Missouri Increases Permit Fees for 2009

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At its September meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved price increases for most hunting and fishing permits and created a new permit for hunters who pursue snow geese and other "light geese" during the federally mandated Light Goose Conservation Action.

The increases – the first for Missouri resident hunting and fishing permits in five years – will go into effect March 1, 2009. Conservation officials said the increases are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index, cost comparisons with surrounding states and citizen comments received during public deer meetings in 2008.

"We want to keep resident permit prices as reasonable as possible," said Conservation Department Director John Hoskins. "When compared with other states, our prices tend to be in the middle to lower end of the scale."

Besides the general cost of doing business reflected in the Consumer Price Index, Hoskins said new programs and enhanced services also add to the cost of conservation programs. These services include expanded youth education, dove-field management, winter fish stocking and assistance to private landowners.

Permits included in the increases are:

  • • Resident Hunting and Fishing, from $19 to $22
  • • Resident Fishing, from $12 to $14
  • • Daily Fishing, from $7 to $7.50
  • • Nonresident Fishing, from $40 to $42
  • • Trout fishing, from $7 to $10
  • • Resident Small-Game Hunting, from $10 to $12
  • • Resident Fur Handler, from $10 to $11
  • • Resident Trapping, from $10 to $14
  • • Cable Restraint, from $10 to $10.50
  • • Nonresident Furbearer Hunting/Trapping, from $120 to $130
  • • Nonresident Small-Game Hunting, from $75 to $80
  • • Daily Small-Game Hunting, from $11 to $20
  • • Migratory Bird, from $6 to $8
  • • Replacement Permit, from $2 to $3
  • • Resident Spring Turkey, from $17 to $20
  • • Resident Fall Turkey, from $13 to $15
  • • Nonresident Spring Turkey, from $175 to $190
  • • Nonresident Fall Turkey, from $105 to $110
  • • Resident Archer's Deer/Turkey, from $19 to $23
  • • Resident Firearms Antlerless, from $7 to $10
  • • Resident Firearms Deer Hunting, from $17 to $20
  • • Resident Managed Deer Hunt, from $17 to $20
  • • Nonresident Firearms Deer Hunting, from $175 to $225
  • • Nonresident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting, from $7 to $25
  • • Nonresident Archer’s Hunting, from $150 to $225
  • • Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting, from $175 to $225
  • • Resident Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting, from $7 to $10
  • • Nonresident Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting, from $7 to $25

Effective July 1, 2009, the Conservation Commission created a Resident ($5) and Nonresident ($40) Conservation Order permits for hunting light geese during the Light Goose Conservation Action. The extended season and liberalized harvest regulations for light geese is designed to reduce overpopulation that is causing ecological damage to the birds’ tundra habitat.

Hoskins said Missouri hunting and fishing permits are relatively inexpensive when compared to other recreational expenses. A Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit, which will cost $20 next year, is the same price as one bleacher seat at a Cardinals or Royals baseball game. A Resident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit, which will cost $10 in 2009, is less than a ticket and refreshments for a first-run movie.

For a comparison of Missouri's hunting and fishing permit prices and those of neighboring states, see www.mdc.mo.gov/18487, pages 65 through 69.