Missouri waterfowl hunting applications open this Friday

2 years 3 months 1 week 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
COOPER COUNTY - Crews searching for missing woman Mengqi Ji Elledge have cleared debris obstructing the search area and have... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:28:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MORGAN COUNTY -- A judge ruled the Garden of Health Clinic doesn't need a license to openate, ending a nearly... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:12:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Better Business Bureau is projecting a nearly 8% increase from 2018 to 2019 in scams pertaining to... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:36:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- Back-to-back administrative changes have shaken things up at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School. Just yesterday, principal Gwenn Roche... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:24:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY – Almost a year later and no arrests have been made since Melissa Peskey was found dead in... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:01:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Three people were arrested on Wednesday and taken to the Miller County Jail on drug charges. ... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:47:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorneys involved in a lawsuit against the University of Missouri over an open records request are seeking $345,000... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:17:13 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A second man is in custody in connection with a shooting at a Kansas bar that... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:56:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents are now able to see exactly how much Missouri schools are spending on their children, as part... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
UNITED STATES - U.S. regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:58:32 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Paris Road ramp onto southbound U.S. 63 will be closed from 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m.... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:42:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MOKANE - Christopher Sanford will now be able to move around more easily, after teachers at South Callaway School District... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:00:00 AM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Court documents in the case of a man involved in a shooting that left an 18-year-old woman dead... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:33:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Firefighters, police, bikers, and more came out to help the Food Bank raise funds to help those fighting... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 8:14:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new bill pre-filed by State Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia could give law enforcement a leg up... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:49:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
VANDALIA, Mo. - The Aspire Mo program graduated 10 new students at The Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:17:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of dollars were missing after an audit of Glasgow, Mo., released last year. Kevin... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:16:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
FLORISSANT, Mo. — Alex Sims is just like any other kid around Christmas. He's hoping for some cards and maybe... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:57:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 43°
2am 38°
3am 37°
4am 37°
5am 37°