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It flies, it dies


Duck season has recently opened here in Missouri. These duck commanders in Missouri have waited all year for November and no shave no November of course. Missouri is divided into 3 zones, North, Middle, and South zones. Each county is then spilt into the 3 zones. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation to pursue, take, possess and transport waterfowl, doves, snipe, woodcock and rails. You must also have a Migratory Bird Hunting Permit that is required of all residents and nonresidents, including landowners, who are 16 years of age or older. The permit cost dollars and must be renewed every year. A federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl which is stamped onto your permit that is required every year. Most duck hunters typically hunt waterfowl such as mallards and teals. Shooting time is thirty minutes before daylight and the morning time is the best time to hunt them, but you can hunt in the evenings. Depending on location the best area to find waterfowl is near water. These hunters work all year creating marshes, low parts of the land and build dams to hold pockets of water to attract the ducks. Some hunters even in the off season build water gates to control the water amount for their marshes. Before duck season opens hunters will work the marsh up and plant food plots of Japanese Millet, which is a grass seed. When going out to duck hunt don’t forget your decoys, duck calls, a good shotgun, and a good dog. A successful duck hunter always has a good retrieving dog. Most dog being labs that will retrieve ducks once they’ve been shot. Like anything that are certain times for duck hunting as well as limits as shown on the chart.

Game Area Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit
Ducks Middle Zone 11/02/2013 – 12/31/2013 6 18

Ducks North Zone 10/26/2013 – 12/24/2013 6 18

Ducks South Zone 11/28/2013 – 01/26/2014 6 18