Quick Draw Set for Second Year of Testing in Missouri

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Hunters who pursue waterfowl at Grand Pass, Eagle Bluffs and Otter Slough conservation areas (CAs) will find the Quick Draw reservation system in effect there again this year. Procedures for Quick Draw and reservations at other wetlands managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) remain unchanged.

MDC tested Quick Draw for the first time during the 2010-2011 hunting season. The system is designed to make hunting at state-owned wetlands more convenient and accessible to more hunters. Results from the first year under Quick Draw were mixed. MDC is continuing the test this year to obtain more information about how the system works under differing weather conditions and as hunters grow more familiar with the system.

Hunters will be able to register for the first drawing at Grand Pass CA starting at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 21 and closing at 3 p.m. Oct. 24. The initial registration period for hunting at Eagle Bluffs and Otter Slough CAs opens at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 28 and closes at 3 p.m. Oct. 31.

The Quick Draw registration form, drawing results and detailed information about the system are available at mdc.mo.gov/node/10272. Successful applicants who provide email contact information can receive notification of Quick Draw results at 8 p.m. the day of the drawing. Results are available online at 12:01 a.m. the morning following the drawing.

After the initial drawing in each zone, applications will be open from 12:01 a.m. Friday through 3 p.m. Monday for reservations on the following Friday through Monday. Applications will be open from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday through 3 p.m. Thursday for reservations the following Tuesday through Friday.

All three areas under Quick Draw will use the system to assign ADA-accessible blinds. The trial will not affect hunts during the youth waterfowl season, which will be handled as in the past.

The traditional waterfowl hunting reservation system is in effect at 10 of MDC’s 12 other managed wetland areas. The application deadline for that system is past. Results are available at mdc.mo.gov/node/9632.

Bob Brown CA was excluded from reservation drawings this year due to flood damage. The area will be open to hunting with limited access and very limited prospects for success. Ongoing wetland renovation work also kept Duck Creek CA out of the reservation drawing this year. Hunting opportunities in Pools 2, 3 and 8 will be assigned through a morning drawing each day of the season.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  Here is what i found on the

 

Here is what i found on the quick draw...

"In 2010, the Missouri Department of Conservation implemented a new, web-based pilot draw system for waterfowl hunters on three (3) of the Department’s 15 conservation areas that offer managed waterfowl hunting.

Called Quick Draw, MDC conducts this Internet-based draw system twice a week during the waterfowl season to allocate hunting opportunities at the three pilot conservation areas: Eagle Bluffs, Grand Pass and Otter Slough. The three pilot areas still offer poor-line opportunities.

The remaining 12 conservation areas offering managed waterfowl hunting remain under the existing reservation system.

Numerous studies have shown that a major reason people don't participate in hunting and other outdoor activities is a lack of time. Quick Draw saves hunters travel time by letting them know whether they have been drawn for an available hunting spot before driving to one of the three pilot areas."

I think it is a good way of getting more hunters out.

 

numbnutz's picture

So is this a draw system for

So is this a draw system for waterfowl hunting? If it is I'm just assuming it's to give hunter a chance to hunt certain wetlands. This seems kind of weird to me. I don't fowl hunt but I think it may work out here. There isn't very many place to hunt close to where I live and if your not camped outat one of the spots then your not hunting unless you like sitting on someone elses lap. I could see how this proge=ram would get mixed results. The hunters who daw are probably happy and the ones that don't are probably a bit upset about it. But hey thats a draw system. I wonder how this will work out long term or if it even makes it to a long term solution. I'll have to look into this more and see if I'm right or just completely wrong.