Missourians who hope to hunt ducks or geese on wetland areas managed by the Conservation Department can start applying for reservations Sept. 1.
The agency will accept applications for reservations on 15 managed wetland areas from Sept. 1-18. Hunters can apply by calling 800-829-2956 or by visiting www.mdc.mo.gov/7559. Applicants need the nine-digit identification number found at the top of their hunting or fishing permit. The number also is shown next to the bar code on Conservation Heritage Cards.
Drawing results will be available at the same phone number and Web site Oct. 2.
The "every member draws" procedure will be in effect at seven managed wetland areas again this year. The Conservation Department tested the system at Eagle Bluffs and Otter Slough Conservation Areas (CAs) during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 hunting seasons and found that it increases the number of people who get to hunt. "Every member draws" will be in effect at Bob Brown, Columbia Bottom, Eagle Bluffs, Grand Pass, Marais Temps Clair, Otter Slough and Ten-Mile Pond CAs.
The number of reservations available at Fountain Grove CA will be reduced this year due to construction.
Past applications to hunt at Little River CA have not justified taking reservations for this area, so it will be left out of the process again this year.
Hunting there will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunting is allowed only in designated areas as posted at the check-in parking lot. Hunters check themselves in and out.
Swan Lake has been removed from the reservation system, and hunting there will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Waterfowl hunting reservations are available only to Missouri residents.
Nonresidents can hunt on state-owned areas by hunting with a resident reservation holder or by taking part in daily morning drawings for unreserved hunting spots.
Hunters should check hunting conditions before applying for reservations.
Flooding has reduced or eliminated food crops that hold waterfowl on some wetland areas.
Flooding also has affected availability of blinds and access to hunting pools. For the latest report, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/15520.