Hunting Permits

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Before heading out to fish or hunt for deer, turkey, waterfowl, furbearers, or small game, be sure to buy the right permits. You can buy them online, over the phone, at any MDC office, or from more than a thousand vendors around the state.

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  • If you plan to purchase a Missouri firearms permit or you are acting as an adult mentor, you MUST first complete an approved hunter-education certification program and provide proof of completion. See Hunter Education Requirement for details, exemptions, and more info about proof of certification.
  • All hunters, unless exempt, must carry their hunter-education card or a permit with their hunter-education number on it while hunting with a firearm. The Missouri Conservation Permit Card is also acceptable.
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Try Hunting with an Apprentice Hunting Authorization

To help introduce adults to hunting, MDC allows hunters age 16 and older who are not hunter-education certified to hunt with firearms in the presence of a properly licensed adult (age 18 and older) mentor. Visit our Apprentice Hunter Authorization page to learn more.

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Permit Card

The Conservation Permit Card allows multiple permits to be carried on a single plastic card. New permits are automatically loaded onto your card.

Learn more about permit cards.

Limits

Those that are selected to receive a permit may take one (1) elk with at least one (1) antler no less than 6” in length in open counties.

Notes

Elk hunting permits are distributed by random drawing. Applicants that are drawn for an elk hunting permit may purchase their permit starting July 1.

Only Missouri residents 11 years of age and older who have completed an approved hunter education course (or were born before Jan. 1, 1967) are eligible to purchase an elk hunting permit.

During the firearms portion, all persons hunting elk and their companions must wear a cap or hat and a shirt, vest, or coat of the color commonly known as hunter orange, which must be plainly visible from all sides. Camouflage orange does not satisfy this rule.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $50.00
  • Demographic
    Resident Landowner
    Price
    $50.00

Elk: 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 

Elk: 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

Hunting elk from a boat with a motor attached

Hunting elk while they are in a stream or other body of water

Hunting within any area enclosed by a fence greater than seven feet (7’) in height

 

Archers hunting elk during the archery portion may not be in possession of a firearm. Some exceptions apply. See 3 CSR 10-7.705 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

Elk: Firearms: Allowed Methods

Methods

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

Shotguns (including .410) with slugs only.

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

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.

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

Crossbows

Atlatls

Elk: Firearms Prohibited Methods

Methods

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

Hunting elk from a boat with a motor attached

Hunting elk while they are in a stream or other body of water

Hunting within any area enclosed by a fence greater than seven feet (7’) in height

Additional methods may be prohibited by local ordinances.

Notes

This authorization allows you to be an apprentice hunter. Apprentice hunters can purchase firearms hunting permits and hunt in the immediate presence of a mentor. A mentor must be at least 18 years old, hunter-education certified, and appropriately licensed. (Mentor does not need to be hunter-education certified if born before Jan. 1, 1967.)

You must be at least 16 years old or born on or after Jan. 1, 1967 to purchase this authorization.

You may purchase this authorization twice (two permit years).

Learn more about the apprentice hunter program.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $10.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $10.00
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

Those that are selected to receive a permit may take one (1) black bear of either sex within the zone specified on the permit.

One black bear of either sex with the following restrictions:

  • You are required to call 800-668-4045 to determine the daily season quota/closure status prior to hunting each day. In addition, if the harvest has reached or exceeded 80 percent of the harvest quota, the director of the Conservation Department may close hunting within that Black Bear Management Zone on the following day.
  • Once the harvest quota is met or the Director closes the season for the BMZ in which you are hunting, the season is over, and you may not harvest a black bear.
  • Black bears that have taken refuge in a den may not be harvested or harassed.
  • Only lone black bears may be harvested. You may not harvest a bear that is with one or more other bears, including female bears with cubs.
Notes

You are required to call 800-668-4045 to determine the daily season quota/closure status prior to hunting each day. In addition, if the harvest has reached or exceeded 80 percent of the harvest quota, the director of the Conservation Department may close hunting within that Black Bear Management Zone on the following day.

Only Missouri residents 11 years of age and older who have completed an approved hunter education course (or were born before Jan. 1, 1967) are eligible to purchase a resident black bear hunting permit.

All persons hunting black bear and their companions must wear a cap or hat and a shirt, vest, or coat of the color commonly known as hunter orange, which must be plainly visible from all sides. Camouflage orange does not satisfy this rule.

RESIDENT PERMIT

Permit is valid only in the Black Bear Management Zone specified on the permit.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $25.00
Limits

There is no daily limit on snow, blue and Ross's geese during the Conservation Order.

Notes

This permit allows hunters to take snow, blue, and Ross's geese during the Light Goose Conservation Order.

This permit is required for all hunters, including landowners over age 15, who participate in the Conservation Order, unless they have a Resident Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit or a Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $5.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $47.00

Waterfowl: Conservation Order: Allowed Methods

Methods

Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller. During the Conservation Order, you may use shotguns that are capable of holding more than three shells.

Nontoxic shot is required.

Electronic calls or electronically-activated calls

Hunting dogs

Motor boats or sailboats may be used, but only if the motor has been shut off and/or the sails furled, and the boat’s progress therefrom has stopped.

Waterfowl: Conservation Order: Prohibited Methods

Methods

Lead shot or other shot that has not been listed as nontoxic by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Rifles and pistols

Firearms that propel a single projectile at one discharge

Punt guns, battery guns, swivel guns, fully automatic firearms, traps, snares, nets, fish hooks, poisons, drugs, explosives, and stupefying substances

Motor vehicles or aircraft. Paraplegics and people missing one or both legs may hunt from a stationary vehicle.

Sink boxes or any other type of low-floating device that conceals the hunter beneath the surface of the water

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

Night vision or thermal imagery equipment

Live decoys

Bait

Limits

Two turkeys of either sex. Both may be taken on the same day.

Notes

Permit valid in all counties except Dunklin, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, and Scott.

Youth permit is available for resident and nonresident youth hunters.

See if you qualify for a landowner permit.

Costs
  • Demographic
    Resident
    Price
    $13.00
  • Demographic
    Resident Landowner
    Price
    $0.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident
    Price
    $130.00
  • Demographic
    Nonresident Landowner
    Price
    $96.00
  • Demographic
    Youth (6-15)
    Price
    $6.50

Turkey: Fall Firearms: Allowed Methods

Methods

Shotguns (including .410) with shot not larger than No. 4

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

Crossbows

Atlatls

Hand-held string-release devices

Illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights

Turkey: Fall Firearms: Prohibited Methods

Methods

Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells in magazine and chamber combined

Shot larger than No. 4 (in use or possession)

Rifles, pistols, and other firearms that propel a single projectile at one discharge

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

Night vision / thermal imagery equipment

Use of electronic calls, electronically activated calls, live decoys, bait, or dogs

Anyone hunting turkeys during the fall firearms turkey season may not be in possession of both a firearm and a bow. Some exceptions apply. See 3 CSR 10-7.455 of the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

Notes

A Federal Duck Stamp is required for residents and nonresidents age 16 years and older who hunt waterfowl. Hunters also need the appropriate Missouri hunting permits.

To be valid, the Federal Duck Stamp must be signed in ink across the face.

Paper duck stamps are available for $25 at some U.S. Post Offices, MDC regional offices, nature centers, and visitor’s centers, but not at permit vendors or waterfowl hunting conservation areas.

Duck stamps are also available online or at some Missouri permit vendors. The electronic duck stamp, or e-Stamp, allows customers to purchase the Federal Duck Stamp online and use it immediately. The e-Stamp costs $28.50 and is valid for 45 days from the date of purchase. Within that time, a physical duck stamp will be mailed to the customer. After 45 days, the customer must carry their Federal Duck Stamp while hunting.

Costs

Waterfowl: Hunting: Allowed Methods

Methods

Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller. Must not hold more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined. Use nontoxic shot only.

Hunting dogs

Motor boats or sailboats may be used, but only if the motor has been shut off and/or the sails furled, and the boat’s progress therefrom has stopped.

Waterfowl: Hunting: Prohibited Methods

Methods

Lead shot or other shot that has not been listed as nontoxic by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rifles and pistols

Firearms that propel a single projectile at one discharge

Punt guns, battery guns, swivel guns, fully automatic firearms, traps, snares, nets, fish hooks, poisons, drugs, explosives, and stupefying substances

Motor vehicles or aircraft. Paraplegics and people missing one or both legs may hunt from a stationary vehicle

Sink boxes or any other type of low-floating device that conceals the hunter beneath the surface of the water

Electronic calls or electronically activated calls

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

Night vision or thermal imagery equipment

Live decoys

Bait

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

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.