Antler-Point Restrictions in Selected Counties

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In the areas shown in orange 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).
To limit
the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), the counties
of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan no
longer have an antler-point restriction.

Counties

  • Andrew, Atchison, Audrain,
  • Barton, Bates, Benton, Boone, Buchanan,
  • Caldwell, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Cedar,  Clark, Clinton, Cole, Cooper,
  • Daviess, DeKalb,
  • Gasconade, Gentry, Grundy,
  • Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howard,
  • Johnson,Knox,
  • Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston,
  • Maries, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan,
  • Nodaway, Osage,
  • Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam,
  • Ralls,  Ray,
  • Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve,
  • Vernon, Warren and Worth

Portions of Cass, Franklin, Jefferson, and Platte counties NOT included in the urban zones are shown on the 2013 Firearms Deer Hunting page.

How to count points

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A legal buck must have a minimum of four points on one side, regardless of the number of points on the other side, such as this seven-point buck.

In counties with antler restrictions, an antlered deer must have at least four points on one side to be taken. Each of the following counts as a point:

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

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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.

Legal to take

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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.

Protected

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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.
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Letting these younger males mature will increase the number of adult bucks in the future.

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.

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.

Letting younger males mature will increase the number of adult bucks in the future.

Hunting Tips for Areas With Antler-Point Restrictions

  • Bring binoculars and give yourself plenty of time to count antler points before you take a shot.
  • Wait for a buck that has at least four points on one side.

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Successful hunters wait for the best shot — when the deer turns broadside. Learn to recognize antlers from this view to minimize errors in the field.
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Don't be fooled by size. The buck on the left has a large rack, but it has only three points on each side — just like the one on the right. Both of these deer are illegal under the four-point restriction.

 

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