Deer: Permits

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  • You must have your signed permits on hand when you go afield to hunt.
  • You may use the MO Hunting app to carry your permits afield.
  • Permits cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • Deer permits may be used in any order, and multiple permits may be filled on the same day, except during the early youth portion when only one deer may be taken.
  • Before purchasing antlerless deer hunting permits, nonresidents must first purchase a Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit or a Nonresident Archer’s Hunting Permit, depending on the type of antlerless permit they want to use.
  • Residents do not have to purchase a Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit or Resident Archer’s Hunting Permit before purchasing antlerless deer hunting permits.
  • You do not have to purchase any-deer and antlerless deer permits at the same time.
  • Resident landowners may obtain no-cost resident landowner permits.
  • Nonresident landowners may obtain reduced-cost permits.
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You must complete an approved hunter-education course before you can purchase firearms deer and turkey hunting permits unless:

  • You were born before Jan. 1, 1967.
  • You are 6–15 years old. Please see additional requirements found in “Youth Permits.”
  • You are 16 years or older and are using an Apprentice Hunter Authorization. Please see additional requirements found in “Apprentice Hunter Authorization.”
  • You are using resident landowner permits and hunting on land you own. Note: If you are mentoring a hunter who is not hunter-education certified and not using landowner permits, you must be at least 18 years old and hunter-education certified even if you are hunting on your own land. Mentors born before Jan. 1, 1967, are exempt from this requirement.
  • You have a developmental disability. See Rule 3 CSR 10-5.205 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.
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Youths must be 6 years or older to hunt deer or turkeys. Youth age 6 through 15 can purchase resident or nonresident deer and turkey hunting permits at reduced prices.

If a youth is hunter-education certified, he or she may hunt alone. However, if a youth is not hunter-education certified, he or she must hunt in the immediate presence of an adult who has a valid hunter-education certification card or was born before Jan. 1, 1967.

The adult does not need a permit during the youth portions of firearms deer season. (Adults may not hunt deer with a firearm during the youth portions.) At all other times during the fall deer and turkey seasons, the adult must be properly licensed.

Adults accompanying youth deer hunters must wear hunter orange. Regardless of age, youth hunters must be able to hold, aim, and shoot by themselves.

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You may purchase your deer hunting permits beginning July 1 using any of the methods below.

  • Over the counter from any permit vendor. Buy early to avoid long lines. No surcharges will be assessed.
  • Online any time. Use your credit card to pay. No surcharges will be assessed. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately.
  • From your smartphone using the MO Hunting app. Use your credit card to pay. No surcharges will be assessed. Your permit will appear on the app immediately after purchase.
  • By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card and pay a $1 surcharge. Allow 10 days for delivery.
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If you lose your permit, simply download the MO Hunting app to your Android or Apple mobile device, log in with your Conservation number, and a valid, electronic version of your permit will appear on the app. Permits purchased online at home can be saved on a personal computer and reprinted for free. Replacement permits can also be purchased from any vendor for $2.

Permits

Limits
  • Deer: Two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken before November 16.
  • Turkeys: Two turkeys of either sex.
  • Furbearers: See Seasons for prescribed limits. Hunters may sell furbearers harvested under this permit. Nonresidents may not harvest furbearers with this permit.
  • Small game: See Seasons for prescribed limits.
Notes

Youth permit is available for resident and nonresident youth hunters.

See if you qualify for a landowner permit.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $19.00
  • Demographic
    Resident Landowner
    Price
    $0.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $265.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident Landowner
    Price
    $195.00
  • Demographic
    Youth (6-15)
    Price
    $9.50

Deer: Archery Allowed

Methods

Longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows of any draw weight

 

Crossbows

Hand-held string-releasing devices

Illuminated sights, scopes, and quickpoint sights

Atlatls

Deer: Archery Prohibited

Methods

Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Use of electronic calls, electronically activated calls, bait, dogs, or night vision equipment

Live decoys may not be used to take turkeys.

Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife. Deer may not be hunted from a boat with a motor attached; however, a motorboat may be used to hunt other wildlife if the motor is shut off and the boat’s forward progress has stopped.

Archers hunting deer or turkeys during the archery season may not be in possession of a firearm. Some exceptions apply. See 3 CSR 10-7.432 and 3 CSR 10-7.455 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

Turkey: Archery: Allowed Methods

Methods

Longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows of any draw weight

Crossbows

Hand-held string-releasing devices

Illuminated sights, scopes, and quickpoint sights

Atlatls

Crossbows

Turkey: Archery: Prohibited Methods

Methods

Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game

Use of electronic calls, electronically activated calls, bait, dogs, or night vision equipment

Live decoys may not be used to take turkeys.

Archers hunting deer or turkeys during the archery season may not be in possession of a firearm. Some exceptions apply. See 3 CSR 10-7.432 and 3 CSR 10-7.455 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

Small Game: Archery: Allowed Methods

Methods

Longbow, compound bow, or recurve bow 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

Crossbow 

Small Game: Archery: Prohibited Methods

Methods

Arrows containing any drug, poison, chemical or explosive.

Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife. 

Artificial lights may be used only to hunt bullfrogs and green frogs, or to hunt raccoons and other furbearing animals when treed with the aid of dogs. Using lights to search for, spot, illuminate, harass, or disturb other wildlife is a violation of the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Landowners and lessees may use artificial lights on their property, but while doing so may not be in possession of — or be in the company of someone who possesses — a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Additional Info

Special Provision During the Firearms Deer Season: During the November portion statewide and antlerless portion in open counties, other wildlife may be hunted only with a shotgun and shot not larger than No. 4 or a .22 or smaller caliber rimfire rifle. This does not apply to waterfowl hunters, trappers, or to landowners on their land.

Groundhog: Archery: Allowed Methods

Methods

Longbow, compound bow, or recurve bow 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

Crossbow

Additional Info

You may take groundhogs with a cage-type trap at any hour during the open hunting season if you possess a hunting permit. The cage-type trap must be labeled with your full name and address, or Conservation ID number; must be attended daily; and have an opening of 144 square inches or smaller.

Limits

One antlerless deer during archery deer season in open counties. See map.

Notes

You may purchase any number of these permits. Nonresidents must purchase a Nonresident Archer's Hunting Permit before purchasing this permit.

Youth permit is available for resident and nonresident youth hunters.

See if you qualify for a resident landowner permit.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $7.00
  • Demographic
    Resident Landowner
    Price
    $0.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $25.00
  • Demographic
    Youth (6-15)
    Price
    $3.50

Deer: Archery Allowed

Methods

Longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows of any draw weight

 

Crossbows

Hand-held string-releasing devices

Illuminated sights, scopes, and quickpoint sights

Atlatls

Deer: Archery Prohibited

Methods

Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Use of electronic calls, electronically activated calls, bait, dogs, or night vision equipment

Live decoys may not be used to take turkeys.

Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife. Deer may not be hunted from a boat with a motor attached; however, a motorboat may be used to hunt other wildlife if the motor is shut off and the boat’s forward progress has stopped.

Archers hunting deer or turkeys during the archery season may not be in possession of a firearm. Some exceptions apply. See 3 CSR 10-7.432 and 3 CSR 10-7.455 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

Limits

One antlered or antlerless deer

Notes

Youth permit is available for resident and nonresident youth hunters.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $17.00
  • Demographic
    Resident Landowner
    Price
    $0.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $265.00
  • Demographic
    Youth (6-15)
    Price
    $8.50

Deer:Firearms, Alternative Methods, Allowed

Methods

Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms, .40 caliber or larger and capable of firing only a single projectile at one discharge; in-lines and scopes are allowed.

Multiple-barreled muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms and/or muzzleloading or cap-and-ball handguns, including revolvers, .40 caliber or larger, are allowed and may be carried in addition to a muzzleloading or cap-and-ball rifle.

Centerfire pistols or revolvers using expanding-type bullets, such as lead or copper

Air-powered firearms, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high compression power source (external hand pump, air tank, or air compressor)

Longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows of any draw wright; hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes, and quickpoint sights are allowed.

Crossbows

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 in length.

Deer: Firearms, Alternative Methods, Prohibited

Methods

Any rifle capable of being loaded by any means other than the muzzle

Shotguns

Self-loading firearms with capacity of more than 11 cartridges in magazine and chamber combined

Ammunition propelling more than one projectile at a single discharge (such as buckshot)

Full hard metal case projectiles

Fully automatic firearms

Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game

Electronic calls or electronically activated calls

Night vision equipment

Use of bait

Use of dogs

Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife. Deer may not be hunted from a boat with a motor attached.

Additional methods may be prohibited by local ordinances.

Limits

One antlerless deer

Notes

You may purchase as many antlerless permits as you want, but each county or county section has a limit on the number of antlerless permits you may fill.

Nonresidents must purchase a Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit or a Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit before buying this nonresident permit.

Youth permit is available for resident and nonresident youth hunters.

See if you qualify for a resident landowner permit.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $7.00
  • Demographic
    Resident Landowner
    Price
    $0.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $25.00
  • Demographic
    Youth (6-15)
    Price
    $3.50
Limits

Limits vary by managed hunt. Check the rules for the hunt for which you were drawn.

Deer taken at a managed hunt do not count towards your archery or firearms season limits.

Notes

This permit is required for hunters participating in a managed deer hunt with the exception of the Mark Twain Lake Disabled Hunt. See the Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations Booklet for more information.

Youth permit is available for resident and nonresident youth hunters.

Permits are available August 15 to successful managed hunt applicants.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $17.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $265.00
  • Demographic
    Youth (6-15)
    Price
    $8.50