Contact: Tammy Miller, 874-7465 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Columbia will conduct three hunter orientation and registration sessions for citizens interested in bow hunting deer on designated city properties as part of the city's deer management program. The sessions are open to the public at no charge. The one-hour sessions will be held at the ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) at 1701 W. Ash. The following sessions are the only times when city hunting permits will be issued.
Anyone wishing to receive a permit should register online at http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec and must attend one of the orientation sessions. Individuals who are pre-registered will be able to obtain their permit upon completion of the orientation session. Those that participated in the 2011 classes have permits that are good for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. City permits from 2010 have expired. Hunters that obtained their permits in 2010 need to re-register for the 2012-2013 hunting season.
Bow hunting will be permitted during two seasons: September 15 through November 11 and November 23 through Jan. 15, 2013. Hunting with a city permit will be allowed at the following locations:
To hunt at the designated locations, hunters must attend one of the three orientation sessions and obtain a permit that they must carry while hunting on city property and accompanying permit that must be displayed in vehicles using designated parking areas. Hunters shall also follow all relevant Missouri Department of Conservation rules, regulations, and requirements related to hunting.
Since it began in 2004, the deer management program has averaged more than 250 hunters per year. Further details about the program are posted on the City's Web site at www.GoColumbiaMo.com/ParksandRec.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460.