MDC created the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) to increase outdoor recreational opportunities on private land. Under this program, MDC provides annual incentive payments to private landowners who open their land for public recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
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Paddlefish: Mississippi River from September 15, 2023 - December 15, 2023
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Bear Permit Application (May 1-31)
Elk Permit Application (May 1-31)
Upper Mississippi Blind Draw (June 18 - July3)
Elk/Bear Permit Draw Results (July 1)
In-Season Waterfowl Draw (Oct. 12 - Jan. 17)
Managed Deer Hunt Application (July 1-31)
Managed Deer Hunt Results (Aug. 15)
Pre-Season Waterfowl Draw (Sep. 1-18)
Pre-Season Waterfowl Draw Results (Oct. 1)
Spring Turkey Managed Hunts (Feb. 1-28)
Spring Turkey Managed Hunt Results (March 15)
You have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your bear. Bear can be field-dressed or quartered with evidence of sex retained prior to being Telechecked. You can transport unchecked bear within the state as long as the permit is attached to the bear or with the hunter so long as the hunter is with the bear.
Get more information on how to telecheck you bear.
You have until 10 p.m. on the day taken to check your deer. When you Telecheck your deer, you will be asked a few short questions based on whether you are checking a doe or an antlered buck. The illustrations below show how to gather the measurements you will need. These measurements will help biologists gather information on the ages of deer harvested.
Get more information on how to telecheck you deer.
You have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your elk. Elk can be field-dressed or quartered with evidence of sex retained prior to being Telechecked. You can transport unchecked elk within the state as long as the permit is attached to the leg or with the hunter so long as the hunter is with the elk.
Get more information on how to telecheck your elk.
You have until 10 p.m. on the day taken to check your turkey. During checking, hunters will be asked the age and sex of their turkey. Monitoring the age and sex of harvested turkeys provides a valuable measure of the fall harvest. Hunters may also submit feathers as part of a research project.
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