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2014-2015 Managed Hunts

Missouri offers numerous managed deer hunts for archery, crossbow, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January. Hunters are selected by a weighted random drawing.

Limit

One managed deer hunting permit allows you to take the number of deer allowed at the hunt you are attending. Deer taken at a managed hunt do not count toward your archery or firearms season limits.

Limit Code Definitions
Code Definition
A 1 antlerless deer
B 1 deer of either sex
C 2 deer, but only 1 antlered
D 2 deer, but only 1 antlered must take and check in antlerless deer before taking antlered deer
E 2 anterless deer
F 3 deer, but only 1 antlered
G 3 deer, but only 1 antlered; must take and check in 1 antlerless deer before taking antlered deer
H 3 deer, but only 1 antlered; must take and check in 2 antlerless deer before taking antlered deer
I 3 antlerless deer
J 3 deer, but only 1 antlered which may not be harvested on the first day, also must take and check in 2 antlerless deer before taking antlered deer
K 1 antlered deer
L Managed hunt permits are not available for this hunt. You must purchase firearms permits and abide by firearms season limits. Deer taken at this hunt count toward your firearms season limit.

 

Points to remember

  • You may apply for only one managed deer hunt each year. If you apply for more than one, you will be disqualified from this year's drawing and will not receive a preference point.
  • Youth who apply for a youth-only hunt may not also apply for a regular managed deer hunt.
  • If you cannot attend, another hunter cannot take your place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn may attend.
  • Individuals not drawn for a managed deer hunt may not accompany a hunter who was successfully drawn.
  • Some managed hunts require hunters to attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation. If you cannot attend the orientation,
    do not apply for these hunts.
  • If you have a methods exemption, you may use a crossbow in an archery managed deer hunt.
  • If you apply as one of a party on the application or as an individual, your chances of being drawn for a managed deer hunt are the same as everyone else's.
  • If you are not drawn for a managed hunt this year, you will earn one preference point that will increase your odds the next time you apply.
  • ATVs are prohibited on managed deer hunting areas.
  • If you have a medical condition that limits your mobility, please contact the manager of the area on which you want to hunt before applying for a managed hunt. Some areas may not have the access you require, and you may want to apply for a hunt on a different area.
  • Most conservation areas remain open to the public during managed hunts.
  • Visit the Managed Deer Hunt Summaries page for a summary of how many people applied for previous year’s hunts and how many deer were taken.
  • If you cannot attend, another hunter cannot take your place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn may attend.

Valid permits

  • Resident Managed Deer Hunting Permit. A single permit allows you to take the number of deer allowed at the hunt you are attending. Permits are available beginning Sept. 2 to successful managed hunt applicants.
    Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17
    Age 11–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50
  • Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit. A single permit allows you to take the number of deer allowed at the hunt you are attending. Permits are available beginning Sept. 2 to successful managed hunt applicants.
    Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$225
    Age 11–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50

When to apply

  • July 1–July 31
  • Note: The application timeframe has been shortened so hunters have more time to be notified of their selection for early-season managed hunts.

Who can apply

You must be 11 or older by the date of the hunt. Youth hunters may apply singly or with one other youth hunter for youth-only hunts, but not as a group. If applying for any other hunt, hunters may apply individually or as a group of up to six.

To apply as a party, complete the following steps

Step 1: Designate one member of your group to go to the Apply for Managed Deer Hunts application listed under MDC Applications below. That person must have the following information:

  • The hunt number for the managed hunt
  • The Conservation ID number of each hunter in the group. A Social Security number is not the same as a Conservation ID number. Your Conservation ID number is located on the back of your Conservation Heritage Card and on your permit. If you need an ID number, call 573-751-4115 during regular business hours to have one assigned.

Important: To ensure that your preference point earned last year is used, be sure to use the same Conservation ID number you used last year. For future reference, print your confirmation page and save it.

Step 2: Complete the following worksheet before going online so you will have all the information ready.

Managed Deer Hunt Application Work Sheet

Hunt No.: ___ ___ ___

Method: ______________________________________

Location: _____________________________________

Date: ______________________

Hunter Conservation I.D. number(s) (nine-digit number on your hunting or fishing permit, or on the back of your Conservation Heritage Card below the bar code) Use the same number you used last year.:

1. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 4. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

2. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 5. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

3. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 6. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Step 3: Go to the Apply for Managed Deer Hunts application listed under MDC Applications below and enter your prepared information. If you have correctly entered all the required information, you will see or hear a message confirming your application.

Step 4: Print out or write down your confirmation number to save for future reference.

To find out if you’ve been selected

From Sept. 2 through Dec. 31, go to Managed Deer Hunt Results listed below. Be prepared to enter your Conservation ID number (the same ID number you used when you applied) when you check the drawing results. You also must provide your same Conservation ID number when you buy your managed deer hunting permit.

All successful applicants will receive in the mail an area map and other information regarding the hunt. We must have your correct address so you will receive the information you need. If your address has changed, contact your local Department office during regular business hours.

Successful applicants can purchase their permit beginning Sept. 2 wherever permits are sold.

Wheelchair-confined hunters

Any hunter permanently confined to a wheelchair is automatically allowed to participate in managed deer hunts at:

  • August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
  • Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area
  • Caney Mountain Conservation Area
  • James A. Reed Wildlife Area
  • Peck Ranch Conservation Area

These hunts are part of the Managed Deer Hunt Program but are not limited to disabled hunters. Mail a written request by July 31 indicating hunt preference along with a physician’s statement to the Jefferson City address, Attn: Managed Deer Hunts.

Each disabled hunter may be accompanied by an attendant/care-giver while hunting, but that person may not hunt unless he or she has applied and was successfully drawn for the same hunt. Wheelchair-confined hunters may participate in more than one managed deer hunt, but must purchase a managed deer hunting permit for each hunt they attend.

Disabled Youth-Only Firearms (1 hunt — centerfire, shotguns with slugs, air-powered guns only)
Location County Date # of hunters drawn Limit Mandatory pre-hunt orientation
Mingo NWR (573-222-3589) Stoddard Nov. 1–2 5 B Oct. 18 or Oct. 31
Disabled Firearms (10 hunts — centerfire, shotguns with slugs, air-powered guns only)
Location County Date # of hunters drawn Limit Mandatory pre-hunt orientation
Camp Crowder U.S. Army Training Site
(573-638-9517)
Newton Oct. 18–19 6 C Oct. 17
Clarence Cannon NWR (573-847-2333) Pike Oct. 18–19 9 F Oct. 18
Clarence Cannon NWR (573-847-2333) Pike Jan. 3–4 5 J Jan. 3
Mingo NWR — Wounded Warriors
(573-222-3589)
Stoddard Nov. 4–5 4 C  
Ozark National Scenic Riverways —
Big Spring Area Wounded Warrior
Mobility-Impaired Hunt1 (573-323-4941)
Carter Nov. 8–9 10 C Nov. 7
Smithville Lake ML (816-389-3947) Clay/Clinton Nov. 22–23 60 C  
Stockton Lake ML (417-276-3113) Cedar/Dade Nov. 8–9 25 C  
Swan Lake NWR
Apply Online
(660-856-3323)
Chariton Nov. 1–2 10 B  
Stockton Lake ML (417-276-3113) Cedar/Dade Nov. 8–9 25 C  
Truman Lake ML (660-438-7317) Benton/St. Clair Nov. 8–9 25 F  
Wappapello Lake ML (573-222-8562) Wayne Oct. 18–19 25 B  
Disabled Muzzleloading or Cap-and-Ball Firearms Only (4 hunts — in-lines and scopes are allowed)
Location County Date # of hunters drawn Limit Mandatory pre-hunt orientation
Clearwater Lake ML (573-223-7777) Wayne/Reynolds Oct. 18–19 3 B  
Clearwater Lake ML — Wounded Warriors
(573-223-7777)
Wayne/Reynolds Oct. 25–26 3 B  
Mingo NWR (573-222-3589) Stoddard Dec. 13-14 5 C Dec. 12
Squaw Creek NWR (660-442-3187) Holt Dec. 13–14 8 C  
Disabled Historic Methods (1 hunt — muzzleloader, cap-and-ball, long/recurve/compound/crossbow, or atlatl only)
Location County Date # of hunters drawn Limit Mandatory pre-hunt orientation
Bois D’Arc CA (417-742-4361) Greene Oct. 11–12 12 B Oct. 10
Disabled Muzzleloading, Shotgun, or Long/Recurve/Compound Bow
(1 hunt — crossbow allowed only with a Hunter Method Exemption)
Location County Date # of hunters drawn Limit Mandatory pre-hunt orientation
Mark Twain Lake ML (573-735-4097) Ralls/Monroe Nov. 22–23 35 L  

Youth-only managed hunts

To apply for a youth-only managed hunt, you must be 11 to 15 years old at the time of the hunt. If you are drawn to participate, you must:

  • Obtain hunter-education certification before the managed hunt or pre-hunt orientation (if orientation is required);
  • Purchase a Resident or Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit;
  • Be accompanied by an adult sponsor (age 18 or older) who is hunter-education certified or exempt, and has a filled or unfilled firearms deer hunting permit; and
  • Attend a pre-hunt orientation with your adult sponsor at some locations.

Note: Hunter-education certification is not required to apply for a managed hunt, but must be achieved before the hunt. Minimum age to enroll in a hunter-education course is 11. Adult sponsors born before Jan. 1, 1967, are exempt from the hunter-education requirement.

 

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