Morning Draw Procedure

Reservation Parties

  • The reservation holder must check in before official draw time and present a valid photo I.D. (unless they are under 16 years of age) to verify Missouri residency. Staff will confirm your reservation by referring to the reservation holder list and check off your name to ensure arrival before “official draw time."
  • Reservations will not be honored if you have not checked in by official draw time.
  • During the check-in procedure, the reservation holder will give the completed Waterfowl Hunting Tags for each member of their party to the employee conducting the drawing. Reservation holders may elect to forfeit their reservation, sign the waiting list sign-up sheet and draw in the “poor line”. A reservation holder may NOT draw in the Reservation drawing, forfeit the pill, then sign the waiting list and draw in the poor line.

Waiting List Parties in the "Poor Line"

  • One member from each party drawing in the poor line must sign the waiting list sign-in sheet prior to official draw time. The member that plans to draw must collect the Waterfowl Hunting Tags (filled out completely) for each member in the party prior to coming to the window to draw.
  • The maximum party size is four hunters, and each hunting party member must be properly licensed.
  • Non-hunting, unlicensed observers may NOT participate in the drawing. However, up to three observers may be included as part of a four-person party (as long as the party member that is drawing is properly licensed). All observers and hunting, or non-hunting youth count toward the maximum party size of four.

Drawing Procedure

  • Prior to official draw time, Area Staff will ask if one member from each party has signed the waiting list sign-in sheet (excluding Reservation Holders) and double check to see if all of the reservation holders that are present have checked in. At official draw time, staff will announce “registration is officially closed” and take the waiting list sign-in sheet behind the counter. At this time, the morning speech will begin, and no additional names will be added to the waiting list. Parties not signed up on the waiting list will not be allowed to draw.
  • Area Staff will then count the number of signatures on the sign-in sheet (Example: 40 signatures = 40 parties) to determine the number of pills to add to the box.
  • The number added will equal the number of signatures on the waiting list sign-in sheet (in this example, 40) plus 3 (to allow for error). Staff will give reservation holders their appropriate pill number. Any unclaimed reservation pills will be added to the box as well. Staff will add the appropriate number of pills—no more, no less—to the box (Example: 40 + 3 – {any unclaimed reservation pills} = 43 pills).
  • After the morning speech, one member from each poor line party must collect the Waterfowl Hunting Tags (filled out completely) for each member in the party and come to the window to draw a pill.
  • A party can request to forfeit their pill immediately after they have drawn if the party wishes. If a party chooses to forfeit their pill no member of that party may draw a second time or be added to another party. 
  • For a party member running late, a completed Waterfowl Hunting Tag must be submitted for that member when the party draws a pill. Area Staff need to be notified of this situation prior to drawing a pill.
  • After everyone has drawn, Area Staff will announce a “last call to draw.” Once everyone has drawn, Staff will announce the “draw is officially closed.”

Post-Draw Allocation of Hunting Locations

  • Beginning with the lowest number first, area staff will proceed to issue hunting locations by calling forward the party with the lowest number drawn and allow them to pick a hunting location. This process continues until all parties have selected a hunting location OR until all hunting locations are allocated for that day.

Disabled-Accessible Hunting Blinds

  • Parties registered to hunt in disabled-accessible blinds may be processed as soon as possible so as to minimize crowding and confusion.
  • Party members registered to hunt a disabled-accessible blind are not eligible to participate drawing procedure unless they first forfeit their disabled-accessible blind reservation.

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