Hunting Regulations

What's New in 2014

  • Crossbows and atlatls may be used to hunt turkeys during the spring season. An atlatl is a rod used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5–8 feet in length.
  • The dates to apply for a managed deer hunt have changed.
2014 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Missouri's 2014 hunting and trapping regulations stay in effect from March 1, 2014, through February 28, 2015.

Deer Regulations

Browse Missouri deer-hunting regulations, including archery and firearms deer hunting, resident landowner permits, antler-point restrictions, deer-hunting on MDC conservation areas, and tagging procedures.

Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information

Find out what's new with fall deer and turkey hunting regulations this year. Download the annually updated Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

Hunter Education Requirement

Missouri's hunter education course is required for any hunter born on or after January 1, 1967. Learn what the course covers and where to take it, including an online option for the knowledge portion.

Hunting: General Provisions

Browse Missouri's general hunting rules and regulations, including wanton waste, legal firearms methods, and possessing, transporting, and storing wildlife.

Hunting Permit Information

Everyone who hunts or traps in Missouri must have an appropriate hunting or trapping permit or qualify for an exemption. Browse requirements and exceptions.

Nontoxic Shot Only Rule

Twenty-one Missouri conservation areas have a nontoxic-shot-only regulation for all hunting with a shotgun. Learn which areas carry this rule.

Regulations and Permits Definitions

Knowing regulations and permits definitions helps you abide by the Wildlife Code of Missouri.


Check your Missouri deer or turkey here. Hunting begins September 15.

Trapping Regulations

Know Missouri's trapping regulations before going afield.

Turkey Regulations

Browse Missouri's spring and fall turkey-hunting regulations, including how how to use Telecheck, tagging procedures, and the current summaries booklets.

Upland Game Bird Regulations

Browse permit requirements and regulations for hunting dove, pheasant, quail, waterfowl, and wild turkey in Missouri.

Waterfowl Regulations

Browse federal waterfowl regulations, Missouri's Waterfowl Hunting Digest, permit and stamp requirements, youth season regulations, and swan ID tips.