Permit Exemptions

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Anyone who fishes, hunts, or traps must have the appropriate permit or qualify for an exemption.

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Permits with NO Exemptions
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Certain permits are required, without exception, based on the activity.

Trout fishing requires a trout permit to keep trout outside a trout park, or to fish in the upper portion of Lake Taneycomo. A daily trout fishing tag is required in trout parks.

Deer hunting requires a valid deer hunting permit.

Turkey hunting requires a valid turkey hunting permit.

Dove, snipe, woodcock, rail hunting requires a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit. In addition, a hunter will need a valid small game hunting permit unless they meet exemption qualifications below.

Waterfowl hunting requires a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and a federal duck stamp.  A Conservation Order Permit is required for hunting light geese during the Conservation Order. In addition, a hunter will need a valid small game hunting permit unless they meet exemption qualifications below.

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Permit Exemption Qualifications
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You may qualify for a permit exemption for permits other than ones listed above.

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Resident landowners (who own five acres or more) and their immediate households may fish, trap, and hunt (except deer and turkey) on land they own.

Note: You must own all of the land around the body of water to qualify for fishing permit exemptions.

 

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Missouri residents ages 65 or older may fish and hunt (except deer and turkey) but not trap without permit.

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Anyone age 15 and younger (resident or nonresident) may fish and hunt (except deer and turkey) without permit.

Youth fishing are limited to using a pole and line, gig, bow, crossbow, snaring, grabbing, and snagging.

Youth who are not hunter education certified must hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult hunter age 18 or older who has a valid hunter-education card or was born before Jan. 1, 1967.

Missouri residents age 15 and younger may trap without permit.

 

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Honorably discharged veterans or active personnel who:

  • have service-related disability of 60% or greater
  • were a prisoner of war during military service
  • are assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or military medical center

May fish and hunt (except deer and turkey) but not trap without permit.  When a hunting permit is required (deer, turkey, migratory bird, Conservation Order permits), nonresident veterans who meet the above requirements may purchase resident permits.  You must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or Warrior Transition Unit, or carry admission verification to a military medical center.

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The following exemptions apply only to fishing permits and to Missouri residents who are:

  • diagnosed with corrected vision of 20/200 or less.
  • diagnosed with 20 degree or less field of visual concentric contraction
  • permanently unable to move without the aid of a wheelchair.
  • diagnosed with cerebral palsy or a mental disability and cannot fish alone. Must be accompanied by a licensed adult angler.

You must carry a statement of eligibility from a licensed physician, ophthalmologist, or optometrist.  Ask your licensed physician, ophthalmologist, or optometrist to complete the fishing statement of eligibility form. You must carry this completed form with you when fishing.

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Exemption Forms