The Missouri Conservation Commission has given initial approval to a proposal that would slightly boost permit prices for hunting, fishing, and trapping. A news release from the state Department of Conservation said to keep pace with continual rising costs, the agency is proposing to focus on the prices of nonresident permits.

“While MDC permit prices have increased only slightly over the past 20 years, MDC’s cost of doing conservation work have increased significantly,” said the release.

Under the plan, permits for migratory bird hunting, trout fishing, and daily fishing would rise slightly for residents and nonresidents.

“Costs continue to increase for habitat management and improvements, cost-share funding, fuel, equipment, contract and construction work, and other aspects of the work MDC staff does,” said Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sara Parker Pauley. “We need to keep up with rising costs and can do that by adjusting permit prices. Even with the minor price adjustments we propose, Missouri permit prices remain good bargains when compared to surrounding states.”

Missouri is home to more than one million anglers, 500,000 hunters, and several thousand trappers. The state issues nearly 2.6 million hunting, fishing, and trapping permits each year.

According to the department, additional revenue from permit prices would also help the agency with the rising costs of improving buildings and other infrastructure at conservation areas, fish hatcheries, shooting ranges, and nature centers that are many decades old and in need of significant repair or replacement.

Proposed Permit Price Adjustments for 2025

MDC proposes the following permit price adjustments for 2025:

(NR = Non-Resident  SS = Surrounding States  NA = Not Applicable  CP = Conservation Partner)

PERMIT   CURRENT $    PROPOSED $    AVG $ SS 2024  
NR Annual Fishing $51.00 $53.50 $57.50
Daily Fishing $8.00 $9.00 $8.31
Trout $10.00 $12.00 $12.75
Youth Trout $5.00 $6.00 $7.00
NR Small Game Hunting $98.00 $102.00 $126.84
Daily Hunting $14.50 $15.00 $66.04
NR Furbearer Hunt/Trap $200.50 $208.50 $258.69
Migratory Bird $6.50 $7.50 $14.81
NR Conservation Order $49.00 $51.00 NA
NR Spring Turkey $233.50 $243.50 $255.22
NR Fall Turkey $135.50 $141.50 $202.67
NR Firearm Deer $276.50 $288.00 $374.31
NR Antlerless Deer $26.00 $27.00 $43.63
NR Archery $276.50 $288.00 $436.69
NR Managed Deer $276.50 $288.00 NA
NR Landowner Spring Turkey $172.00 $179.50 NA
NR Landowner Fall Turkey $100.00 $104.50 NA
NR Landowner Archery $203.50 $212.00 NA
NR Landowner Firearm Deer $203.50 $212.00 NA

The department’s online public comment period about the price adjustments will be from July 2 to August 1. Here’s where comments can be made: https://mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/public-commenting-opportunities

The state Conservation Commission plans to give final consideration to the proposed price changes during its September meeting. If approved, the changes would begin January 1, 2025.

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