Comment on Deer Management

2016-17 Missouri Deer Hunting Season - Potential Regulation Changes

Comment on Deer Regulation Changes for the 2016-2017 Deer Season Under Consideration

During the summer of 2014, the Department gathered public input on the plan and proposed regulations changes using quantitative scientific surveys of deer hunters, and 14 open houses conducted around the state to gather public comment, along with a designated web page to collect comments. A total of almost 4,000 comments were received from open houses, online and through Department offices.

As a result of public input consistent with biological considerations, six regulation changes are being considered. From February through April 2015, the Department will be collecting public comments regarding the deer regulation changes that are currently under consideration through open houses and online.

Summary of Changes for the 2016-2017 Deer Season under Consideration:

Firearms Season Changes

  • Maintain the current timing of the November portion and reduce the length to 9-days
  • Expand the late youth portion to 3-days beginning the first Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Reduce the length of the antlerless portion to 3-days and begin on the first Friday in December
  • Eliminate the urban zones portion

Archery Season Changes

  • Allow crossbows as a legal method during the archery deer and turkey season
  • Reduce the limit of antlered deer during the archery season to 1

Conservation Area Regulations

  • Simplify conservation area regulations by limiting methods and use of firearms and archery antlerless permits

For additional background information on the 2016-2017 deer season changes under consideration, read this summary or watch the video.

Be informed and get involved. Learn more and share comments below or mail your comments to Missouri Department of Conservation, Attn: Policy Coordination, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Regional Open Houses

MDC will hold open houses around the state to explain the proposed changes and gather public feedback. Stop by anytime between 5 p.m.–8 p.m. to ask questions of MDC staff, get more information, and give feedback on the proposed regulations. There will be no formal presentation at the open houses.

  • February 24 – MDC Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs
  • February 26 – MDC Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood
  • March 3 – MDC Springfield Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way in Springfield
  • March 5 – West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. in West Plains
  • March 10 – MDC Cape Girardeau Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau
  • March 12 – MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore in Kirksville
  • March 16 – MDC Central Regional Office, 3500 E. Gans Road in Columbia and
  • March 31 – MDC Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive in St. Joseph.

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Deer Management Comments

Send us your feedback on the Department's deer management plan, regulation considerations, and other deer management issues.

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Deer Management Plan

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This plan outlines four primary goals that incorporate the current priorities for deer management in Missouri.

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Read this 8-page summary of deer season regulations under consideration.

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We asked for your input on deer management in 2014. Here's what you told us.

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