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Trout season opens at impoundments on February 1st at areas such as Kiwanis Lake in Plunkett Park. If you go fishing please remember several things. You must possess a valid fishing permit. Fishing permits will expire on February 28th and must be renewed by March 1st if you possess a 2012 permit at that time. If you possess trout, you must have a trout stamp. Do not ice fish on Kiwanis Lake or any lake maintained by the City of Mexico. The limit of trout is 4 per day per person and the possession limit is 8. Do not double dip your limit during the day as this is going over your daily limit.
The 2012-2013 deer season is complete with the end of archery season on January 15. The season over all was down in Audrain County and statewide. During the archery season, Missouri hunters took 53997 deer. This was down compared to last year’s harvest of 59493. Statewide high counties were Jefferson with 1211 deer, St. Louis with 1098 deer, and Camden with 1062 deer. Hunters in Audrain County harvested 291 deer. Last year hunters harvested 496 deer. Other nearby county harvest numbers were as follows: Boone, 721; Callaway, 967; Monroe, 428; Montgomery, 452; Pike, 679; Ralls, 367; and Randolph, 275.
The end of January and February also brings about the end of several seasons. Furbearer and Canada goose season ends on the 31st of January. Rabbit and squirrel seasons are over on the 15th of February. Several seasons continue and another begins. Coyote and beaver seasons continue until 3/31. Otter and muskrat trapping continue until 2/20. Otters and bobcats must be tagged or checked by an agent of the by April 10th.
A hunter education class has been set up for Audrain County at the VFW Hall for 15th and 16th of March. On the 15th, the class will start at 6 pm and last until 9pm and on the 16th, the class will start at 8 am and last until 5 pm. You can register for the class at Http://www.missouriconservation.com.