Hunters will be able to apply online to participate in this year's Columbia Bottom managed dove hunts. The Missouri Department of Conservation will not hold a managed youth dove hunt or a youth dove hunt clinic in 2020.
Dove hunting season is just around two months away, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will accept applications for managed dove hunts on one of its most popular dove hunting areas in the St. Louis region. Missouri’s statewide dove hunting season opens Sept. 1 and closes Nov. 29.
The managed dove hunt application period for Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake opens on July 1 and runs through July 31. All registrations for the 2020 season will be performed online at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z7V. The web page will be active starting July 1. No paper applications will be accepted.
Only one application per person will be accepted. Successful applicants will receive a daily hunting permit in the mail prior to August 25. Applicants may request weekends only or any day. At least 50 applicants will be selected by random drawing for each of the first seven days of the dove hunting season. Successful applicants will receive notification by mail.
For the first seven days of the season, dove hunting will only be permitted from 1 p.m. to sunset daily.
Each hunter may bring one hunting partner with them on the day of the hunt. All hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot when hunting doves at Columbia Bottom.
Hunters with disabilities may call 636-441-4554 to reserve the ADA field after being successfully drawn for the hunt. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.
“River levels remain high due to the continued release of water by upstream reservoirs from last year’s flood events and this spring’s heavy rainfalls,” said MDC Wildlife Biologist Jessi Tapp. “Any heavy rainfalls in the Midwest may result in floodwaters impacting our planted dove fields. We will notify successful applicants as soon as possible about any important changes or impacts to dove fields,” Tapp explained .
Tapp also said that MDC staff had to make a difficult decision to not hold a managed youth dove hunt or a youth dove hunt clinic this year. “Due to staff vacancies and uncertainties related to COVID-19, holding a youth clinic just isn’t logistically possible this year. We hope to resume this important youth outreach program in 2021, if conditions allow,” said Tapp .
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located at 801 Strodtman Road in north St. Louis County, at the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The area can be reached by taking the Riverview Drive Exit from I-270 and travelling north approximately three miles.