Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

--- Note --- The information below reflects regulations for most activities on this conservation area but does not contain regulations for all possible uses. For more information on area regulations consult the Wildlife Code (http://sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3csr.asp) or the phone number listed for this area in the online Conservation Atlas.

  • Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area.(more)

Area General Provisions(more)

  • Collecting wild animals (including invertebrates) and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Wildlife Collector’s Permit, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
  • Commercial use and vending are prohibited on department areas.
  • Guiding for pay is prohibited on department areas.
  • In addition to the rules of the Wildlife Code, federal, state and local laws also apply on department lands.
  • No fires allowed.
  • Soil disturbance and digging, including the digging of roots, is prohibited on all conservation areas.
  • Trail and game cameras are prohibited
  • Unless specifically authorized, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, sailboarding, skateboarding, entry on areas closed to the public, removal of water, rock collecting, planting, ranging of horses and other livestock, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, paint-balling, scuba diving, and water skiing.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Waste containers may be used only for disposal of garbage, trash, refuse or rubbish generated on department areas.
  • Wild plants, plant products, vegetation, and mushrooms (more)
    • Collecting or possessing wild plants and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Letter of Authorization for Plant Collecting, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
    • Nuts, berries, fruits, edible wild greens and mushrooms may be taken only for personal consumption.
    • Vegetation, including trees, may not be cut or destroyed. The only exception is that willows (Salicaceae spp.) may be cut for use in constructing on-site blinds.

Area Hours(more)

  • Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles on department areas during closed hours is prohibited
  • Special hours apply. Public use permitted only as authorized by posting.

Bullfrogs and green frogs(more)

  • Taking of bullfrogs and green frogs is allowed.
    • Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken during the statewide season only by hand, handnet, atlatl, gig, bow, snagging, snaring, grabbing, pole and line, or crossbow and only during dates and times when those waters are open to fishing or hunting. An artificial light may be used. Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31. Daily limit 8.
    • Firearms may not be used to take bullfrogs and green frogs.

Camping(more)

  • Camping is prohibited on the area.

Decoys and blinds(more)

  • Permitted but must be disassembled and removed daily.
    • Blinds may be constructed on-site only from willows (Salicaceae spp.).

Field Trials(more)

  • Field trials are permitted by special use permit only. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Fishing permitted (see fishing regulations table below).
    • Fishing is permitted only on designated waters from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from April 1 through Sept. 30 and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Oct. 1 through March 31.

Fishing methods(more)

  • Gizzard shad may be taken from lakes and ponds by dip net or throw net.
  • On lakes and ponds fish may be taken only with pole and line and not more than three poles may be used by one person at any time. Snagging, snaring or grabbing of fish is prohibited.
  • Seining or trapping live bait.
    • Seining or trapping live bait is permitted in streams in accordance with statewide regulations.(more)
    • Seining or trapping live bait, including tadpoles, is prohibited in lakes and ponds.

Hunting, General provisions, seasons and restrictions(more)

  • Hunting is permitted. Special seasons, methods, and limits may apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • A daily area hunting tag is required
    • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited except for deer hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.
    • Special Small Game or Furbearer Hunting Regulations Apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • Special deer hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • Deer hunting is by managed hunt only.
    • Special dove hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • This area has a managed hunt during the first seven days of the season.
    • Special turkey hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • Turkey hunting is by managed hunt only
    • Special waterfowl hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).(more)
      • A daily waterfowl hunting tag is required. The tag must be accurately completed and returned immediately after hunting.
      • Waterfowl hunting is prohibited after 1 p.m. on designated portions of the area.

Pets and hunting dogs(more)

  • Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all time. Hunting dogs may be used off the leash and unconfined for hunting and training for the purposes of chasing, locating, tracking or retrieving game. A valid small game hunting permit is required to train dogs in pursuit of wildlife.
    • Locations and times where pets and hunting dogs are permitted may be further restricted by area brochures or signs

Target Shooting and Ranges

  • Unstaffed Ranges. Target shooting is not allowed anywhere on the area except for designated unstaffed ranges.
    • Groups of more than 10 people must obtain a special use permit prior to using the range. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.
    • A static archery range is located on the area; other special regulations may apply.
    • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all ranges and associated parking lots.
    • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
    • Special provisions apply.

Trapping(more)

  • Trapping is allowed only with special use permit. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.

Tree stands(more)

  • Only portable tree stands are allowed from Sept. 1 through Jan. 31. Unattended stands must be plainly labeled on a durable material with the full name and address, or Conservation Number, of the owner and be removed from the area before Feb. 1. Use of nails, screw-in steps, and any material or method that would damage the tree is prohibited.

Use of boats and motors.(more)

  • Only department-owned boats may be used.
    • Only electric motors are permitted.
    • Registration and a fee may be required for rental of department-owned boats. Fees must be paid prior to use
    • State laws regarding the operation, registration and required safety equipment also apply to watercraft being operated on waters under the control of the Department.
    • Use of float tubes is prohibited.

Vehicles, Bicycles, Equestrian Use(more)

  • Bicycles
    • The area has multi-use trails open to bicycles. Bicycles must stay on trails designated for bicycles or on public roadways. Groups of 10 or more people must obtain a special use permit. Contact area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.
  • Horses and horseback riding
    • The area has multi-use trails open to horses. Horses must stay on trails designated for horses or on public roadways. Groups of 10 or more must obtain a special use permit. Contact area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.
  • Vehicles
    • Vehicles are only permitted on public roadways and in parking lots.
      • State laws regarding the operation, registration and required equipment also apply to the operation of motor vehicles on areas open to vehicular traffic that are under the control of the department.
      • The speed limit on department lands is 45 miles per hour, except as otherwise posted.

X Regulation Tables-Limit Information

  • All fish that are not released unharmed immediately after being caught are included in an angler’s daily limit.
  • Anglers may not possess any fish that is less than the specified minimum length limit on the waters, banks or area where the length limit applies.
  • Anglers may not possess more than the daily limit of any species of fish on the waters or banks of any body of water where the limit applies.
  • The fishing regulations table below specifies special regulations for a conservation area or for individually named lakes on a conservation area. Anglers must follow these regulations when fishing at these locations. When fishing on more than one conservation area or individually named lake on a conservation area in the same day, anglers may keep a total of no more than six (6) black bass; four (4) catfish (channel, blue, and flathead combined); thirty (30) crappie; and twenty (20) of all other fish combined, regardless of how many different conservation areas or individually named lakes are fished. All fish kept on conservation areas and individually named lakes are included in an angler’s statewide daily limit.
  • The table below specifies special regulations for hunting on this conservation area. These regulations must be followed while hunting on this area. Regardless of how many different locations are hunted on the same day (public or private land), no more than the statewide daily limit for any species may be taken
  • When fishing on different bodies of water during the same day (public lakes, streams, conservation areas, areas managed under cooperative agreement, etc.), specified restrictions for individual bodies of waters or areas must be followed. However, no more than the statewide daily limit for any species may be taken for all waters or areas combined.

Fishing Regulations:

Lake/Stream Species Location Details Season Dates Length Limit Daily Limit Notes
Lake  Trout - Brown and Rainbow combined  Honker Pond, Plover Lake, Jackrabbit Lake, Catclaw Lake, Tanglewood Lake, Bodarc Lake, Bluestem Lake, Coot Lake, Gopher Lake, Lake Nell, Cottontail Lake, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  None  Winter fishing only (Nov-Mar) in Coot and Plover Lakes and Honker Pond 
Lake  Crappie  Honker Pond, Plover Lake, Jackrabbit Lake, Catclaw Lake, Tanglewood Lake, Bodarc Lake, Bluestem Lake, Coot Lake, Gopher Lake, Lake Nell, Cottontail Lake, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  None  30   
Lake  Catfish - Channel, Blue, and Flathead Combined  Honker Pond, Plover Lake, Jackrabbit Lake, Catclaw Lake, Tanglewood Lake, Bodarc Lake, Bluestem Lake, Coot Lake, Gopher Lake, Lake Nell, Cottontail Lake, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  None   
Lake  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Honker Pond, Plover Lake, Jackrabbit Lake, Catclaw Lake, Tanglewood Lake, Bodarc Lake, Bluestem Lake, Coot Lake, Gopher Lake, Lake Nell, Cottontail Lake, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  15" minimum   
Lake  Bass - Striped, White, Yellow, and their Hybrids  Honker Pond, Plover Lake, Jackrabbit Lake, Catclaw Lake, Tanglewood Lake, Bodarc Lake, Bluestem Lake, Coot Lake, Gopher Lake, Lake Nell, Cottontail Lake, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  20" minimum   
Lake  All Other Species Combined-Excluding endangered species and game fish  Honker Pond, Plover Lake, Jackrabbit Lake, Catclaw Lake, Tanglewood Lake, Bodarc Lake, Bluestem Lake, Coot Lake, Gopher Lake, Lake Nell, Cottontail Lake, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  None  10 total fish   
Specia  All Species  Honker Pond  all year  Area limits apply  Area limits apply  Fishing is restricted to persons 15 years of age or younger and not more than one pole and line may be used by any one person at any time. 
Specia  All Species  Prairie Hollow Lake  all year      Fishing is permitted only by reservation by educational groups, and fish must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught except as provided by special use permit.  

Hunting Regulations: REGULATIONS TABLE CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED. CONSULT THE WILDLIFE CODE FOR CURRENT INFORMATION. DO NOT RELY ON THE TABLE AT THIS TIME.

Species Qualifier Season Dates Limits Deer Regulations (Applies to Deer only) Notes
All Waterfowl  Reservation Only During the Prescribed Seasons  See Notes      Reservation only by holders of a valid area daily hunting tag on designated days and only in designated areas, except that hunters may retrieve dead birds and shoot downed cripples outside of designated areas. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited after 1:00 pm.  
Deer  Managed Hunt Only  Varies      Managed Hunt Only 
Crow    Dec 1 through Mar 3  No Limit    Only between sunrise and sunset. 
Dove    See Notes  15    Dove hunting is permitted only by managed hunt during the first seven days of the dove hunting season, except that dove hunting is prohibeted on labor day and the weekend immediately preceding. Shooting hours are from 1:00 pm to sunset for the entire season 
Furbearers    Varies  No Limit    Furbearer hunting may be authorized by special use permit, except furbearers may be taken during managed deer hunts that coincide with the prescribed furbearer season using methods allowed for deer by participants holding a valid managed deer hunting permit and the prescribed permit for taking furbearers. 
Groundhog    The day following the prescribed spring turkey hunting season through Dec 15  No Limit     
Quail  CLOSED ON AREA  CLOSED ON AREA      CLOSED ON AREA 
Rabbit    Dec1 through Feb 15  Daily limit 6 including no more than 2 swamp rabbits.    Only between sunrise and sunset. 
Squirrel    Dec 1 through Feb 15  10    Only between sunrise and sunset. 
Woodcock - American    Oct 15 through Nov 28