2004 Wildlife Code Changes

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Published on: Feb. 2, 2004

Last revision: Nov. 16, 2010

The purpose of the annual review is to determine whether the existing regulations continue to fulfill the mission of conserving the state's forest, fish and wildlife resources without unnecessarily regimenting or inconveniencing the public. When specific needs are identified, rule changes are recommended to the Missouri Conservation Commission for approval.

Rule changes that appear in the 2004 Wildlife Code, which is now available, become effective March 1, 2004, and are highlighted in this summary. Hunters, anglers and trappers are responsible for understanding the regulations before venturing afield.


  • New fees for resident hunting permits:
  • Resident Small Game Hunting Permit - $10
  • Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit - $17
  • Resident Fall Turkey Hunting Permit - $13
  • Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permit - $17
  • Resident Fishing Permit - $12
  • Daily Fishing Permit - $5.50 per day
  • Daily Small Game Hunting Permit - $11 per day


Any person ages 6 through 15 years old may purchase a Youth Deer & Turkey Hunting Permit without displaying a hunter education certificate card. Under this provision, a youth possessing this permit will be allowed to hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult who has a valid hunter education certificate card, or in the presence of a resident landowner, who may or may not have a hunter education certification card, on lands owned by the resident landowner, provided the resident landowner was born before Jan. 1, 1967. Previously, any adult accompanying a youth hunter during the youth deer and turkey season was required to possess a valid hunter education certificate card.


Feral hogs (any hog, including Russian and European wild boar, that is not conspicuously identified by ear tags or other forms of identification and is roaming freely upon public or private lands without the landowner's permission), may be taken in any number by any method without permit throughout most of the year. However, during all portions of the fall firearms deer and turkey hunting seasons, bait may not be used 10 days prior to or during the seaons, and hunters must possess a valid, unfilled firearms deer, turkey, or small game hunting permit and must abide by the methods of pursuit allowed for deer and turkey. During the November portion statewide and the antlerless-only portion in open units, dogs may not be used, and deer permittees may only use methods allowed for deer, and small game permittees may only use a shotgun with shot not larger

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