The Wildlife Code of Missouri protects our state's ecologically sensitive caves and the wildlife that depend on them. It is illegal to enter a conservation-area cave unless you have a special-use permit.
When you violate the Wildlife Code, the state assesses points against your hunting, trapping or fishing permits. You can lose your hunting, trapping and fishing privileges if you're assessed too many points.
The Wildlife Code of Missouri provides for the taking of wildlife during prescribed hunting and trapping seasons and under other circumstances, such as when wildlife is causing damage to property or when it threatens the safety of humans, livestock or pets.
The Wildlife Code of Missouri is available online as part of the Code of State Regulations and is published by the Missouri Secretary of State. Printed versions are available at permit vendors statewide.
It’s illegal to drive ATVs in Missouri’s streams unless …
You’re a landowner or lessee on land you own or lease.
You’re a farm worker.
You’re using your ATV on a crossing that is part of the highway system.
Violators could lose their fishing and hunting privileges!
Serving Nature and You
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature. Read more about our mission.