Antler-Point Restrictions

Missouri counties map with antler point restrictions marked in brown

In the shaded areas on the map, only bucks that have
at least four antler points on one side of their rack may be
taken during the archery and firearms deer hunting seasons
(except the youth portions). The antler-point restriction
applies to portions of Cass, Franklin, Jefferson, and Platte
counties NOT included in the urban zones.

Counties with restrictions

  • Andrew, Atchison, Audrain,
  • Barton, Bates, Benton, Boone, Buchanan,
  • Caldwell, Camden, Carroll, Cedar, Clark, Clinton,
  • Daviess, DeKalb,
  • Gasconade, Gentry, Grundy,
  • Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howard,
  • Johnson,
  • Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston,
  • Maries, Marion, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery,
  • Nodaway,
  • Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski,
  • Ralls,  Ray,
  • Saline, St. Clair,
  • Vernon, Warren, and Worth

Portions of Cass, Franklin, Jefferson, and Platte counties NOT included in the urban zones are shown on the 2015 Firearms Deer Hunting page.

How to count points

Each of the following counts as a point:

  1. The end of the main beam
  2. An antler point, if it is at least 1 inch long
  3. Any broken tine that is at least 1 inch long
  4. The brow tine, if it is at least 1 inch long

image of antler diagram

Tines, main beams and brow tines all count as a point if they are at least 1-inch long. A buck with seven points is a legal deer in counties with antler-point restrictions.

Note: If you harvest a buck that has shed its antlers or broken the antlers off less then 3 inches from their base, record the harvest on Telecheck as an antlered buck with 0 points.


image of legal deerbuck with under 3in spikesbuck with 4pt
Does, button bucks and bucks with spikes less than 3 inches are legal to take on Antlerless or Any-Deer Permits; but for deer management, it is better to take does.


image of spike buck
Protected deer include all antlered deer (defined as having at least one antler 3 inches or longer) that do not have a minimum of at least four points on one side.
image of yearling buck

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