Browse Missouri deer-hunting topics, including managed hunts, regulations, seasons, hunting areas, hunting tips, field dressing, tree-stand safety, and more.

Comment on Deer Management

We value your input! Browse discussion topics and comment on the Department's deer management.

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2015-2016 Managed Hunts

Missouri offers many managed deer hunts for archery, crossbow, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through January.

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Managed Hunts: Selection Process

Weighted random drawing increases the odds for future managed hunts.

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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.

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Deer Seasons

Find the dates for all upcoming deer seasons.

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Deer-Hunting Tips

Browse tips for safe, successful Missouri deer hunting using firearms or archery methods.

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Tree Stand Safety

Follow these safety tips to avoid getting hurt when you hunt from elevated tree stands.

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Urban Deer Hunting

With a little research and hard work, Missouri's metro-area hunters can successfully find a close-to-home hunting spot.

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Share the Harvest

Donate your surplus Missouri venison to the needy. Find an approved processor or start a Share the Harvest program in your area.

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Deer Diseases

Learn about a few of the more common parasites and unusual conditions that people, especially hunters, might observe in deer: chronic wasting disease, cutaneous fibromas, hemorrhagic disease, Lyme disease, nasal bot flies and tapeworms.

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Deer Hunting Preparations

Prepare for a successful deer hunt. Browse tips on finding a place to hunt, ordering maps, and choosing a weapon, clothing, and field-dressing equipment.

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Field Dressing

Proper care and processing of your deer right after you've harvested it ensures quality meat.

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Proper Deer Carcass Disposal

Help control the spread of chronic wasting disease in Missouri. Practice proper deer carcass processing, transport, and disposal.

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Missouri Deer Hunting History

Learn how conservation and carefully regulated hunting seasons helped restore great deer hunting to Missouri.

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Biologist secure a deer as they draw blood and outfit it with a GPS collar

Deer Research Project

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri are working together to research white-tail deer survival, reproduction, and movement patterns in two parts of Missouri.

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