Deer Hunting Regulations on Areas Managed or Owned by MDC

There are six types of regulations designed to limit doe harvest at various levels and provide different types of hunting. Carefully check the area deer-hunting regulations to find the type of hunt you prefer.

  1. Statewide deer seasons and limits apply.
  2. Only archery methods may be used. Deer hunting with firearms is prohibited. All other statewide deer seasons and limits apply.
  3. Only archery and muzzleloading methods may be used. All other statewide deer seasons and limits apply.
  4. Archery and firearms deer hunting is permitted for antlered or antlerless deer on the following permits only: Archer’s Hunting Permit, Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit, and Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permit. No archery or firearm antlerless permits may be used. All other statewide seasons and limits apply.
  5. Antlered or antlerless deer may be taken on an Archer’s Hunting Permit. Only antlered deer may be taken during the youth, November, and muzzleloader portions of the firearms deer season with the following permits: Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permits and Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permits. No archery or firearm antlerless permits may be used. Closed to firearms deer hunting during the urban counties and antlerless portions. All other statewide deer seasons and limits apply.
  6. Archery and firearms deer hunting is permitted for antlered or antlerless deer on the following permits only: Archer’s Hunting Permit, Firearms Any-Deer Permit, and Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permit. No archery or firearms antlerless permits may be used. Closed to firearms deer hunting during the urban counties and antlerless portions. All other statewide deer seasons and limits apply.

Deer hunting is only allowed on Department areas that are listed in the chart on Page 34 in the Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Booklet. If an area that is owned or managed by the Conservation Department is not listed, no deer or turkey hunting is allowed. For hunting opportunities on public land that is not owned or managed by the Conservation Department, contact the appropriate government agency.

Check the MDC Atlas and select "Area Regulations" to find hunting methods available on your favorite conservation areas.

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Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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