Season dates:

  • September 15-November 15, 2013
  • November 27, 2013-January 15, 2014

Open statewide, antler-point restrictions apply in some counties, see map on antler-point restrictions in selected counties.

Shooting hours

  • One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Valid permits

  • Resident or Nonresident Archer’s Hunting Permit
  • Resident Landowner Archer’s Hunting Permit
  • Resident or Nonresident Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit
  • Resident Landowner Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit

Hunters may purchase and fill any number of Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits during the archery deer season in all counties BUT: Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Reynolds, Scott and Stoddard.

Missouri counties where any number of antlerless deer permits can be used.

Season limit

  • Two turkeys of either sex. Both may be taken on the same day.
  • Using an archer’s hunting permit, two deer, which may be of either sex, provided that before Nov. 16, of the deer taken, only one may be antlered
  • Using antlerless permits, any number of antlerless deer in counties where allowed.

Point to remember

  • Archers hunting deer or turkey during the archery season may not be in possession of a firearm. Some exceptions apply (See the Wildlife Code).

Methods allowed

  • Longbows, compound bows or recurve bows of any draw weight
  • Atlatls, which are defined as a rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet long
  • Hand-held string-releasing devices
  • Illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights

Methods prohibited

  • A bow fastened to a stock or other device that maintains the bow in a drawn position
  • Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game
  • Use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, electronically activated calls or live decoys

Bowhunters: We Need Your Help!

Please participate in the Bowhunter Observation Survey.

The Conservation Department needs bowhunters to record the deer, turkeys and furbearers they see while hunting. This information helps biologists gauge the health of wildlife populations and set hunting regulations.

It’s easy to participate. Just send an email to Write “Bowhunter Observation Survey” in the subject line, and don’t forget to include your name and mailing address. You can also send your name and address to:
Bowhunter Observation Survey
Missouri Department of Conservation
3500 East Gans Road
Columbia, MO 65201

We’ll send you a diary to record the deer, turkeys and furbearers you see while bowhunting. At the end of the season, drop the postage-paid diary in the mail. Once Conservation Department biologists tally the information, they’ll return your diary along with a summary of sightings for the entire state.

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