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New System for Buying Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Permits Up and Running

If you like to hunt deer and turkey in Missouri, you no longer will have to wait until your permit arrives in the mail to go hunting if you use a new option being offered by the Conservation Department. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

Hunters, anglers and trappers in the state have a new option for getting their permits from the Missouri Department of Conservation. The new e-permits system is up and running. Missourians have been able to purchase permits online since 2002. But Department spokesman Joe Jerek says, the new online system is a step up…

"Under the old online system, folks would only get a confirmation number at the time of purchase, and then they'd have to use this confirmation number while they waited to get the actual permits in the mail, and that could take up to two weeks. And this didn't work real well for turkey hunters and deer hunters because they needed the actual permits to tag their game. With our new e-permits, folks, including deer and turkey hunters, can go online, buy the permits, print them, and they are ready for use immediately."

The convenience fee for online permit purchases is $1 per transaction compared to $2 for those who purchase by phone. Permits may still be purchased from vendors.And the e-permits are expected to save the Department of Conservation money…

"The big picture--long-term--it will save the department about $500,000 a year, and those savings are going to come from phasing out current software that we were using under the old system, certain hardware requirements such as special printers for the old yellow adhesive-type paper, things like that."

E-permits can be saved online and extra copies may be printed if the original is lost or ruined. As always, the Conservation Department reminds Missourians that permits may not be shared and additional copies of a permit do not provide additional valid permits for the buyer or others to use.For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.