JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Conservation plans to hold workshops statewide to gather hunters’ ideas about the timing of duck season and where waterfowl hunting zone boundaries should be located.
Because ducks and other waterfowl migrate across state and international boundaries, ultimate responsibility for their management rests with federal officials. Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes frameworks for season length and bag limits. Waterfowl population surveys provide the basis for setting frameworks that are either liberal, moderate or restrictive. States set their regulations within the federal frameworks.
Every five years, states have the opportunity to adjust existing duck zones or consider fewer zones with a split in each zone where a break occurs at some point during the season. These decisions are based on previous years’ experience and on hunters preferences.
This year, MDC will consider duck season dates and zone boundaries for the 2011 through 2015 hunting seasons. The agency has scheduled 15 workshops around the state in March and April to learn how hunters feel about duck season dates and hunting zones that have been in place for the past five years and what they would like to see for the next five years.
Duck Season Dates and Zone Boundaries Workshops will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates and locations. Additional details are available by calling the number listed for each workshop. Those meetings set for the Southeast region of Missouri include:
• St. Charles: March 10 at Stegton Regency Banquet Center, 1450 Wall St., 636-441-4554. (Preregistration is required.)
• Jackson: March 22 at Knights of Columbus Hall, 3305 N. High (also known as Hwy 61 between Jackson and Fruitland), 573-290-5730.
• Dexter: March 23 at the National Guard Armory, Hwy 114 East near airport, 573-290- 5730.
• Kennett: March 24 at the Justice Center, corner of the North Bypass (also called Ely) and Floyd St., 573-290-5730.