2013 Archery Turkey Hunting

Season Dates:

  • September 15-November 15, 2013
  • November 27, 2013-January 15, 2014

Shooting hours

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

Valid permits

  • Resident or Nonresident Archer’s Hunting Permit
  • Resident Landowner Archer’s Hunting Permit

Season limit

  • Two turkeys of either sex. Both may be taken on the same day.

Point to remember

  • Archers hunting turkey during the archery season may not be in possession of a firearm. Some exceptions apply.

Methods allowed

  • Longbows, compound bows or recurve bows of any draw weight
  • 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
  • Hand-held string-releasing devices
  • Illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights

Methods prohibited

  • A bow fastened to a stock or other device that maintains the bow in a drawn position
  • Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game
  • Use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, electronically activated calls or live decoys

Bowhunters: We Need Your Help!

Please participate in the Bowhunter Observation Survey.

The Conservation Department needs bowhunters to record the deer, turkeys and furbearers they see while hunting. This information helps biologists gauge the health of wildlife populations and set hunting regulations.

It’s easy to participate. Just send an email to martha.mccrary@mdc.mo.gov. Write “Bowhunter Observation Survey” in the subject line, and don’t forget to include your name and mailing address. You can also send your name and address to:
Bowhunter Observation Survey
Missouri Department of Conservation
3500 East Gans Road
Columbia, MO 65201

We’ll send you a diary to record the deer, turkeys and furbearers you see while bowhunting. At the end of the season, drop the postage-paid diary in the mail. Once Conservation Department biologists tally the information, they’ll return your diary along with a summary of sightings for the entire state.

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