Quick Draw Procedure

Waterfowl Draw Video - Quick Draw compilation version

Learn how the Quick Draw system allots guaranteed line positions at Eagle Bluffs, Grand Pass, and Otter Slough, and view drawing and hunt dates.

Two random drawings each week

Quick Draw is an online drawing system that allocates 75 percent of the available hunting opportunity on Eagle Bluffs, Grand Pass and Otter Slough conservation areas. Missouri residents may register during two random drawings each week. Twenty-five percent will be allocated to walk-in (also known as “poor line”) hunters who sign a waiting list upon arrival. Poor line hunters on the Quick Draw areas will use the Every Member Draws procedure.

No limit on number of applications or draws

Drawings will occur on Monday at 4:00 p.m. for hunts on the following Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for hunts on the following Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Note:the system will be unavailable from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on drawing dates. Successful applicants will be notified by email or text message at 8:00 p.m. following each drawing. Additionally the results will be available online at 12:01 a.m. the following morning. There will be no limit to the number of times a hunter can apply each year, or the number of times a hunter can be drawn to hunt.

Quick Draw Waterfowl Reservation Dates
Registration Start Draw Date
(register by 3p.m. on this day)
Hunt Dates
Oct 18 Oct 21 Oct 26,27,28
Oct 22 Oct 24 Oct 29,30, 31
Oct 25 Oct 28 Nov 1,2,3,4
Oct 29 Oct 31 Nov 5,6,7
Nov 01 Nov 04 Nov 8,9,10,11
Nov 05 Nov 07 Nov 12,13,14
Nov 08 Nov 11 Nov 15,16,17,18
Nov 12 Nov 14 Nov 19,20,21
Nov 15 Nov 18 Nov 22,23,24,25
Nov 19 Nov 21 Nov 26,27,28
Nov 22 Nov 25 Nov 29,30, Dec 1,2
Nov 26 Nov 28 Dec 3,4,5
Nov 29 Dec 02 Dec 6,7,8,9
Dec 03 Dec 05 Dec 10,11,12
Dec 06 Dec 09 Dec 13,14,15,16
Dec 10 Dec 12 Dec 17,18,19
Dec 13 Dec 16 Dec 20,21,22,23
Dec 17 Dec 19 Dec 24,26
Dec 20 Dec 23 Dec 27,28,29,30
Dec 24 Dec 26 Dec 31

Quick Draw Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Missouri resident
  • Must be properly licensed (Small Game Hunting and Migratory Bird Hunting permits) prior to applying through the Quick Draw system
  • Youth (15 and under) do not need to purchase a Small Game Hunting permit, Migratory Bird Hunting permit, or Federal Stamp, but must possess a Conservation Number.
  • Missouri Residents that are 65 and over do not need a Small Game Hunting Permit, but must possess a Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and a Federal Stamp.
  • The Lifetime Permit includes Small Game Hunting and Migratory Bird Hunting permits. Non-resident holders of a Lifetime Permit are not eligible to participate in Quick Draw.
  • Disabled Veterans are not required to purchase a Small Game Hunting Permit but are required to purchase a Migratory Bird Hunting Permit.

Hunters that are successfully drawn through the Quick Draw system may include up to 3 additional hunters in their party. Members of a Quick Draw party are guaranteed an opportunity to go afield and are pre-assigned their pill number (position in line). Hunting locations (pools and/or blinds) will not be pre-assigned. Pill numbers that are pre-assigned electronically will be issued in a tiered fashion, such that pill numbers not pre-assigned will be distributed evenly throughout the entire range of numbers used in the electronic drawing.

For example, if an area is hunting 20 positions, 15 parties will be drawn through Quick Draw and 5 parties will be drawn through the poor line. Pre-assigned numbers will be issued in a manner such that one number in each tier (e.g., 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, and 13-16) is reserved for the poor line drawing. Within each tier, the 4 pre-assigned numbers are chosen randomly. One poor-line spot will be allocated for each four hunting spots available. Pre-drawn numbers through the Quick Draw system correspond to the order in which hunting locations are selected. Pre-drawn vacancies and tiered positions that are not pre-drawn will be filled based on the order established through a poor-line drawing.

Poor line parties will draw according to a modified Every Member Draws system. These parties will draw from a series of numbers beginning with 101. Each member of the party is required to be listed with their respective party on the sign-in sheet. The number of pills added will equal the number of signatures on the waiting list sign-in sheet plus 3 extra pills (to allow for error). Staff will add the appropriate number of pills to the box—no more, no less. On any given day there may be more waiting list parties than vacant hunting positions, so it is possible that not everyone in the poor-line gets to hunt that day.

The poor line party with the lowest pill number will be assigned to the lowest numbered vacancy. The poor line party with the next lowest number will be assigned to the next lowest vacancy, and so on until all vacancies that were reserved from Quick Draw are filled.

Once the vacancies have been filled from the poor line, hunting positions will be allocated. The first party in tier one (Quick Draw or poor line party) has first choice of available hunting locations, followed by the second party. Allocation will continue sequentially  until all available positions are allocated. On any given day there may be more waiting list parties than hunting positions, so it is possible that not everyone in the poor line gets to hunt that day.

Quick Draw Parties

  • Quick Draw parties must arrive and check-in no later than official draw time. The party member who was pre-drawn must present a valid photo I.D. to verify identity and Missouri residency. Staff will confirm the pre-drawn status of a hunter by referring to the list of Quick Draw hunters and document check-in prior to “official draw time”.
  • Once licenses have been checked and Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tags (green card) completed, pre-drawn parties will be given the pill that corresponds with their pre-assigned number.
  • At official draw time, a final call for pre-drawn parties will be made, followed by an announcement “THE QUICK DRAW CHECK-IN PERIOD IS CLOSED”. No late Quick Draw parties will be accommodated.
    • NOTE: It is possible for a Quick Draw party to be on time and check in prior to official draw time, but not have enough time to be processed by official draw time. In this case, the Quick Draw party will be processed after the official draw time (only if checked in on time), but prior to the morning talk and poor-line drawing.
  • Quick Draw parties that have checked in may not participate in the poor-line drawing.

Waiting List Parties in Poor Line

  • Every member from each party drawing in the “poor line” must sign the waiting list sign-in sheet prior to official draw time. Each party shall designate one member to collect Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tags, required stamps and licenses for each member and present them to staff prior to drawing pills.
  • The maximum party size is four individuals, and each hunting party member must be properly licensed. Non-hunting, un-licensed, “observers” may NOT participate in the drawing and are not allowed to draw a pill. However, up to three observers may be included as part of a four-person party as long as the party member that is drawing is properly licensed. All observers and hunting or non-hunting youth count toward the maximum party size of four.
  • For any party with an absent party member, a completed Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag must be submitted when the party draws their pill (or pills) and the conservation number for the late party member must be included on the Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag prior to being stamped. Area staff conducting the draw must be notified of the situation. Parties will not be allowed to draw a pill (or pills) for an absent party members(s).

Poor line Drawing Procedure (Every Member Draws)

  • As official draw time approaches, area staff will ask if all members of each party have signed the waiting list sign-in sheet (excluding Quick Draw Parties). Staff will announce that “REGISTRATION IS CLOSED” at official draw time and take the sign-in sheet behind the counter. The morning speech will begin at this time, and no additional names will be added to the waiting list. Parties not signed-in on the waiting list will not be allowed to draw.
  • Area staff will count the number of signatures on the sign-in sheet to determine the number of pills to add to the box (Example: 40 signatures). The number of pills added will equal the number of signatures on the sign-in sheet plus 3 (to allow for error). Staff will add the appropriate number of pills to the box —no more, no less (Example: 40 + 3 = add 43 pills).
  • The series of pills to be used for the poor line drawing will begin with the number 101, which will allow poor line pills to be distinguished and separate from Quick Draw pills. For example, with 40 signatures on the sign-in sheet and three extra pills, pills numbering 101-143 will be added to the box.
  • Designated party member shall present stamps, licenses and Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tags to staff and begin drawing pills. Every poor line party must draw the appropriate number of pills relative to the number of members that are present in their party. That is, if a party of four draws pill #101 on the first pull, they still must draw three more pills for a total of four.
  • Designated party member shall receive lowest pill and then decide to retain lowest pill or request to get their permits back immediately after they have drawn a pill if the party wishes to forfeit their chance to choose a position for that day. If a party chooses to forfeit their pill and have their permits returned, no member of that party may draw a second time or be added to another party. All other permits will be returned ONLY when the party members’ number is called.
  • Area staff will announce a “LAST CALL TO DRAW” after everyone has drawn, Staff then will announce the “DRAW IS CLOSED” once everyone has drawn.

Post-Draw Allocation of Hunting Positions

  • Vacant slots will be filled based on pill numbers drawn by poor line parties. The poor line party that drew the lowest pill number (101+) will be assigned to the lowest numbered vacancy. The poor line party with the next lowest number will be assigned to the next lowest numbered vacancy, and so on until all vacancies that were reserved from Quick Draw are filled.
  • Once the drawing is closed, allocation of hunting positions will begin. Area staff will issue hunting positions by calling forward the first party and allowing them to select a hunting position, followed by the second party and so on. Allocation will continue sequentially until all parties have selected a hunting position OR all available positions are allocated.
  • For parties with members running late, area staff will detain the party members and keep their permits and tags until the late individual arrives. At that time the late individual’s permits will be inspected and the party will be allowed to hunt. If the late party member does not arrive by the time the draw room closes, only the party members present will be allowed to hunt. NOTE: Staff will not keep the draw room open any later than usual to accommodate a late member of a hunting party.

Disabled-Accessible Hunting Blinds

  • Parties registered to hunt in disabled-accessible blinds may be processed as soon as possible so as to minimize crowding and confusion.
  • A hunter who has reserved a disabled-accessible blind is not required to be present at the designated draw time. However, at least one member of the party is required to attend the draw or the blind may be offered to another eligible party at the draw.
  • Parties registered to hunt a disabled-accessible blind are not eligible to participate in the poor line drawing unless they first forfeit their ADA blind reservation.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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