Missouri waterfowl hunting applications open this Friday

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 30 2017 Aug 30, 2017 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 4:07:00 PM CDT August 30, 2017 in News
By: Jacob Seus, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding hunters applications begin this Friday for waterfowl hunting. Applications will be open until September 18th to hunt on 12 wetland areas strictly managed by the MDC.

The MDC is anticipating many applications. The reservation system allocates half of the available hunting opportunities for Missouri residents through a random drawing.

Andy Raedeke is a resource scientist at the MDC and thinks this will be a very competitive year for waterfowl hunting.

“We are going to get lots of applications,” Raedeke said. “I would say it will be ranging from only 15 to 30 percent of folks who apply will be rewarded a hunt.”

 Raedeke recommends hunters go to the MDC website and use the link where they have success rates for different hunting areas in previous years.

The areas that receive the most applications are the ones in Northwest Missouri and areas near St. Louis.

“Different people have different strategies," Raedeke said. “Some will apply to places where the odds are better and some will apply to the best places to hunt and hope they get lucky.”

If you don’t get rewarded the area you want, you might not be out of luck. Each morning there is a separate draw for walk-up hunters at each wetland area.

“There are also three areas in the state that have internet drawings or what we call quick draw,” Raedeke said. “Many folks in Columbia hunt at Eagle Bluff and that isn’t a part of the reservation system, it is a part of the quick draw.”

Waterfowl hunting in Missouri is influenced mainly by weather and timing of migration, which Raedeke said is difficult to predict.

“What I can see is that the food that the ducks depend on has been growing all summer,” Raedeke said.

He wants hunters to know there is plenty of time throughout the next months to get out and hunt.

“If you hunt with your friends or family get on them to apply, too,” Raedeke said. “If you don’t get rewarded, don’t be discouraged and go take advantage of the drawings on our website.”

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Police are looking for a woman who reportedly stole a Playstation 4 after making an arrangement to buy... More >>
2 minutes ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 2:37:42 PM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Better Business Bureau is advising people to ignore the Secret Sister Gift Exchange. "Ignore it.... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:38:00 PM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are looking for the man who robbed a bank in downtown Columbia early Tuesday afternoon. The... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 11:01:00 AM CST November 21, 2018 in News
BRUNSWICK – Pecan trees are the root of Brunswick’s tourism industry, and this town is “nuts” about pecans. The... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 8:07:00 AM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - It's one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. According to AAA, this year is... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 5:50:00 AM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City Manager Mike Matthes' handling of the community policing efforts could be cited as a big reason for... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, November 21 2018 Nov 21, 2018 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:06:00 AM CST November 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The 17th annual Partnership Against Hunger collected nearly 12,000 pounds of food and more than $42,000 in monetary... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:30:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - The Miller County Sheriff’s Office conducted a large investigation on November 11 and 12 by the United... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7:31:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City Manager Mike Matthes announced his resignation Tuesday morning and it has caused a lot of reactions from... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:37:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON DC - Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert for consumers to avoid... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:19:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is renewing a lobbying ban for members of his office. Parson... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 5:46:59 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Margie Vandeven will be reinstated as the education commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:49:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Tuesday afternoon Jefferson City Public Schools announced new administrative staffing appointments for Capital City High School... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:02:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
MARSHALL – One Salvadoran family in mid-Missouri could be split up with the end of what is called TPS or... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:56:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
CAMDENTON - The Camden County Sheriff's Office identified the victim in Monday's early morning homicide as Derek Ray Harrelson, 34,... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:38:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council approved a $12 million improvement project on Nifong Boulevard at Monday's meeting. The... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:09:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The sheriff of a rural southeast Missouri county pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for using... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:27:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mike Matthes will resign as city manager, effective Wednesday, the City of Columbia announced in a press release.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:32:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 60°
3pm 56°
4pm 54°
5pm 51°
6pm 48°