Hunters question Elk Chute Drainage District on area closing

District hosts meeting for Hunters

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - A group of Dunklin County hunters were seeking answers Tuesday as to why a popular hunting spot in the Missouri Bootheel was being blocked off.

The Elk Chute Drainage District held a meeting at the Kennett Palace Theater to learn more as to why the area was closed and gave hunters an opportunity to vent. The levee is blocked off from Highway 164 to Highway TT, while hunters are hoping that the district will consider some of their ideas to keep some of the gates open.

Officials with the district have said the gates were put in place due to illegal activity, trash dumping and people driving on the levee, adding to the cost of upkeep.

However, hunters at the meeting said they are hoping for a happy medium including not blocking off the whole area.

Paul Combs, a member of the board for the district, said officials are working with the Missouri Department of Conservation to come up with a solution to allow access to the area while maintaining the integrity of the levees.

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