Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Boston Ferry 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.
  • 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

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 prohibited.

Hunting, General provisions, seasons and restrictions(more)

  • Hunting is permitted. Special seasons, methods, and limits may apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • Firearms hunting is prohibited.

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

  • Target shooting is not allowed on the area.

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)

  • 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

  • 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. 19 through Dec. 29, 2015  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Archery methods only.   
Deer  Youth  Oct. 31 through Nov. 1, 2015 and Jan. 2 through Jan. 3, 2016  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Archery methods only.   
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  Archery methods only.   
Deer  November Firearms  Nov. 14 through Nov. 24, 2015  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Archery methods only.   
Coyote    See Chapter 7 of the Wildlife Code  No Limit    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Crow    Nov 1 through Mar 3  No Limit    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Dove    Sep 1 through Nov 9  15    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Furbearers    Nov 15 through Jan 31  No Limit    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Groundhog    The day following the prescribed spring turkey hunting season through Dec 15  No Limit    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Quail    Nov 1 through Jan 15    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Quail  Youth  Last full weekend of Oct    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Rabbit    Oct 1 through Feb 15  Daily limit 6 including no more than 2 swamp rabbits.    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Squirrel    Fourth Saturday in May through Feb 15  10    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Woodcock - American    Oct 15 through Nov 28    Firearms hunting prohibited. 
Turkey  Spring Youth  April 11 through April 12, 2015  See Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet    Archery methods only 
Turkey  Spring Firearms  April 20 through May 10, 2015  See Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet    Archery methods only 
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    Archery methods only 
Turkey  Fall Firearms  Oct 1 through Oct 31  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet    Archery methods only