JEFFERSON CITY -- If you have ever wished you could hunt deer in a state park, a national wildlife refuge or a nature preserve, now is your chance. Pick up a phone or go online and apply for a spot in one of the 85 managed deer hunts administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation this fall.
Applications for the hunts opened July 1 and will remain open through Aug. 15. You can apply by calling 800-829-2956. The service is available from 4 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. You need a touch-tone phone to apply by telephone. However, there is no need for lots of button punching.
The Conservation Department's interactive voice response (IVR) system allows you to speak your responses to a series of questions.
To complete the application process, you need your conservation identification number. You can find this on previous permits or on your Conservation Heritage Card.
If you don't have a conservation identification number, call 573-751-4115 and one will be assigned to you.
The other option is to log onto http://www.mdc.mo.gov/cgi-bin/mgm-deer/s.... Everything you need, other than your Conservation Heritage Card number, is there.
All applications received by the Aug. 15 deadline get the same consideration. Successful applicants receive notices of their selection by mail. Hunters can check the status of their applications on the IVR system or the Conservation Department Web page after Sept. 11.
Only a resident or nonresident managed deer hunting permit is valid at a managed deer hunt. The number of deer that may be taken with a single permit depends on the hunt. In some, up to three deer may be taken, and in one hunt, four deer are allowed.
Full details about the hunts and applications are contained in the 2005 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Information booklet, which is available from permit vendors statewide. The same information is available online at www.missouriconservation.org.\"