MDC has regulation changes for fall deer and turkey seasons

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters of regulation changes for the upcoming fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. 


  • Turkey permits will no longer be included with an archery permit.
  • A new fall turkey-hunting permit has been created. Both fall firearms turkey hunters and fall archery turkey hunters must purchase this permit to be able to take turkeys during fall.
  • The fall turkey season is now divided into archery and firearms portions, and the harvest limit has been reduced from four to two birds of either sex (both portions combined).


  • Audrain, Boone, Cole, Dent, Douglas, Howard, Lewis, Maries, Monroe, Newton, Osage, Phelps, Randolph, Saline, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, and Webster counties have been added to the chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) Management Zone. 
  • As with all counties in the CWD Management Zone, grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products used to attract deer are prohibited year-round. Hunters must also follow carcass transportation regulations. All counties in the CWD Management Zone are open during the CWD portion of firearms deer season.
  • During Nov. 16–17, hunters who harvest a deer in designated CWD Management Zone counties must take the deer (or its head) on the day of harvest to a mandatory CWD sampling station. 


  • The antler-point restriction has been removed from Audrain, Boone, Cole, Howard, Lewis, Maries, Monroe, Osage, Phelps, Randolph, Saline, Scotland, and Shelby counties. 
  • Deer hunters may now fill four firearms antlerless permits in Dent, Douglas, Maries, Newton, and Phelps counties. 
  • Hunters may now use archery antlerless permits in Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, and Pemiscot counties. 
  • New managed deer hunts have been added, and others have been removed or modified. 
  • Deer hunting regulations have changed for some conservation areas. 
  • Hunters may now use aerial drones to track wounded deer and turkeys. 
  • Prices for deer and turkey hunting permits have increased.

Get more information from the MDC 2024 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available starting in July where permits are sold and online at