Deer Permits

Anyone who hunts, takes, or attempts to take deer in any way must have the required permit(s). Each hunter must sign, carry, and show, upon request, his or her permit to any officer who enforces the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

Points to Remember

  • You must have your signed permits on hand when you go afield to hunt.
  • Permits cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • Deer and fall turkey permits may be used in any order, and multiple permits may be filled on the same day, except during the early youth portion when only one deer may be taken.
  • Before purchasing antlerless deer hunting permits, nonresidents must first purchase a Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit or a Nonresident Archer's Hunting Permit, depending on the type of antlerless permit they want to use.
  • Residents do not have to purchase a Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit or Resident Archer's Hunting Permit before purchasing antlerless deer hunting permits.
  • You do not have to purchase any-deer and antlerless deer permits at the same time.

Hunter-Education Requirement

You must complete an approved hunter-education course before you can purchase firearms deer and turkey hunting permits unless:

  • You were born before Jan. 1, 1967.
  • You are 6–15 years old. Please see additional requirements found in "Youth Permits."
  • You are 16 years or older and are using an Apprentice Hunter Authorization. Please see additional requirements found in "Apprentice Hunter Authorization."
  • You are using resident landowner permits and hunting on land you own or lease. Note: If you are mentoring a hunter who is not hunter-education certified and not using landowner permits, you must be at least 18 years old and hunter-education certified even if you are hunting on your own land. Mentors born before Jan. 1, 1967, are exempt from this requirement.
  • You enrolled in a hunter-education course but failed to pass the certification tests due to a developmental disability. See Rule 3 CSR 10-5.205 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

If you can prove you completed a hunter-education course in another state, you are not required to take Missouri's course. You must be 11 years or older to enroll in Missouri's hunter-education course.

Youth Permits

You must be 6 years or older to hunt deer or turkeys. Youth age 6 through 15, whether they are hunter-education certified or not, can purchase resident or nonresident deer and turkey hunting permits at reduced prices.

If a youth is hunter-education certified and hunting on a resident or nonresident firearms deer or turkey hunting permit, he or she may hunt alone. However, if a youth is not hunter-education certified, he or she must hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult who has in his or her possession a valid hunter-education certification card or was born before Jan. 1, 1967. The adult, however, may not hunt deer with a firearm during the youth portions of the firearms deer season.

In addition, adults accompanying youths hunting deer must wear hunter orange. Regardless of age, the youth must be capable of holding, aiming, and shooting the firearm by himself or herself.

Apprentice Hunter Authorization

To help introduce adults to hunting, the Conservation Department allows hunters age 16 and older who are not hunter-education certified to hunt with firearms, as long as they:

  • First purchase the Apprentice Hunter Authorization for $10;
  • Then purchase a firearms hunting permit for the season they want to hunt, for example a Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit; and
  • Hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult mentor who is hunter-education certified or was born before Jan. 1, 1967. The mentor must have a filled or unfilled permit for the prescribed season.

Note: The Apprentice Hunter Authorization allows you to purchase firearms permits throughout the permit year, and it can be purchased for two permit years. After the second year, you will be required to become hunter-education certified if you want to continue hunting with firearms.

Definitions

Immediate presence
Close enough for normal conversation, without shouting.
Properly licensed
Possessing a valid firearms hunting permit for the appropriate season (i.e., either a filled or unfilled firearms deer or a fall firearms turkey hunting permit).
Adult
Someone age 18 or older.

Purchasing Permits

You may purchase your fall deer and turkey hunting permits beginning July 1 using any of the methods below.

  • Over the counter from any permit vendor. Buy early to avoid long lines. No surcharges will be assessed.
  • Online anytime using the e-Permits System. Use your credit card to pay a $1 surcharge. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately.
  • By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card to pay a $2 surcharge. Allow 10 days for delivery.

Note: No-cost resident landowner permits also are available.

Replacing permits: Lost or damaged permits can be replaced using any of the methods above. A replacement permit costs $2 plus any applicable surcharge. E-Permits can be saved on a personal computer and reprinted for free if the original permit is lost or damaged. As with other permits, e-Permits may not be shared, and additional copies of an e-Permit do not provide additional valid permits to use.

Who May Purchase Resident Deer and Turkey Permits?

  • Any person who does not claim resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before applying for the permit. Owning real estate or attending a Missouri school does not in itself make you a legal resident.
  • Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of Columbia or serving in the U.S. armed forces. (Immediate family members who reside with them also may purchase resident permits.)
  • All members of the U.S. armed forces stationed and residing in Missouri on permanent change of station status and immediate family members residing with them.
  • Any honorably discharged military veteran having a service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war during military service; must carry certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs while hunting or purchasing permits.
  • Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or a military medical center; must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or admissions verification to a military medical center while hunting or purchasing permits.
  • Nonresidents who are registered students attending a public or private secondary, post secondary, or vocational school in Missouri and who live in Missouri while attending school; must carry evidence of a Missouri residence and student status while hunting. Note: Nonresident students who qualify for resident permits must purchase them at Conservation Department offices.
  • Immigrants who possess an I-551 Resident Alien Card and who do not claim resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before purchasing a permit.

Resident and Nonresident Permits

Resident Permits

Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit

For one antlered or antlerless deer statewide during firearms deer season. Restrictions apply.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17
Age 6–151 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50

Resident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit2

For one antlerless deer during firearms deer season in selected areas.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7
Age 6–151 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.50

Resident Managed Deer Hunting Permit3

For deer during a prescribed managed hunt. Valid for the number of deer allowed by the managed hunt.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17
Age 11–154 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50

Resident Archer's Hunting Permit

For two deer and two turkeys during archery deer and turkey season, for small game during prescribed seasons, and to sell furbearers taken by hunting.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19
Age 6–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9.50

Resident Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit

For one antlerless deer during archery deer season in open counties.  These may be purchased in any number.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7
Age 6–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.50

Resident Fall Firearms Turkey Hunting Permit

For two turkeys during fall firearms turkey season

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13
Age 6–151 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.50

Nonresident Permits5

Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit

For one antlered or antlerless deer statewide during firearms deer season. Restrictions apply.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$225
Age 6–151 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50

Nonresident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit2

For one antlerless deer during firearms deer season in selected areas. You must buy a Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit or a Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit to buy these permits.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25
Age 6–151 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.50

Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit3

For deer during a prescribed managed hunt. Valid for the number of deer allowed by the managed hunt.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$225
Age 11–154 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.50

Nonresident Archer's Hunting Permit

For two deer and two turkeys during archery deer and turkey season, and for small game, except furbearers, during prescribed seasons.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$225
Age 6–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9.50

Nonresident Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit

For one antlerless deer during archery deer season in open counties. These may be purchased in any number. You must buy a Nonresident Archer's Hunting Permit to buy these permits.

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25
Age 6–15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.50

Nonresident Fall Firearms Turkey Hunting Permit

For two turkeys during fall firearms turkey season

Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$110
Age 6–151 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.50

1 If not hunter-education certified, a youth hunting on a firearms permit must be in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult who is hunter-education certified or exempt by age.
2 Antlerless deer hunting permits may be purchased in any number, but each county has a limit on the number of antlerless permits you may fill during firearms deer season (all portions combined).
3 Application is required. Participation is awarded through a drawing.
4 You must be hunter-education certified to participate in a muzzleloading, historic methods, shotgun, or firearms managed hunt.
5 All nonresidents must purchase nonresident permits to hunt deer or turkeys in Missouri, except for qualifying students, disabled veterans, and military members assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade/Unit or military medical center.

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