Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Fort Crowder Conservation 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.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated camping 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • 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, pole and line , a twenty-two (.22) caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, pellet gun, 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.

Camping(more)

  • Camping is allowed on the area as indicated.
    • Camping is limited to a period of 14 consecutive days in any 30-day period. Personal property must be removed at the end of the 14-day period. Unless a special use permit is obtained, total camping days on all department lands are limited to 30 days within one calendar year.
    • Groups of more than 10 people must obtain a special use permit prior to camping. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.
    • Walk-in/backpack camping is allowed. No amenities are provided. Seasonal closures and restrictions may apply.

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 is permitted on this area under statewide regulations, except special restrictions apply to methods and limits on fish taken from lakes and ponds.
    • On Lakes and ponds: The daily limit for all catfish (channel, blue and flathead) combined is four (4); black bass, six (6); crappie, thirty (30); and all other fish, statewide limits, but not to exceed twenty (20) total fish. Statewide length limits for all species of fish apply except all black bass more than twelve inches (12”) but less than fifteen inches (15”) in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. Fish may be taken only with pole and line and not more than three poles may be used by one person at any time. Gizzard shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.
    • Statewide regulations apply on streams.

Fishing methods(more)

  • 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).

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.

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.
    • Fully automatic firearms are prohibited except with a special use permit. The use of incendiary (including tracer ammunition), armor piercing or explosive ammunition is prohibited.
    • On portions of shooting ranges restricted to shotguns with shotshells, only clay targets may be used.
    • Only paper targets attached to the provided target holders may be used.
    • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
    • Use of the range shall be in accordance with posted rules or as authorized by a special use permit. All range users must allow an agent of the department or certified law enforcement officer to inspect their permits, firearms and ammunition.

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.

Vehicles, Bicycles, Equestrian Use(more)

  • Designated multi-use trails are open for use as specified except during all portions of the firearms deer hunting season and the spring turkey hunting seasons.
  • 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

  • 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

Hunting Regulations:

Species Qualifier Season Dates Limits Deer Regulations (Applies to Deer only) Notes
Deer  Alternative Methods  Dec. 24,2016 through Jan. 3, 2017  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Statewide regulations apply.   
Deer  November Firearms  Nov. 12 through Nov. 22, 2016  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Statewide regulations apply.   
Deer  Youth  Oct. 29 through Oct. 30, 2016 and Nov. 25 through Nov. 27, 2016  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Statewide regulations apply.   
Deer  Archery  Sep 15 through Jan 15 excluding the dates of the Nov portion of the firearms deer season  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Statewide regulations apply.   
Coyote    See Chapter 7 of the Wildlife Code  No Limit     
Crow    Nov 1 through Mar 3  No Limit     
Dove    Sep 1 through Nov 9  15     
Furbearers    Nov 15 through Jan 31  No Limit     
Groundhog    The day following the prescribed spring turkey hunting season through Dec 15  No Limit     
Quail    Nov 1 through Jan 15     
Quail  Youth  Last full weekend of Oct     
Rabbit    Oct 1 through Feb 15  Daily limit 6 including no more than 2 swamp rabbits.     
Squirrel    Fourth Saturday in May through Feb 15  10     
Woodcock - American    Oct 15 through Nov 28     
Turkey  Spring Youth  April 9 through April 10, 2016  See Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet     
Turkey  Spring Firearms  April 18 through May 8, 2016  See Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet     
Turkey  Fall Firearms  SEASON CLOSED  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet    SEASON CLOSED 
Turkey  Fall Archery  Sep 15 through Jan 15 excluding the dates of the Nov portion of the firearms deer season  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet