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2015-2016 Managed Hunts

Missouri offers numerous managed deer hunts for archery, crossbow, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January. Hunters are selected by a weighted random drawing.

Limit

One managed deer hunting permit allows you to take the number of deer allowed at the hunt you are attending. Deer taken at a managed hunt do not count toward your archery or firearms season limits.

Archery
(1 hunt - longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, or atlatl only)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
1 Bicentennial CA1 Newton Oct 31 - Nov 13 C 30 Oct 21
Archery without Atlatl
(2 hunts - longbow, recurve bow, or compound bow only)
# HuntName County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
2 Fellows Lake1,2 Greene Sep 26 - Nov 8 D 25 Sep 18
3 Lake Springfield1,2,7 Greene Nov 28 - Jan 3 G 15 Nov 19
Archery or Crossbow without Atlatl
(12 hunts - longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, or crossbow only)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
4 Blue and Gray CP2,3 Jackson Oct 24 - Nov 8 G 20  
5 Blue and Gray CP2,3 Jackson Dec 5 - Dec 20 G 20  
6 Blue River Parkway Zone 11,2,3 Jackson Oct 24 - Nov 8 G 15 Oct 17
7 Blue River Parkway Zone 21,2,3 Jackson Oct 24 - Nov 8 G 20 Oct 17
8 Blue River Parkway Zone 31,2,3 Jackson Oct 24 - Nov 8 G 10 Oct 17
9 Blue River Parkway Zone 41,2,3 Jackson Oct 24 - Nov 8 G 10 Oct 17
10 Blue Springs Lake CP1,2,3 Jackson Oct 31 - Nov 15 G 25 Oct 24
11 Blue Springs Lake CP1,2,3 Jackson Nov 28 - Dec 13 G 25 Nov 21
12 Jerry Smith Park / Saeger Woods CA1 Jackson Nov 2 - Jan 15 F 30 Oct 24
13 Landahl Park CP1,2,3 Jackson Nov 21 - Dec 3 G 25 Nov 7
14 Longview Lake CP2,3 Jackson Oct 24 - Nov 8 G 50  
15 Longview Lake CP2,3 Jackson Dec 5 - Dec 20 G 50  
Archery or Crossbow
(33 hunts - longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, crossbow, or atlatl only)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
16 August A. Busch CA2 St. Charles Sep 15 - Sep 27 C 150  
17 August A. Busch CA2 St. Charles Oct 10 - Oct 23 C 150  
18 August A. Busch CA2 St. Charles Dec 14 - Dec 31 C 300  
19 Burr Oak Woods CNC1 Jackson Nov 2 - Nov 6 C 9 Nov 1
20 Burr Oak Woods CNC1 Jackson Nov 9 - Nov 13 C 9 Nov 1
21 Burr Oak Woods CNC1 Jackson Nov 16 - Nov 20 C 9 Nov 1
22 Burr Oak Woods CNC1 Jackson Nov 23 - Nov 27 C 9 Nov 1
23 Caney Mountain CA Ozark Dec 5 - Dec 6 B 100  
24 Columbia Bottom CA2 St. Louis Nov 7 - Nov 15 C 40  
25 Columbia Bottom CA2 St. Louis Dec 19 - Dec 31 C 40  
26 Forest 44 CA St. Louis Oct 7 - Oct 21 C 75  
27 Forest 44 CA St. Louis Dec 1 - Dec 31 C 100  
28 James A Reed WA1,2,4 Jackson Nov 2 - Nov 13 D 50 Nov 1
29 Klamberg (Roger) Woods CA1 St. Louis Nov 10 - Nov 12 G 5 Nov 9
30 Marais Temps Clair CA St. Charles Sep 15 - Sep 27 B 20  
31 Marais Temps Clair CA St. Charles Oct 30 - Nov 9 B 20  
32 Otter Slough CA Stoddard Sep 15 - Sep 30 C 15  
33 Otter Slough CA Stoddard Oct 3 - Oct 18 C 15  
34 Otter Slough CA Stoddard Oct 24 - Nov 8 C 15  
35 Otter Slough CA Stoddard Nov 28 - Dec 13 C 15  
36 Otter Slough CA Stoddard Dec 26 - Jan 15 C 15  
37 Peck Ranch CA4 Carter/ Shannon Oct 24 - Oct 26 B 200  
38 Powder Valley CNC1 St. Louis Nov 7 - Nov 9 G 8 Nov 6
39 Rockwoods Range St. Louis Nov 1 - Nov 30 C 75  
40 Rockwoods Range St. Louis Dec 1 - Dec 31 C 75  
41 Rockwoods Reservation1 St. Louis Nov 9 - Nov 13 D 10 Nov 7
42 Rockwoods Reservation1 St. Louis Nov 16 - Nov 20 D 10 Nov 7
43 Rockwoods Reservation1  St. Louis Nov 30 - Dec 4 D 10 Nov 7
44 Rockwoods Reservation1  St. Louis Dec 7 - Dec 11 H 10 Nov 7
45 Weldon Spring CA2 St. Charles Sep 15 - Sep 27 C 150  
46 Weldon Spring CA2 St. Charles Oct 10 - Oct 23 C 150  
47 Weldon Spring CA2 St. Charles Dec 14 - Jan 15 C 300  
48 Whetstone Creek CA1 Callaway Oct 1 - Nov 8 C 50 Sep 26
Muzzleloading or Cap-and-Ball Firearms Only
(8 hunts - in-lines and scopes are allowed)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
49 Caney Mountain CA Ozark Oct 17 - Oct 19 B 250  
50 Current River SP Shannon Dec 19 - Dec 23 B 18  
51 Current River SP Shannon Dec 25 - Dec 29 B 18  
52 Forest 44 CA St. Louis Nov 9 - Nov 10 C 30  
53 Forest 44 CA St. Louis Nov 16 - Nov 17 C 30  
54 James A. Reed WA1,4 Jackson Nov 16 - Nov 20 D 40 Nov 16
55 Mingo NWR1 Stoddard/ Wayne Dec 5 - Dec 6 C 100 Dec 4
56 Peck Ranch CA4 Carter/ Shannon Dec 5 - Dec 6 B 200  
Historic Methods
(4 hunts - muzzleloader, cap-and-ball, long/recurve/compound/crossbow, atlatl only. In-lines and scopes are allowed.)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
57 August A. Busch CA St. Charles Nov 14 - Nov 16 E 100  
58 August A. Busch CA St. Charles Nov 21 - Nov 23 B 100  
59 Marais Temps Clair CA St. Charles Jan 1 - Jan 15 B 20  
60 Pelican Island NA St. Louis Nov 7 - Nov 9 G 80  
Shotguns
(2 hunts - with slugs only)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
61 Columbia Bottom CA St. Louis Nov 28 - Dec 4 B 20  
62 Marais Temps Clair CA St. Charles Oct 1 - Oct 14 B 20  
Shotguns, Muzzleloading or Cap-and-Ball Firearms Only
(1 hunt - slugs only with shotguns; in-lines and scopes are allowed)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
63 Weldon Spring U.S. Army Training Area1,4 St. Charles Dec 11 - Dec 13 C 30 Dec 10
Firearms
(15 hunts - centerfire, shotguns with slugs, air-powered guns only)
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
64 Atlanta CA Macon Nov 25 - Dec 6 E 20  
65 Clarence Cannon NWR1,4 Pike Jan 2 - Jan 3 D 12 Jan 2
66 Crowder SP Grundy Dec 12 - Dec 13 H 100  
67 Cuivre River SP Lincoln Dec 12 - Dec 13 H 150  
68 Lamine River CA Cooper/ Morgan Dec 11 - Dec 13 H 75  
69 Lamine River CA Cooper/ Morgan Jan 8 - Jan 10 H 75  
70 Pershing SP Linn Dec 12 - Dec 13 H 150  
71 Pomme de Terre SP (Pittsburgh half) Hickory Dec 12 - Dec 13 H 8  
72 St. Francois SP9 St. Francois Dec 12 - Dec 13 H 70  
73 St. Joe SP St. Francois Dec 12 - Dec 13 H 150  
74 Swan Lake NWR1 Chariton Dec 4 - Dec 6 I 15 Dec 4
75 Union Ridge CA Sullivan/ Adair/ Putnam Nov 25 - Dec 6 E 25  
76 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles Nov 14 - Nov 16 A 100  
77 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles Nov 21 - Nov 23 B 100  
78 Whetstone Creek CA Callaway Nov 23 - Nov 25 D 25 Nov 22 or Nov 23
Youth-only Shotguns
(2 hunts - with slugs only)
Youth must be at least 11 years old and hunter-education certified to hunt in a managed youth deer hunt.
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
79 Burr Oak Woods CNC1  Jackson Oct 31 - Nov 1 B 10 Oct 30
80 Columbia Bottom CA1 St. Louis Oct 24 - Oct 25 B 30 Oct 10
Youth-only Firearms
(13 hunts - centerfire, shotguns with slugs, air-powered guns only)
Youth must be at least 11 years old and hunter-education certified to hunt in a managed youth deer hunt.
# Hunt Name County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
81 August A. Busch CA1 St. Charles Oct 31 - Nov 1 B 60 Oct 17
82 Charles W. Green CA1,5 Boone Oct 31 - Nov 1 B 5  Oct. 31
83 Current River SP Shannon Nov 14 - Nov 18 B 10  
84 Current River SP Shannon Nov 20 - Nov 24 B 10  
85 Davisdale CA1 Howard  Oct 24 - Oct 25 G 35 Oct 23 or Oct 24
86 Mingo NWR1 Stoddard/ Wayne Nov 7 - Nov 8 B 50 Oct 17 or Nov 6
87 Ozark National Scenic Riverways-Big Spring Area1 Carter Oct 10 - Oct 11 E 10 Oct 10
88 Peck Ranch CA Carter/ Shannon Oct 10 - Oct 11 B 65  
89 Pony Express Lake CA1 DeKalb Oct 23 - Oct 25 C 20 Oct 22
90 Seat Memorial CA1 Gentry/ Worth Nov 28 - Nov 29 D 15 Nov 28
91 Smithville Lake ML1 Clay Dec 12 - Dec 13 C 30 Dec 11
92 Swan Lake NWR1 Chariton Dec 4 - Dec 6 I 15 Dec 4
93 Weldon Spring CA1 St. Charles Oct 31 - Nov 1 B 60

Oct 17

Youth with Disabilities-Only Firearms
(1 hunt - centerfire, shotguns with slugs, air-powered guns only)
# Hunt Name Methods Allowed County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
Mingo NWR1
(573-222-3589)
Youth Disabled Only Firearms Stoddard Nov 7-8 B 5 Oct 17 or Nov 6

Youth must be at least 11 years old and hunter-education certified to hunt in a managed youth deer hunt.

Disabled Firearms (10 hunts - centerfire, shotguns with slugs, air-powered guns only)
# Hunt Name Methods Allowed County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
Camp Crowder Army Training Site1
(573-638-9517)
Disabled Only Firearms Newton Oct 20-22 C 6 Oct 20
Clarence Cannon NWR1 
(573-847-2333)
Disabled Only Firearms Pike Oct 17-18 C 9 Oct 17
Clarence Cannon NWR1,4
(573-847-2333)
Disabled Only Firearms Pike Jan 2-3 D 3 Jan 2
Mingo NWR Wounded Warriors 1,6 Disabled Only Firearms Stoddard Nov 9-10 C 5 Nov 8
Ozark National Scenic Riverways - Big Spring Area Wounded Warrior Mobility-Impaired Hunt1
(573-323-4941)
Disabled Only Firearms Carter Nov 7-8 C 10 Nov 6
Smithville Lake ML
(816-389-3947)
Disabled Only Firearms Clay/Clinton Nov 21-22 C 65  
Stockton Lake ML
(417-276-3113)
Disabled Only, Firearms Cedar/Dade Nov 7-8 C 25  
94 Swan Lake NWR1,8 
(660-856-3323)
Disabled Only Firearms Chariton Nov 6-8 B 10 Nov 6
Truman Lake ML
(660-438-7317)
Disabled Only Firearms Benton/St. Clair Nov 7-8 B 25  
Wappapello Lake ML
(573-222-8562)
Disabled Only Firearms Wayne  Oct 17-18 B 25  
Disabled Muzzleloading or Cap-and-Ball Firearms Only (4 hunts - in-lines and scopes are allowed)
# Hunt Name Methods Allowed County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
Clearwater Lake ML
(573-223-7777)
Disabled Only Muzzleloader or Cap and Ball Firearms Wayne/Reynolds Oct 24-25 B 3  
__ Clearwater Lake ML - Wounded Warriors
(573-223-7777)
Disabled Only Muzzleloader or Cap and Ball Firearms Wayne/Reynolds Oct 17-18 B 3  
Mingo NWR1,8
(573-222-3589)
Disabled Only Muzzleloader or Cap and Ball Firearms Stoddard Dec 5-6 C 5 Dec 4
Squaw Creek NWR4
(660-442-3187)
Disabled Only Muzzleloader or Cap and Ball Firearms Holt Nov 7-8 C 8 Nov 6
Historic Methods (1 hunt - muzzleloader, cap-and-ball, long/recurve/compound/crossbow, or atlatl only. In-lines and scopes are allowed.)
# Hunt Name Methods Allowed County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
Bois D’Arc CA1
(417-742-4361)
Disabled Only Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloader or Cap and Ball Firearms Greene Oct 10-11 C 15 Oct 9
Muzzleloader, Shotgun or Long/Recurve/Compound Bow (1 hunt - crossbow allowed with signed Hunter Method Exemption form)
# Hunt Name Methods Allowed County Hunt Dates Limit Quota Mandatory Orientation Date
Mark Twain Lake
(573-735-4097)
Disabled Only Firearms Monroe/Ralls Nov 21-22 J 35  

Location Code: CA = Conservation Area, CNC = Conservation Nature Center, CP = City or County Park, ML = Management Lands, NWR =  National Wildlife Refuge, SP = State Park, WA = Wildlife Area.

2015 Footnotes
1   Hunters must attend a pre-hunt orientation; those who do not attend are disqualified.
2 Hunters may take turkeys according to season limits on the Archer's Hunting Permit prior to filling the managed deer hunt quota.   
3 Participants must pay $10.00 administrative fee to Jackson County. If chosen for this hunt, please call 816-503-4800 for fee deadlines. Atlatls are not an allowed method for hunts in Jackson County Parks.
4 Antlered deer must have at least one antler with at least four points. 
5 Only first-time deer hunters may apply for this hunt. A parent or guardian must accompany the youth during this 1 1/2 day hunting experience. Only persons who have not acquired a deer tag in the past are eligible.
6   Hunters chosen for this hunt are selected through the national Wounded Warriors Program and not through the Mingo NWR Office.
7   This hunt has limited access. Majority of hunting units are most easily accessed by boat.
8 If the hunter requires an assistant, the hunter must provide one.
More than 2,000 acres of state-designated wilderness are included in this hunt. 
Limit Code Definitions
Code Definition
A 1 antlerless deer
B 1 deer of either sex
C 2 deer, but only 1 antlered
D 2 deer, but only 1 antlered must take and check in antlerless deer before taking antlered deer
E 2 anterless deer
F 3 deer, but only 1 antlered
G 3 deer, but only 1 antlered; must take and check in 1 antlerless deer before taking antlered deer
H 3 antlerless deer
I 1 antlered deer
J Managed hunt permits are not available for this hunt. You must purchase firearms permits and abide by firearms season limits. Deer taken at this hunt count toward your firearms season limit.

Points to remember

  • You may apply for only one managed deer hunt each year. If you apply for more than one, you will be disqualified from this year's drawing and will not receive a preference point.
  • Youth who apply for a youth-only hunt may not also apply for a regular managed deer hunt.
  • If you cannot attend, another hunter cannot take your place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn may attend.
  • Individuals not drawn for a managed deer hunt may not accompany a hunter who was successfully drawn.
  • Some managed hunts require hunters to attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation. If you cannot attend the orientation,
    do not apply for these hunts.
  • If you have a methods exemption, you may use a crossbow in an archery managed deer hunt.
  • If you apply as one of a party on the application or as an individual, your chances of being drawn for a managed deer hunt are the same as everyone else's.
  • If you are not drawn for a managed hunt this year, you will earn one preference point that will increase your odds the next time you apply.
  • ATVs are prohibited on managed deer hunting areas.
  • If you have a medical condition that limits your mobility, please contact the manager of the area on which you want to hunt before applying for a managed hunt. Some areas may not have the access you require, and you may want to apply for a hunt on a different area.
  • Most conservation areas remain open to the public during managed hunts.
  • Visit the Managed Deer Hunt Summaries page for a summary of how many people applied for previous year’s hunts and how many deer were taken.
  • If you cannot attend, another hunter cannot take your place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn may attend.

Valid permits

  • Resident Managed Deer Hunting Permit. A single permit allows you to take the number of deer allowed at the hunt you are attending. Permits are available beginning Sept. 2 to successful managed hunt applicants.
    Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17
    Age 11–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50
  • Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit. A single permit allows you to take the number of deer allowed at the hunt you are attending. Permits are available beginning Sept. 2 to successful managed hunt applicants.
    Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$225
    Age 11–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50

When to apply

  • July 1–July 31
  • Note: The application timeframe has been shortened so hunters have more time to be notified of their selection for early-season managed hunts.

Who can apply

You must be 11 or older by the date of the hunt. Youth hunters may apply singly or with one other youth hunter for youth-only hunts, but not as a group. If applying for any other hunt, hunters may apply individually or as a group of up to six.

To apply as a party, complete the following steps

Step 1: Designate one member of your group to go to the Apply for Managed Deer Hunts application listed under MDC Applications below. That person must have the following information:

  • The hunt number for the managed hunt
  • The Conservation ID number of each hunter in the group. A Social Security number is not the same as a Conservation ID number. Your Conservation ID number is located on the back of your Conservation Heritage Card and on your permit. If you need an ID number, call 573-751-4115 during regular business hours to have one assigned.

Important: To ensure that your preference point earned last year is used, be sure to use the same Conservation ID number you used last year. For future reference, print your confirmation page and save it.

Step 2: Complete the following worksheet before going online so you will have all the information ready.

Managed Deer Hunt Application Work Sheet

Hunt No.: ___ ___ ___

Method: ______________________________________

Location: _____________________________________

Date: ______________________

Hunter Conservation I.D. number(s) (nine-digit number on your hunting or fishing permit, or on the back of your Conservation Heritage Card below the bar code) Use the same number you used last year.:

1. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 4. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

2. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 5. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

3. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 6. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Step 3: Go to the Apply for Managed Deer Hunts application listed under MDC Applications below and enter your prepared information. If you have correctly entered all the required information, you will see or hear a message confirming your application.

Step 4: Print out or write down your confirmation number to save for future reference.

To find out if you’ve been selected

From Sept. 2 through Dec. 31, go to Managed Deer Hunt Results listed below. Be prepared to enter your Conservation ID number (the same ID number you used when you applied) when you check the drawing results. You also must provide your same Conservation ID number when you buy your managed deer hunting permit.

All successful applicants will receive in the mail an area map and other information regarding the hunt. We must have your correct address so you will receive the information you need. If your address has changed, contact your local Department office during regular business hours.

Successful applicants can purchase their permit beginning Sept. 2 wherever permits are sold.

Wheelchair-confined hunters

Any hunter permanently confined to a wheelchair is automatically allowed to participate in managed deer hunts at:

  • August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
  • Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area
  • Caney Mountain Conservation Area
  • James A. Reed Wildlife Area
  • Peck Ranch Conservation Area

These hunts are part of the Managed Deer Hunt Program but are not limited to disabled hunters. Mail a written request by July 31 indicating hunt preference along with a physician’s statement to the Jefferson City address, Attn: Managed Deer Hunts.

Each disabled hunter may be accompanied by an attendant/care-giver while hunting, but that person may not hunt unless he or she has applied and was successfully drawn for the same hunt. Wheelchair-confined hunters may participate in more than one managed deer hunt, but must purchase a managed deer hunting permit for each hunt they attend.

Youth-only managed hunts

To apply for a youth-only managed hunt, you must be 11 to 15 years old at the time of the hunt. If you are drawn to participate, you must:

  • Obtain hunter-education certification before the managed hunt or pre-hunt orientation (if orientation is required);
  • Purchase a Resident or Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit;
  • Be accompanied by an adult sponsor (age 18 or older) who is hunter-education certified or exempt, and has a filled or unfilled firearms deer hunting permit; and
  • Attend a pre-hunt orientation with your adult sponsor at some locations.

Note: Hunter-education certification is not required to apply for a managed hunt, but must be achieved before the hunt. Minimum age to enroll in a hunter-education course is 11. Adult sponsors born before Jan. 1, 1967, are exempt from the hunter-education requirement.

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