COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.
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The records: The Missouri Department of Conservation makes available data on the number of deer hunting permits applied for and granted each year. The information is categorized by type of weapon and location, with numbers showing how many permits were applied for and how many were granted. These records also provide the dates during which hunting was allowed at each site.
Why you'd want them: The records give hunters an idea of which locations will give them the best chance at getting a permit. They also provide nonhunters information on which locations will have hunters present on specific dates, which could lead to improved safety.
Where you get the records: Go to mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/hunting-outlooks-and-reports/deer-reports/managed-deer-hunt-summaries/managed-deer-3
How much it will cost: The information is free.