Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Hermitage Access

--- 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Open for public use from 4 a.m. To 10 p.m.; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats is allowed 24 hours a day on areas where these activities are permitted.
  • Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles on department areas during closed hours is prohibited

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, or pole and line 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.
    • On lakes and streams adjoining Conservation Access Areas: Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, longbow, trotline, throwline, limbline, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line by holders of a fishing permit. Hunting permit holders may take frogs by .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, longbow, crossbow, pellet gun, atlatl, hand or handnet. An artificial light may be used. Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31, Daily limit 8.

Camping(more)

  • Camping is prohibited on the area.

Field Trials(more)

  • Field trials are prohibited.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Fishing permitted (see fishing regulations table below).

Fishing methods(more)

  • Gig, bow, atlatl, snagging, snaring or grabbing may be used to take fish that are not game fish or endangered species in streams during the statewide seasons. (more)
  • Seining or trapping live bait.
    • Seining or trapping live bait is permitted in streams in accordance with statewide regulations.(more)
  • The following regulations apply in streams: no more than three (3) unlabeled poles may be used; trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines and jug lines may be used but no more than 33 hooks may be used at any time; hooks on trotlines must be staged 2 feet apart; hooks and lines must be attended every 24 hours or removed. Unanchored jug lines must be personally attended at all times.(more)

Hunting, General provisions, seasons and restrictions(more)

  • Hunting is prohibited, except for deer and turkey hunting as authorized in the Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and/or turkey hunting as authorized in the Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

Pets and hunting dogs(more)

  • Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all times. Hunting and dog training is prohibited on this area.

Target Shooting and Ranges

  • Target shooting is not allowed on the area.

Trapping(more)

  • On lakes and streams outside the boundaries of Conservation Areas, trapping is permitted without a special use permit in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Wildlife Code.
  • 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.

Vehicles, Bicycles, Equestrian Use(more)

  • Bicycles
    • No bicycling opportunity except on public roadways.
  • Horses and horseback riding
    • No horseback riding opportunities exist on this area except on public roadways.
  • 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.
  • 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
Stream  Walleye and Sauger combined  Pomme De Terre River  all year  15" minimum  From Feb 20 through Apr 14 walleye and sauger can be taken and possessed only between one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset in the unimpounded portions of all streams except the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. 
Stream  Sturgeon - Shovelnose  Pomme De Terre River  all year  30" maximum  10  Release if more than 30'' from tip of snout to fork of tail. 
Stream  Pickerel - Chain and Grass  Pomme De Terre River  all year  None   
Stream  Paddlefish  Pomme De Terre River  Mar 15 to Apr 30  34" minimum  Measure from eye to fork of tail. No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.  
Stream  Muskellunge  Pomme De Terre River  all year  36" minimum   
Stream  Goggle-eye (Ozark Bass, Rock Bass and Shadow Bass) and Warmouth combined  Pomme De Terre River  all year  None  15   
Stream  Crappie  Pomme De Terre River  all year  None  30   
Stream  Catfish - Flathead  Pomme De Terre River  all year  None   
Stream  Catfish - Channel  Pomme De Terre River  all year  None  10   
Stream  Catfish - Blue  Pomme De Terre River  all year  Release 26"- 34"  10 but may include no more than 2 greater than 34”   
Stream  Carp - Bighead, Common, Goldfish, Grass, and Silver  Pomme De Terre River  all year  None  No limit   
Stream  Bass - Striped, White, Yellow, and their Hybrids  Pomme De Terre River  all year  No more than 4 over 18"  15   
Stream  All Other Species Combined-Excluding endangered species and game fish  Pomme De Terre River  Gigging or Atlatl: Sep 15 through Jan 31. Longbow: all year. Snagging, snaring, grabbing: Mar 15 through May 15 and Sep 15 through Jan 31.  None  50 total fish, but only 20 by gigging, atlatl, longbow, snagging, snaring, or grabbing  Fish may be taken by gigging, atlatl, or longbow from sunrise to midnight. No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.  
Stream  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Pomme De Terre River  Fourth Saturday in May to the last day of February  12" minimum