New MDC migratory bird and waterfowl hunting digest now available

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest for the 2019-2020 hunting season is now available where permits are sold and online at

The handy, free guide has detailed information on needed permits and duck-stamp requirements, hunting seasons and limits, hunting areas, regulations, and more.

New points of note for the upcoming season include:

  • Nontoxic shot is now required for hunting doves on 20 conservation areas that have intensive dove hunting.
  • Sixteen conservation areas have been added to the existing list of areas where nontoxic shot is required for all hunting with a shotgun.
  • Only one pintail is allowed in the daily bag limit this season.
  • Duck season will now close in the South Zone on Jan. 31.
  • Changes have been made to the waterfowl reservation system and the morning drawing at managed waterfowl-hunting areas.
  • Due to spring flooding, some conservation areas may have sections closed for repair and/or have reduced habitat for dove and waterfowl hunting.

Migratory bird hunting opens Sept. 1 for dove, rail, and snipe, and Oct. 15 for woodcock. Teal season opens Sept. 7. Youth waterfowl hunting days are Oct. 26-27 in the North and Middle Zones, and Nov. 23-24 in the South Zone. Duck season opens Nov. 2 for the North Zone, Nov. 9 for the Middle Zone, and Nov. 28 for the South Zone. Regular goose season opens Nov. 11.

Buy Missouri hunting permits from numerous vendors around the state online at, or through MDC’s free MO Hunting app, available for download through Google Play or the App Store.