Missouri Duck Season Timing and Zones

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Hunters Help Establish Season Dates and Zones

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host public workshops during March and April to gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the next five years. Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and discuss their season date and zone preferences with other hunters and Conservation staff. Hunter input gathered through the workshops combined with hunter opinion surveys will be used to establish Missouri’s 2011-2015 duck season dates and zones.

Duck Season Dates and Zone Boundaries Workshops will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates and locations. Details about the workshops are available by calling the number listed for each workshop.

  • Columbia, March 7 at the Boone Electric Cooperative, 1413 Rangeline Street 573-882-8388;
  • St Charles, March 10 at Stegton Regency Banquet Center, 1450 Wall Street 636-441-4554 (pre-registration required);
  • St Joseph, March 14 at MDC Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive 816-271-3100;
  • Blue Springs, March 15 at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Road 816-655-6250;
  • Jackson, March 22 at Knights of Columbus Hall, 3305 N. High (also known as Hwy 61 between Jackson and Fruitland) 573-290-5730;
  • Dexter, March 23 at the National Guard Armory, Hwy 114 East near airport 573-290- 5730;
  • Kennett, March 24 at the Justice Center, corner of the North Bypass (also called Ely) and Floyd 573-290-5730;
  • Joplin, March 28 at the Wildcat Glade Conservation Area and Audubon Center, 201 W Riviera Drive 417-895-6880;
  • Springfield, March 29 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4600 S Chrisman 417-895-6880;
  • Nevada, March 30 at the Vernon County/Nevada Community Center, 200 N Ash Street 417-876-5226;
  • Clinton, March 31 at the Clinton Christian Church, 1201 East Ohio Street 660-885-6981;
  • Mound City, April 4 at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 5 miles south of Mound City, just off Interstate 29. Take exit 79 and drive 3 miles west on Hwy 159 816-271-3100;
  • Chillicothe, April 5 at Grand River Inn, 606 West Business 36 816-271-3100;
  • Kirksville, April 6 at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 South Baltimore 660-785-2420;
  • Hannibal, April 7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Road 573-248-2530.

Options for Duck Zones And Split Seasons

Duck zones aim to provide the best season dates for private and public land. Missouri has the opportunity to revise zones every five years with possible options including a statewide season with no splits, no zones with up to two splits and three segments, two zones with one split and two segments, and three zones with no splits. Two additional options that may be available for the 2011-2015 period include four zones with no splits or three zones with one split. A split season refers to a season that is open for a period of time, closes, and then reopens for a second period of time.

Zone Boundaries Represent a Compromise

Given the range of hunter preferences that exist, it is likely that not all hunters will be completely satisfied regardless of which season dates or zone boundaries that are selected. The challenge is to provide a balance that will accommodate at least a portion of most hunters’ desires.

Whether or not changes are recommended for 2011-2015 will depend primarily upon hunter input. If most hunters from a particular region prefer a different season structure (zones and splits) or season dates, a change will likely be recommended. Otherwise, “change for the sake of change” will not be recommended. Regardless, the time and effort taken by hunters to provide their input is valued, and it will help us develop the best possible recommendation for Missouri duck hunters.

The informational booklet used for the 2011 Duck Season Dates and Zone Boundaries Workshops will be available in early March.

image of Map showin Missouri Duck Zones for 2006-2010Current Missouri Duck Zones 2006-2010

ZONE DESCRIPTIONS:

North Zone:

That portion of Missouri north of a line running west from the Illinois border at Lock and Dam 25; west on Lincoln County Highway N to Missouri Highway 79; south on Missouri Highway 79 to Missouri Highway 47; west on Missouri Highway 47 to Interstate 70; west on Interstate 70 to the Kansas border.

South Zone:

That portion of Missouri south of a line running west from the Illinois border on Missouri Highway 34 to Interstate 55; south on Interstate 55 to U.S. Highway 62; west on U.S. Highway 62 to Missouri Highway 53; north on Missouri Highway 53 to Missouri Highway 51; north on Missouri Highway 51 to U.S. Highway 60; west on U.S. Highway 60 to Missouri Highway 21; north on Missouri Highway 21 to Missouri Highway 72; west on Missouri Highway 72 to Missouri Highway 32; west on Missouri Highway 32 to U.S. Highway 65; north on U.S. Highway 65 to U.S. Highway 54; west on U.S. Highway 54 to the Kansas border.

Middle Zone:

The remainder of Missouri.

Area Key

  • 11 – B. K. Leach
  • 12 – Bob Brown
  • 13 – Columbia Bottom
  • 14 – Duck Creek
  • 15 – Eagle Bluffs
  • 16 – Fountain Grove
  • 17 – Four Rivers
  • 18 – Grand Pass
  • 19 – Marais Temps Clair
  • 21 – Montrose
  • 22 – Nodaway Valley
  • 23 – Otter Slough
  • 24 – Schell-Osage
  • 26 – Ted Shanks
  • 27 – Ten Mile Pond