Duck and Coot Regulations

Valid Permits

  • Daily Small Game Hunting Permit
  • Hunting and Fishing Permit
  • Migratory Bird Hunting Permit
  • Nonresident Small Game Hunting Permit
  • Small Game Hunting Permit

Season & Limits

Ducks

Area: Middle Zone
Primary Season: Sat, 11/02/2013 - Tue, 12/31/2013
Harvest Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: 18

Area: North Zone
Primary Season: Sat, 10/26/2013 - Tue, 12/24/2013
Harvest Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: 18

Area: South Zone
Primary Season: Thu, 11/28/2013 - Sun, 01/26/2014
Harvest Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: 18

Additional Information

Permit and Stamp Requirements 

To pursue, take, possess and transport ducks, coots and geese in Missouri, except during the Conservation Order, a hunter must possess and carry the following, unless exempt: 

  1. a Missouri permit to hunt small game (Missouri residents age 16 through 64; Nonresidents age 16 and older)
  2. Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit (Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older)
  3. Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation stamp (Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older) 

To be valid, the federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp must be signed in ink across the face. The stamps are available for $15 at U.S. Post Offices and selected permit vendors.

Season limit breakdown 

The daily bag limit is 6 and may include no more than: 

  • Mallards: 4, but no more than 2 females
  • Scaup: 3
  • Wood ducks: 3
  • Hooded mergansers : 2
  • Pintails: 2
  • Redheads: 2
  • Black ducks: 1
  • Canvasbacks: 2
  • Mottled ducks : 1 

Possession limit: three times the daily bag (in total 18; varies by species)

Coot daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

Youth Waterfowl 

  • Age 15 or younger
  • Accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older who is not allowed to hunt ducks but who can participate in other open seasons 

Any person 15 yers of age or younger may participate in the youth waterfowl hunting days without permit, provided they are in the immediate presence of an adult 18 years of age or older. If the youth hunter does not possess a hunter education certificate card, the adult must meet permit requirements that allows small-game hunting and have in his or her possession a valid hunter-education certificate card unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1967. 

Detailed Regulations: 
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/10804