Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 allowed anytime in designated camping areas. These may or may not have defined campsites. Seasonal closures and restrictions may apply.
    • 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.
    • Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Visitors who are not occupying a campsite are required to leave the campground by 10 p.m.

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 prohibited.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Fishing permitted (see fishing regulations table below).

Fishing methods(more)

  • Gig, bow, atlatl, or crossbow may be used for carp, buffalo, suckers, and gar in ponds and lakes during statewide seasons.
  • 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)
  • Gizzard shad may be taken from lakes and ponds by dip net or throw net.
  • On lakes and ponds fish may be taken 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.
  • 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 permitted. Special seasons, methods, and limits may apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • Special deer hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • Special waterfowl hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).(more)
      • A waterfowl refuge exists on designated segments of the area during certain times of the year. Special restrictions apply.

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.
    • 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.
    • 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)

  • 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.

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)

  • Boats, including sailboats, may be used on lakes and ponds designated as open to boats. Boats may not be left unattended overnight.
    • Float tubes may only be used for authorized fishing or hunting activities.
    • Only electric motors are permitted on lakes and ponds of less than 70 acres.
    • 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 Houseboats and personal watercraft is prohibited.

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.
  • 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  Crappie  All area lakes and ponds  all year  None  30   
Lake  Catfish - Channel, Blue, and Flathead Combined  All area lakes and ponds  all year  None   
Lake  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  All area lakes and ponds  all year  Release 12"-15"   
Lake  All Other Species Combined  All area lakes and ponds  all year  Statewide limits apply  Statewide limits, but not to exceed 20 total fish   
Stream  Walleye and Sauger combined  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  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  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  all year  30" maximum  10  Release if more than 30'' from tip of snout to fork of tail. 
Stream  Paddlefish  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  Mar 15 to Apr 30  24" minimum  Measure from eye to fork of tail. 
Stream  Crappie  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  all year  None  30   
Stream  Catfish - Flathead  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  all year  None   
Stream  Catfish - Channel  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  all year  None  10   
Stream  Catfish - Blue  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  all year  None   
Stream  Carp - Bighead, Common, Goldfish, Grass, and Silver  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  all year  None  No limit   
Stream  Bass - Striped, White, Yellow, and their Hybrids  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  all year  No more than 4 over 18"  15   
Stream  All Other Species Combined-Excluding endangered species and game fish  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  Gigging or Atlatl: Sep 15 through Jan 31. Snagging, snaring, grabbing: Mar 15 through May 15 and Sep 15 through Jan 31. All other legal methods: all year.  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.  
Stream  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Blackwater River and all other streams on the area  Fourth Saturday in May to the last day of February  12" minimum