Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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White River Trace 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 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 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).
    • No stream fishing opportunities exist on the area.

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, 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).
    • Special deer hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • Special quail hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • A valid area daily hunting tag is required. All hunters must check out immediately after the close of their hunting trip.

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.

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  Ponds 1, 2, 3, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  None  30   
Lake  Catfish - Channel, Blue, and Flathead Combined  Ponds 1, 2, 3, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  None   
Lake  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Ponds 1, 2, 3, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  Release 12"-15"   
Lake  All Other Species Combined  Ponds 1, 2, 3, and all other area lakes and ponds  all year  Statewide limits apply  Statewide limits, but not to exceed 20 total fish   

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
Deer  November Firearms  Nov. 12 through Nov. 22, 2016  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Archery and Firearms Methods Allowed. The use of Antlerless Permits is Prohibited.   
Deer  Alternative Methods  Dec. 24,2016 through Jan. 3, 2017  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Archery and Firearms Methods Allowed. The use of Antlerless Permits is Prohibited.   
Deer  Youth  Oct. 29 through Oct. 30, 2016 and Nov. 25 through Nov. 27, 2016  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet  Archery and Firearms Methods Allowed. The use of Antlerless Permits is Prohibited.   
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 and Firearms Methods Allowed. The use of Antlerless Permits is Prohibited.   
Coyote    See Chapter 7 of the Wildlife Code  No Limit     
Crow    Nov 1 through Mar 3  No Limit     
Dove    Sep 1 through Nov 29  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  Special Regulations  Nov 1 through Dec 15    Quail hunting is permitted only through December 15 by holders of the prescribed hunting tag, and hunters must check out immediately after the close of their hunting trip. 
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  Fall Firearms  Oct 1 through Oct 31  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet     
Turkey  Spring Firearms  April 18 through May 8, 2016  See Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet     
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     
Rails - Sora and Virginia    Sep 1 through Nov 9  25     
Snipe - Common    Sep 1 through Dec 16     
Teal  Early Teal Season  Sep 10, 2016 through Sep 25, 2016     
All Waterfowl  Youth  Oct 29, 2016 through Oct 30, 2016  Bag limits for ducks, geese, and coot are the same as during the regular waterfowl season.     
Coot    Nov 5, 2016 through Jan 3, 2017  15     
Ducks    Nov 5, 2016 through Jan 3, 2017  Daily limit of 6 ducks including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 females), 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 hooded mergansers, 2 canvasback, 1 black duck, 2 pintail, or 1 mottled duck.     
Goose - Blue, Snow, and Ross    Nov 11, 2016 through Feb 6, 2017  20     
Goose - Blue, Snow, and Ross  Light Goose Conservation Order  Feb 7, 2017 through Apr 30, 2017  No Limit     
Goose - Canada and Brant    Nov 11, 2016 through Feb 6, 2017  3 Canada and Brant in Aggregate     
Goose - Canada and Brant  Early Goose Season  Oct 1, 2016 through Oct, 9 2016  3 Canada and Brant in Aggregate     
Goose - White-Fronted    Nov 11, 2016 through Feb 6, 2017     
Quail  Youth (Special Regulations)  Last full weekend of Oct    Quail hunting is permitted only through December 15 by holders of the prescribed hunting tag, and hunters must check out immediately after the close of their hunting trip.