2013 Firearms Deer Hunting

Missouri's firearms deer hunting season is made up of the following portions that provide hunters with many opportunities to take deer while helping to maintain a healthy deer population.

  • Urban zones: Oct. 11-14 only in selected areas
  • Early youth: Nov. 2-3 statewide
  • November: Nov.16-26 statewide
  • Antlerless: Nov. 27-Dec. 8 only in selected areas
  • Alternative Methods: Dec. 21-31 statewide
  • Late youth: Jan. 4-5, statewide

Season Limit

  • Each hunter may take only one antlered deer during the firearms deer season (all portions combined). If you want to take additional antlered deer, you must hunt on an archer’s hunting permit during the archery season or on a managed hunt permit during a managed hunt.
  • All hunters may purchase any number of permits to take antlerless deer, but some county restrictions apply.

Shooting Hours

  • One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Valid Permits

  • Resident or Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit
  • Resident or Nonresident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit
  • Resident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit
  • Resident Landowner Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit

Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How many firearms antlerless permits can you use?
A. The number you can fill depends on the counties in which you hunt.
Q. When can these permits be used?
A. They can be used during all portions of the firearms deer season, except in areas that are closed during the urban zones and antlerless portions.

Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits are valid as follows:


                                  Firearms Deer Map

  •     Any number of firearms antlerless deer hunting permits may be filled. Resident landowners and lessees with at least 75 acres may receive two no-cost Landowner Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits and can also fill any number of purchased antlerless permits.
  • NEW.     Two firearms antlerless deer hunting permits may be filled in these counties. Resident landowners and lessees with at least 75 acres may receive and fill two no-cost Landowner Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits and can also fill two purchased antlerless permits.
  •     One firearms antlerless deer hunting permit may be filled in these counties. Resident landowners and lessees with at least 75 acres may receive and fill one no-cost Landowner Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit and can also fill one purchased antlerless permit.
  •     Antlerless deer may only be taken on an any-deer permit. No firearms antlerless deer hunting permits may be filled except, qualifying landowners may receive one no-cost antlerless permit, which they must fill on their land.

Methods Allowed

Methods allowed during all portions of the firearms deer season, except the alternative methods portion:

  • Centerfire pistols, revolvers or rifles using expanding-type bullets. Legal ammunition includes lead bullets, copper bullets and bullets made of other material designed to expand.
  • Shotguns (including .410) with slugs only
  • Air-powered guns, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high compression power source (external hand pump, air tank, or air compressor)
  • Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms, .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge; in-lines and scopes are allowed.
  • Multiple-barreled muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms and/or muzzleloading or cap-and-ball handguns, including revolvers, .40 caliber or larger, are allowed and may be carried in addition to a muzzleloading or cap-and-ball rifle.
  • Longbows, compound bows or recurve bows of any draw weight; hand-held string releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights are allowed.
  • Crossbows
  • Atlatls, which are defined as a rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet long

Methods prohibited (in use or in possession)

  • Self-loading firearms with capacity of more than 11 cartridges in magazine and chamber combined
  • Ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot)
  • Full hard metal case projectiles
  • Fully automatic firearms
  • Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game
  • Electronic calls or electronically activated calls

Portions

Antlerless Portion


          Antlerless Portion Map. Open areas marked in orange.

Any hunter with a firearms deer hunting permit of any type (except a Managed Deer Hunting Permit) may take antlerless deer in counties and parts of counties that are open during this portion of the season. Note: Landowner Any-Deer and Antlerless Deer Permits are valid only on the property for which they are issued.

Season dates

Nov. 27 – Dec. 8 only in open areas. See the urban zones map for boundaries of Christian, Franklin and Jefferson counties.

Methods

  • All legal deer hunting methods are allowed.

Urban zones portion


                 Urban Zones (marked in orange)

Hunters must abide by all city and county ordinances regarding trespass and use of equipment. Local governments may restrict the methods allowed for hunting. For example, some cities allow only archery methods. Call your local city hall and check local ordinances before you hunt.

Note: Only antlerless deer may be harvested during the urban zones portion.

Season dates

  • Oct. 11 – 14 only in open areas, see map

Methods

  • All legal deer hunting methods listed are allowed by the Conservation Department to take antlerless deer in open zones. However, if a local government does not allow a certain method, you must hunt using only the methods allowed in that area.


St. Louis Urban Deer Hunting

Kansas City Urban Deer Hunting

Springfield Area Urban Deer Hunting

Columbia/Jefferson City Urban Deer Hunting

The Missouri Department of Conservation will join with the Conservation Federation of Missouri and community sponsors to cover the costs of all whole deer donated to the Share the Harvest program during the urban zone portion. For a list of participating processors, contact your regional Conservation Department office.

St. Louis urban zone

  • All of St. Charles and St. Louis counties
  • Portion of Franklin County north and east of a line from Highway 47 south to Highway 50, east to Interstate 44, east to Highway O, east to Highway NN, south on NN to the Jefferson County line
  • Portion of Jefferson County north of a line from Highway NN to Highway 30, east to Highway MM, east to Highway M, east to U.S. 61, south to Glaize Creek, east to the Mississippi River

Kansas City urban zone

  • Portion of Platte County south of Hwy 92
  • Portion of Cass County north of Route 2
  • All portions of Clay and Jackson counties

Springfield urban zone

  • All of Greene County
  • Portion of Christian County north of a line from Lawrence County, east on Route 14 to Highway 125, north on Highway 125 to the Greene County line

Columbia/Jefferson City urban zone

  • Portion of Boone County south of a line that runs from the Howard County line east on Hwy. EE to Hwy J to Wilhite Road to Hwy E to Akeman Bridge Road to Hwy VV to Hinton Road to Calvert Hill Road to McGee Road to Hwy B to Mount Zion Church Road to Timmons Road to Marshall Lane to the Audrain County Line
  • Portion of Cole County north of a line from Moniteau County east on U.S. 50 to Route D to U.S. 54 to Route E to Route B to Route M to U.S. 50 to the Cole-Osage County line

Note: Hunters must abide by local ordinances regarding trespass and use of equipment.

Youth portion

To participate, the youth hunter must be at least 6 and no older than 15 on the season opening day.

Season dates

  • Nov. 2–3 statewide
  • Jan. 4–5 statewide

Season limit

Early youth portion

  • One deer, which may be of either sex

Note: Only 1 deer can be taken. If you have more than one permit, you must use them in another portion.

Late youth portion:

Youth can take deer according to the permits they hold, however:

  • Only one antlered deer may be taken during the entire firearms deer season. So if the youth has already taken one antlered deer during one of the other portions of the firearms deer season, he or she may not take another during this portion.
  • Any number of permits may be purchased to take antlerless deer, but some county restrictions apply. See map.

Methods

  • All legal deer hunting methods listed are allowed.

Note: The antler-point restriction does not apply during the youth portions. However, it does apply during the rest of the season.

Valid permits for both youth portions

  • Resident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit (if hunting on qualifying land)
  • Resident Landowner Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit (if hunting on qualifying land)
  • Resident or Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit
  • Resident or Nonresident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit

If the youth is not hunter-education certified, he or she must hunt in the immediate presence of a qualifying mentor.

Scheduling youth hunts

One of the goals of the Conservation Department is to provide quality hunting opportunities for Missouri’s youth. The Department strives to minimize conflicts among various youth hunts and holidays, but conflicts are inevitable for a number of reasons.

  • The special youth hunting seasons must be held on weekends so youth can participate without missing school.
  • There are many opportunities for fall and winter youth hunting seasons, including those for deer (early and late), pheasant and quail, and waterfowl (in three different zones); but the number of weekends available is limited.
  • Youth hunting seasons are typically scheduled prior to the opening of the “regular” season to maximize the chance of successful harvest.
  • Several holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, occur within the relatively brief time available for fall and winter hunting.

November portion

The November portion allows hunters using all legal deer hunting methods an opportunity to harvest a deer.

Season dates

  • Nov. 16–26 statewide

Methods

  • All legal deer hunting methods listed are allowed.

Alternative Methods portion

Season dates

  • Dec. 21–31 statewide

Methods

  • Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge; in-lines and scopes are allowed.
  • Multiple-barreled muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms and/or muzzleloading or cap-and-ball handguns, including revolvers, .40 caliber or larger, are allowed and may be carried in addition to a muzzleloading or cap-and-ball rifle.
  • Centerfire pistols or revolvers using expanding-type bullets; legal ammunition includes lead bullets, copper bullets and bullets made of other material designed to expand.
  • Air-powered guns, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high compression power source (external hand pump, air tank or air compressor)
  • Longbows, compound bows or recurve bows of any draw weight; hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights are allowed.
  • Crossbows
  • Atlatls, which are defined as a rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet long

Hunting Other Game During the Firearms Deer Hunting Season

If you hunt small game during the firearms deer season, you must have a small game permit or exemption. Before taking small game and furbearers, be sure the season is open for that particular animal.

During the November and antlerless portions of the firearms deer season from Nov. 16–26 statewide and Nov. 27–Dec. 8 in open counties, other wildlife may be hunted only with a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire or a shotgun and shot not larger than No. 4. However, this does not apply to waterfowl hunters, trappers, landowners on their own land, or lessees on land they lease and live on.

During daylight hours from Nov. 1–26 statewide and also Nov. 27–Dec. 8 in counties open during the antlerless portion, furbearers may not be chased, pursued or taken with the aid of dogs.

During daylight hours of the November portion of the firearms deer hunting season from Nov. 16–26, squirrels and rabbits may not be chased, pursued or taken with the aid of dogs in Butler, Carter, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon or Wayne counties.

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