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Update About Deer Open Houses

Tuesday evening was the fifth of eight open house meetings conducted by the Missouri Department of Conservation to gather public input regarding the deer regulations under consideration for the 2016-2017 season and to offer a comment opportunity for the non-resident hunting permit fee structure.

Attendance at the meetings has included:
108 in Blue Springs, on Tuesday, February 24
198 in Kirkwood, on Thursday, February 26
72 in Springfield, on Tuesday, March 3
43 in West Plains, on Thursday, March 5
90 in Cape Girardeau, on Tuesday, March 10

The open house format provides an opportunity for one-on-one discussions with Department staff. There is no formal presentation and attendees can drop in anytime between 5-8 p.m. at the open house to ask questions and get more information.


To explain the proposed changes and gather public feedback, the following public open house meetings are still available around the state from 5 to 8 p.m.:

March 12 – MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore in Kirksville;
March 16 – MDC Central Regional Office, 3500 E. Gans Road in Columbia; and
March 31 – MDC Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive in St. Joseph.
MDC also welcomes public comments online. To learn more about the proposed regulations, MDC’s deer management plan, past public comments, and to provide comment, visit the Department’s website at

Mail comments to: Missouri Department of Conservation, Attn: Policy Coordination, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

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