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Increased populations of Missouri fur-bearing species; Possible extension of hunting season Ozark Radio News

By on December 30, 2021 0

Due to the long-term increases in the populations of certain species of furbearing animals and the decrease in global demand and trade for fur products, authorities in our state of Missouri are considering the possibility of extending the hunting and trapping dates for certain species.

The extension would apply to eight different species: bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, possums, striped skunks, mink, muskrats and river otters. This extension of the hunting and trapping seasons would not include some species considered vulnerable or endangered, such as the Missouri fox population. Here are the proposed extensions:

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Lynx
Running: 15 Nov to 31 Jan
Offers: November 15 to the last day of February

Coyote
Running: All year round, except during the day from April 1 to April 18
Offers: March 1 to April 14 (trapping on private land only) and Nov. 15 to the last day of February

Raccoon
Running: Nov. 15 to Jan. 31
Offers: March 1 to April 14 (trapping on private land only), August 1 to Oct. 15 and Nov. 15 to the last day of February

Opossum
Running: Nov. 15 to Jan. 31
Offers: March 1 to April 14 (trapping on private land only), August 1 to Oct. 15 and Nov. 15 to the last day of February

Striped skunk
Running: Nov. 15 to Jan. 31
Offers: March 1 to April 14 (trapping on private land only) and Nov. 15 to the last day of February

Mink
Running: Nov. 15 to Jan. 31
Offers: Nov. 15 to the last day of February (trapping only)

Muskrat
Running: Nov. 15 to Feb. 20
Offers: Nov. 15 to the last day of February (trapping only)

river otter
Running: Nov. 15 to Feb. 20
Offers: Nov. 15 to the last day of February (trapping only)

For more information on Missouri’s hunting seasons, see your local Missouri Department of Conservation office.


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