Saturday, March 8, 2014

Missouri Conservation commission expands pheasant season

By Margaret Slayton St. Joseph News-Press |

Change is on the way for Missouri’s upland bird hunters.

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved a regulation proposal this week that expanded the pheasant hunting season statewide and voiced support for a long-term quail research project under way in the southwest portion of the state.

Pheasant hunters can bag the bird in any county of Missouri starting in November 2015, according to MDC Deputy Director Tom Draper.

Under the current regulations that will remain in effect for the 2014 hunting season, hunters are restricted to counties across northern Missouri and to four counties in southeast Missouri. The north hunting zone opens on Nov. 1 and closes Jan. 15 with a daily bag limit of two and a possession limit of four. The southeast region begins on Dec. 1 and ends on Dec. 12 with a daily bag limit of one and a possession limit of one.

Draper said beginning in 2015 the statewide hunting season will match the north zone hunting regulations.

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