Duck Season Timing and Zones

Hunters help establish seasons and zones every five years

Every five years, the Missouri Department of Conservation hosts public workshops to gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the next five years. Participants have the opportunity to review long-term data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and discuss their season date and zone preferences with other hunters and Conservation staff. Hunter input gathered through the workshops, combined with hunter opinion surveys, is used to establish Missouri’s duck season dates and zones for the folowing five years.

Options for duck zones and split seasons

Duck zones aim to provide the best season dates for private and public land. Missouri has the opportunity to revise zones every five years, with possible options including the following:

  • A statewide season with no splits
  • No zones with up to two splits and three segments
  • Two zones with one split and two segments
  • Three zones with no splits

NOTE: A split season refers to a season that is open for a period of time, closes, and then reopens for a second period of time.

Zone boundaries represent a compromise

Given the range of hunter preferences, not all hunters will be completely satisfied with season dates and zone boundaries. Our aim is to accommodate at least a portion of most hunters’ desires.

Whether or not changes are recommended for a given five-year set of seasons will depend primarily upon hunter input. If most hunters from a particular region prefer a different season structure (zones and splits) or season dates, a change will likely be recommended. Otherwise, we will not recommend “change for the sake of change.” Regardless, we appreciate hunters' time and effort, which help us develop the best possible recommendation for Missouri duck hunters.

2011-2015 Zone Boundaries

North Zone: That portion of Missouri north of a line running west from the Illinois border at Lock and Dam 25; west on Lincoln County Hwy. N to Mo. Hwy. 79; south on Mo. Hwy. 79 to Mo. Hwy. 47; west on Mo. Hwy. 47 to I-70; west on I-70 to the Kansas border.

Middle Zone: The remainder of Missouri not included in other zones.

South Zone: That portion of Missouri south of a line running west from the Illinois border on Mo. Hwy. 74 to Mo. Hwy. 25; south on Mo. Hwy 25. to U.S. Hwy. 62; west on U.S. Hwy. 62 to Mo. Hwy. 53; north on Mo. Hwy. 53 to Mo. Hwy. 51; north on Mo. Hwy. 51 to U.S. Hwy. 60; west on U.S. Hwy. 60 to Mo. Hwy. 21; north on Mo. Hwy. 21 to Mo. Hwy. 72; west on Mo. Hwy. 72 to Mo. Hwy. 32; west on Mo. Hwy. 32 to U.S. Hwy. 65; north on U.S. Hwy. 65 to U.S. Hwy. 54; west on U.S. Hwy. 54 to U.S. Hwy. 71; south on U.S. Hwy. 71 to Jasper County Hwy. M; west on Jasper County Hwy. M to the Kansas border.

Key Messages: 
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.