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Changed permit format, tagging procedures for Missouri hunters

From Missouri Department of Natural Resources

-- When firearms deer season starts Nov. 12, Missouri hunters are reminded to be aware of changes to deer and turkey permits and tagging procedures.

The 11-day November firearms deer season typically accounts for approximately 80 percent of the firearms deer harvest each year.

This year is the first time that Missouri hunters can buy deer and other hunting permits online, print them and use them immediately. Hunters can use this new e-Permits system to buy permits online or purchase them in person at MDC regional offices, nature centers and other offices statewide. Hunters also still can buy permits from hundreds of vendors statewide.

Vendors still are printing permits on the familiar yellow plastic material that has been used in the past. However, the format has changed and no longer includes a separate self-adhesive tag. Within a couple of years, all permits will be issued on plain paper.

The new format does not include separate tags for deer or turkeys. Under this new e-Permits format, deer and turkey permits are permit-and-tag in one. With these changes come some changes in deer and turkey tagging and checking procedures.

Changes are explained in the 2011 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold or online at mdc.mo.gov/node/3656.

Information is also available online at mdc.mo.gov/node/3891.

A short video at youtube.com/watch?v=CHFp_9UiKjg  also illustrates the reminder phrase: Bag it, notch it, tag it, check it.

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