PRESS RELEASE: St. Charles, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will open the 2020 registration for hunting blind sites on the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area restricted waterfowl hunting zone from June 20-July 5. All blind site draws will be conducted electronically. The random electronic drawing to award the blind sites will be held July 7. After the drawing is performed, successful applicants will be notified via email. Applicants may only be assigned to one blind site. From July 10-24, those applicants may choose up to three co-registrants to occupy the blind site with them.

A waterfowl hunter in complete camo looks out over a marsh before sunrise.

Registration for 2020 Upper Mississippi Waterfowl Blind Drawings will be open from June 20-July 5. Waterfowl hunters can enter online for the drawing that will be held on July 7.

All applicants need to obtain proper hunting permits, a conservation ID number, an email address, and a phone number to register. In addition:

  • All applicants must be at least 16 years old
  • Those between age 16 and 64 are required to have a current annual resident or nonresident Small Game Hunting Permit and a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit
  • Any honorably discharged military veteran having a service-related disability of sixty percent (60%) or greater, or was a prisoner of war during military service, or any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or a military medical center, will only need a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit.
  • Missouri resident hunters age 65 or over only need to have a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit

For more information, call the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area at 573-898-5905, or the MDC St. Louis Regional Office at 636-441-4554.

For more details, to register for the drawing, and view interactive pool maps of the blind sites, go to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zh9.

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.