The Missouri Department of Conservation will increase the prices for some nonresident hunting and fishing permits starting in 2020.
According to MDC, permit prices have not been raised in over a decade and adjustments are needed to help keep up with increasing costs of providing conservation programs and services around the state.
The price increases were given initial approval by the Missouri Conservation Commission at its May 23 meeting. As part of the rulemaking process, MDC asked for public comment on the changes during July. The commission approved the increases Friday.
The effective date will be Feb. 29 for these nonresident permit price increases:
• Daily fishing (one day), $8.
• Daily fishing (three days), $24.
• Annual fishing, $49.
• Furbearer hunting/trapping, $192.
• Annual small game hunting, $94.
• Daily small game (one day), $14.
• Daily small game (3 Days), $42.
• Conservation order, $47.
• Spring turkey hunting, $224.
• Fall turkey hunting, $130.
• Firearm deer hunting, $265.
• Archery hunting, $265.
• Managed deer hunting, $265.
Nonresidents account for nearly 100 percent of daily fishing permit purchases and daily small-game hunting permit purchases, according to an MDC news release. As part of the changes, MDC will also limit daily fishing permits and daily hunting permits to one and three days and eliminate daily fishing permits and daily hunting permits for other numbers of days.
Permit sales account for about 17 percent of the agency’s annual revenue and help fund numerous conservation efforts around the state, according to MDC.