE??????? I thought this was just one happy. Can't We Just ALL get along" club here.......... :stirpot::stirpot::rof2::rof2::scared:
the only setion on this forum where everyone gets along shows some pretty good pictures.....dont hear any arguing on friday
 

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Originally posted by hillbilly
Originally posted by Jeremy
with the extra 20 dollars a year saved on the tag increase not going through?

me, i can finaly make that vacation to the bahamas I've always wanted:hysterical:
BUY A BOX OF AMMO
And more antlerless tags, so's we can KILL EM ALL!!!!:sniper:
 

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their ya go CJ no more whining......lol :peepwall::peepwall::peepwall:

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Oh young killer of crippled deer.....

You never really did READ any of my comments didya....

I only questioned it, and actually support getting rid of ALL land owner permits. Or, if you want to keep Land owner deer permits, make em all antlerless tags.......

I typically buy my tags anyway, so it really doesn't matter to me....:whistle: The only tag I don't buy, has been my rifle any deer tag, because I only hunt my property during rifle season.

I just hope that eliminating these fee increases, does't but MDC in a bind financially....

Now, you can get back to your pursuit of blind deer, and daydreaming about cummins..:hysterical::hysterical::hysterical:
 

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Now, you can get back to your pursuit of blind deer, and daydreaming about cummins..:hysterical::hysterical::hysterical:
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::whiteflag:
 
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