MO: MDC’s new e-Permits now available

E-Permits will enable hunters, anglers and trappers to buy,
print and immediately use permits.

JEFFERSON CITY Mo – Beginning March 1, 2011, the Missouri
Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new e-Permits system will enable
Missouri hunters, anglers and trappers to purchase, print and
immediately use most permits.

All sport-fishing and sport-hunting permits will be available
through e-Permits, along with trapping permits and the Apprentice
Hunter Authorization. Commercial permits and lifetime permits will
continue to be sold through MDC’s Central Office by calling
573-751-4115.

Hunters, anglers and trappers will be able to buy permits online
and print them 24/7 anywhere they have access to a computer and
printer. They can still buy permits from vendors, and by phone by
calling toll-free 1-800-392-4115. Phone purchases are subject to a
$2 convenience fee, while the fee for online permit purchases is
$1.

They also can save e-Permits on their computer and print extra
copies of permits in case one is lost or ruined. As always, permits
may not be shared, and additional copies of a permit do not provide
additional valid permits for the buyer or others to use.

Missourians have been able to buy permits online since 2002.
However, under the old online system, buyers received only
confirmation at the time of purchase. They used this confirmation
while waiting to receive the actual permits through the mail, which
could take up to two weeks. This was no help to turkey and deer
hunters, who need actual permits to tag game. With e-Permits,
turkey and deer hunters will be able to buy permits, print them and
have valid permits immediately.

Deer and turkey tagging procedures will change with the change to
e-Permits. The main difference is that permits no longer will
include a removable transportation tag. Instead, the permit itself
will be the transportation tag. Deer and turkey permits will have
months printed along one edge and dates on another edge. Hunters
will notch the month and day as part of recording their harvested
game and attach the permit to the animal. They will continue to
check harvested animals through the Telecheck system.

E-Permits will not be printed on adhesive-backed material, so
hunters will need to provide a means of attaching them to harvested
game. Hunters are encouraged to put e-Permits inside zipper-type
sandwich bags and attach them to deer or turkeys with string,
twist-ties, wire, plastic cable ties or tape.

“Our change to e-Permits will also reduce costs as we phase out
software, hardware and special permit material used in the old
Point-of-Sale permit system,” said MDC Director Bob Ziehmer. “When
fully implemented, e-Permits will reduce the cost of issuing
permits by approximately $500,000 annually.”

For more information on e-Permits and how to buy them, visit
www.mdc.mo.gov/epermits.

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