Upper Mississippi CA Online Blind Drawing

The Upper Mississippi Conservation Area includes federal lands along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. These federal lands include Pools 24, 25, and 26 and consist of 87 separate tracts totaling 12,500 acres between Melvin Price Lock and Dam and LaGrange, Missouri.

In June 2018, all blind draws for the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area restricted waterfowl hunting zone will be conducted by an electronic draw.

Online blind drawing process

The main drawing for Upper Mississippi Conservation Area waterfowl blinds will be held every other year, on even years. The timeline of the drawing process is described below.

1. Applicant Registration

Applicants register for the drawing by entering their conservation ID number, an email address, and phone number. They can then apply for blinds by choosing any combination of these three options:

  • Enter an ordered list of up to 30 preferred blind sites
  • Select any blind site available in one specific pool (Pools 24, 25, or 26)
  • Select any blind site available in any of the three pools (Pools 24, 25, and 26)

See the process timeline below for dates that the application is open.

2. Drawing

After the random drawing is performed, successful applicants will be notified via email. See the process timeline below for the date of the drawing.

NOTE: Successful applicants may only be assigned to one blind site.

How does the drawing work?
  1. The system will randomly draw a name from the list of applicants.
  2. The system will first check to see if the applicant entered a list of preferred blind sites.  If so, the system will check to see if any of the preferred blind sites are still available and will move down the applicant’s list in preferred order until an available preferred blind site is assigned.
  3. If none of the applicant’s preferred blind site choices are available, and the applicant also chose the option of a random blind site in a specific pool (or the applicant only applied for a random blind site in a specific pool), the system will then check for available blind sites in the specific pool selected and assign the first available blind site.
  4. If there are no longer available blind sites in the specific pool selected, and the applicant also chose the option of a random blind site in any pool (or the applicant only applied for a random blind site in any pool), the system will then check for available blind sites in any of the pools and assign the first available blind site.
  5. Once all the blind sites have been assigned, the draw will be completed.

3. Co-registrant Selection

Successful applicants may choose up to 3 hunters (co-registrants) to occupy the blind site with them. Successful applicants are notified by email if they are drawn, and they will have 10 days to enter their selected co-registrants’ conservation ID numbers in the draw system. Instructions will be included in the email notification. During the co-registrant process, the successful applicants must also designate which type of hunting blind they will use at their blind site.  Hunters are able to select permanent blind, boat blind, or temporary blind. At any point in the process, hunters can change their blind type by contacting the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area office (contact info at bottom). See the process timeline below for co-registrant selection dates.

NOTE: Blind site holders and co-registrants may only be assigned to one blind site.

4. Reallocation Drawing

Successful applicants also have the option to relinquish their blind site. A reallocation drawing will be held to allocate those relinquished blind sites. The reallocation drawing works like the original drawing (see How does the drawing work? above) with a list of relinquished blind sites. Applicants must go online and re-enter their information to participate in the reallocation drawing. The reallocation drawing will take place every year if there are relinquished blind sites available, and will only take place once per year. If there are still unassigned blind sites after the reallocation drawing, those sites will be open for hunting, but a permanent blind may not be constructed on those sites. See the process timeline below for reallocation draw date.

Requirements to apply

All applicants need to have the proper permits, a conservation ID number, an email address, and a phone number to register.

Permit requirements

  • All applicants must be at least 16 years old
  • If you are between age 16 and 64 you are required to have a current annual Resident or Nonresident Small Game Hunting Permit and a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit (available May 1)
  • If you are a Missouri Resident age 65 or over, or a disabled veteran, you only need to have a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit

Purchase permits online

Upper Mississippi Blind Drawing Online Application Process Timeline
Blind Drawing Process Dates Open
Applicant Registration June 2-17, 2018
Drawing Held June 19, 2018
Co-registrant Selection June 22-July 6, 2018
Reallocation Drawing Registration
(Redraw will be held if blinds are relinquished.)
August 13-19, 2018
Reallocation Drawing Held
(Redraw will be held if blinds are relinquished.)
August 21, 2018
Reallocation Drawing Co-registrant Selection
(Redraw will be held if blinds are relinquished.)
August 24-31, 2018

* A reallocation drawing will not be held if no blinds are relinquished after the main drawing.

For more information

Visit the Department’s waterfowl hunting information or the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunting Information. For information on Pools 24, 25, or 26, contact Gary Calvert at the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area office at 573-898-5905 ext. 1890 or at Gary.Calvert@mdc.mo.gov.

Need help?

If you are trying to apply for a blind and are having difficulty, call the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area at 573-898-5905 or the St. Louis Regional Office at 636-441-4554. 

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