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Rep. Day praises Conservation Commission’s decision to listen to citizen input and waive proposed permit changes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008)  Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, today applauded the decision of the Missouri Conservation Commission to table proposed changes that would have increased hunting permit fees. The Commission made its decision to not proceed with the permit changes during a meeting held in Jefferson City on Dec. 19.

The Conservation Commission had proposed a number of changes to the permit system during a September meeting. Proposed changes included $2 to $3 increases for the majority of hunting and fishing permits; increasing the acreage (80 contiguous acres) necessary to receive no-cost deer and turkey permits; and creation of a Senior Forever permit for citizens 60 years of age or older. With its announcement on Friday, the Commission made it clear none of those changes would be implemented. The announcement followed a 30-day window where Missourians were able to voice their concerns with the new policies. Rep. Day was among the first of elected officials to voice his concern and opposition to the proposed changes.

“I heard from hundreds of people in this area who were unhappy with the proposed changes. It seems the Conservation Commission did as well. I can’t thank the Commission members enough, especially Commission Chairman Chip McGeehan, for listening to the people and honoring their wishes by not moving forward with these changes,” Day said. “This is a great example of government listening to the people and honoring their wishes. The best part is that it is the right thing to do and will benefit all Missouri hunters and fishermen.”

“I know through my website alone there were hundreds of comments submitted to the commission. Our Conservation Department does a great job of managing our state’s wildlife, and because of the generosity of Missourians are one of the best funded in the nation. I’m glad to see that they are still in touch with the citizens of our great state” Day said.

The Commission also announced its intent to move forward with its effort to establish consistent Hunter Education and age requirements for all mentors. It also announced support for the establishment of a standard minimum legal age of six years for obtaining deer and turkey permits. In addition, the Commission announced plans to simplify youth permits and cut the price of deer, turkey, and trout permits for youth by 50 percent.

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