Hunting Permit Exemptions

Missouri resident landowners, lessees who lease and reside on leased land, and any member of their immediate households whose legal residence is the same as the landowner or lessee, may hunt—except deer or turkey—or trap on lands they own or, in the case of lessees, where they live, without a permit, except:

  • a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for waterfowl, snipe, doves, woodcock and rails
  • a federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl
  • a Conservation Order Permit is required for light geese during the Conservation Order

While hunting on their own land, hunters must comply with appropriate seasons, methods, limits and checking requirements.

Any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older may hunt (but not trap) wildlife—except deer or turkey—without a permit but must carry proof of age and residence when hunting, except:

  • a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for waterfowl, snipe, doves, woodcock and rails
  • a federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl
  • a Conservation Order Permit is required for light geese during the Conservation Order

Anyone age 15 and younger may trap without a permit. They may also hunt wildlife (except deer or turkey) without a permit,

  • IF he or she is in the immediate presence of a licensed adult hunter age 18 or older who has a valid hunter-education certificate card or was born before Jan. 1, 1967
  • OR he or she carries a valid hunter-education certificate card.

Any honorably discharged resident or nonresident veteran having a service-related disability of 60 percent or greater or who was a prisoner of war during military service, may hunt (but not trap) wildlife—except deer or turkey—without a permit but must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

New! 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 may hunt (but not trap) wildlife—except deer and turkey—without a permit but must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or admissions verification to a military medical center. However:

  • a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for waterfowl, snipe, doves, woodcock and rails
  • a federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl
  • a Conservation Order Permit is required for light geese during the Conservation Order.

Note: Nonresident veterans who meet the above requirements also can purchase resident permits, for example resident deer or turkey hunting permits.

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