Fishing and Hunting Permit cost increase to go into effect

The Missouri Conservation Commission has given final approval to adjust prices for most hunting, fishing, trapping, and commercial permits offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Most MDC permit prices have remained the same for the past 20 years. MDC proposed the permit price adjustments in an effort to keep up with rising costs of goods and services it uses to manage its more than 1,000 conservation areas along with nature centers, shooting ranges, fish hatcheries, and other facilities. MDC received initial approval on its proposed permit price adjustments from the Commission at the Commission’s May 19 open meeting. MDC then offered a public comment period from July 4 through August 2nd where it received about 250 public comments along with feedback on the proposals from numerous conservation-related groups and organizations. On average, most resident hunting and fishing permit prices would be adjusted by about $1. The price increases will take effect on February 29th, 2024. MDC issues nearly 2.6 million hunting, fishing, and trapping permits each year.