Missouri Hunting Seasons Information and Regulations
*All information listed below is disclosed based on research we have conducted. We do our best to ensure that all information is up to date and accurate. However, rules and regulations are changing every day. Please make sure to verify your state-specific regulations prior to your hunt.
Missouri is a beautiful state with some excellent hunting, including everything from deer to elk and turkey. There are some extremely large deer in the area and there are some amazing areas to hunt them in.
Missouri Deer Seasons
|Deer – Archery||Sep. 15 to Nov. 11, Nov, 23 – Jan. 15|
|Deer Youth Firearms Season||Oct. 29 – Oct. 30, Nov. 25 – Nov. 27|
|Deer Firearms November||Nov. 12 – Nov. 22|
|Deer Firearms Antlerless||Dec. 3 – Dec. 11|
|Deer Firearms Alternative Methods||Dec. 24 – Jan. 3|
*Like most states, Missouri has a variety of specific regulations that change by species. Make sure to check the official site for the updated information surrounding deer on the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Only one antlered deer can be taken during the entire firearm season and only two can be taken during the firearm and archery season combined. Hunters may purchase and fill as many archery antlerless tags as allotted per the county being hunted.
Missouri Turkey Seasons
|Turkey Archery||Sep. 15 – Nov. 11, Nov. 23 – Jan. 15|
|Turkey Fall Firearms||Oct. 1 – Oct. 31|
|Turkey Spring||Apr. 18 – May 8|
|Turkey Spring Youth||Apr. 9 – Apr. 10|
*Like most states, Missouri has a variety of specific regulations that change by species. Make sure to check the official site for the updated information surrounding turkey.
The spring season bag limit is two male turkeys or turkeys with a visible beard. Only one kill is permitted in the first week and you may only take one per day in the last two weeks. During the archery season, two of either sex are allowed and both can be taken on the same day. The fall firearm limit is the same as is in the archery season.
Missouri Elk Seasons
|Elk Hunting Archery||Oct. 15 – Oct. 23|
|Elk Hunting Firearms||Dec. 10 – Dec. 18|
*Like most states, Missouri has a variety of specific regulations that change by species. Make sure to check the official site for the updated information surrounding elk.
Missouri Black Bear Seasons
|Lottery Bear Season||Oct. 18 – Oct. 27|
*Like most states, Missouri has a variety of specific regulations that change by species. Make sure to check the official site for the updated information surrounding bear.
There is a season harvest limit of 40 bear and tags will be selected through a random drawing.
Missouri Small Game Seasons
|Squirrel||May 28 – Feb. 15|
|Groundhog||May 9 – Dec. 15|
|Coyote||Jan. 1 – Dec. 31|
|Crow||Nov. 1 – Mar. 3|
|Dove||Sep. 1 – Nov. 29|
|Fox||Nov. 15 – Jan. 31|
|Rabbit||Oct. 1 – Feb. 15|
|Opossum||Nov. 15 – Feb. 28, Aug. 1 – Oct. 15|
|Quail||Nov. 10 – Jan. 15|
|Woodcock||Oct. 15 – Nov. 28|
|Sora and Virginia Rail||Sep. 1 – Nov. 9|
|Waterfowl||Sep. 10 – Sep. 25|
|Wilson’s Snipe||Sep. 1 – Dec. 16|
|Pheasant||Oct. 29 – Oct. 30|
Missouri Crossbow Regulations
In 2016, Crossbows were voted a legal hunting method for all hunters, regardless of age or disability, during the fall firearms turkey season together with the archery deer and turkey seasons.
- Mechanical broadheads are legal in Missouri.
- Minimum draw weight of 125 pounds.
Missouri Hunting License
In Missouri, there are a variety of different hunting permits available. You can find all the different options and available licenses on the official Missouri Department of Conservation site.
If you want to check out the next state on our list, click here to see Montana.
Or, you can check out the last state on our list, Mississippi.