Welcome to our comprehensive summary of Missouri hunting seasons in 2024! Get ready in advance for an exciting adventure in the great outdoors of Missouri! Missouri is known for its vast and diverse landscape teeming with a variety of game species. From the majestic Whitetail Deer to the Mourning Doves, and from the swift Rabbits to the elegant Geese, Missouri's hunting lands are home to a wide range of fascinating creatures.

Whether you are new or professional hunters, Missouri's vast hunting areas will provide you with an unparalleled wilderness experience. There are plenty of time for you to well prepare for this trip to the state. Before that, you should know about the season and limits.

Missouri Deer Hunting Season

Missouri deer hunting season starts in early October and ends in early January of the next year. Here are the details for each deer season in 2024:

Deer Hunting Season Dates
Firearms: Alternative Methods December 28, 2024 - January 7, 2025
Firearms: November Portion November 16, 2024 - November 26, 2024
Firearms: Antlerless Portions October 11, 2024 - October 13, 2024

December 7, 2024 - December 15, 2024

Firearms: Youth Portions November 2, 2024 - November 3, 2024

November 29, 2024 - December 1, 2024

Firearms: CWD Portion November 27, 2024 - December 1, 2024

 Bag Limit: only one antlered deer

Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Deer Hunting Permits

Types Costs Limit
Resident $17.00 One antlered or antlerless deer
Resident Landowner $0.00
Nonresident $265.00
Nonresident Landowner $195.00
Youth (6-15) $8.50

Hunting Method Rules

There are some specific rules on the firearm and devices that you can use or cannot during deer hunting seasons:

Allowed:

Firearms: You can use centerfire pistols, revolvers, or rifles with expanding bullets. Lead, copper, or other expanding bullet types are okay.

You can also use shotguns (like a .410) with slugs only. Air-powered guns that are .40 caliber or larger can be used, but you need to get air from an outside source.

Muzzleloading or cap-and-ball guns that are .40 caliber or larger can be used, and you can carry multiple guns if you want.

Longbows, compound bows,and recurve bows of any draw weight are allowed. You can use hand-held string releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes, and quick point sights.

Crossbows and atlatls are allowed.

Not Allowed:

Self-loading guns with more than 11 cartridges, buckshot, full hard metal case projectiles, fully automatic guns, and any sighting device that shines a light on the game are not allowed.

You can't use electronic calls or night vision equipment either.

Don't use bait or dogs to hunt deer.
You can't use motorized vehicles to chase or harm wildlife. Deer can't be hunted from a boat with a motor attached.

Missouri Turkey Hunting Season

Turkey Hunting Season Dates Bag Limit Hours
Spring April 15, 2024 to May 5, 2024 Two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beard One-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.
Spring Youth (ages 6-15) April 6, 2024 to April 7, 2024 One male turkey or turkey with visible beard One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Fall Firearms October 1, 2024 to October 31, 2024 Two turkeys( either sex) One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Archery September 15, 2023 to November 10, 2023 Two turkeys( either sex) One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

 Notes: In the Spring season, You may not take two turkeys on the same day or during the first week. Fall firearms turkey hunting is not permitted in Dunklin, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, and Scott counties.

Turkey Hunting Permit

Types Costs
Resident $17.00
Resident Landowner $0.00
Youth (6-15) $8.50
Nonresident $224.00
Nonresident Landowner $165.00

Hunting Method Rules

Allowed:

You can use shotguns with shot not larger than No. 4 ( not allowed in Archery season)

Longbows, recurve bows, or compound bows

Hand-held string releasing devices

Illuminated sights, scopes, and quick point sights

Crossbows

Atlatls

Not Allowed:

Shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shells in magazine and chamber combined

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

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

Thermal imagery equipment or night vision equipment (in use or in possession)

Recorded calls (in use or in possession), electronic calls

Use of dogs or live decoys or bait

Badger Hunting Season

Dates: November 15, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Types Costs
Resident Trapping Permit $10.00
Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit $192.00
Small Game Hunting Permit Resident  $10.00
Nonresident $94.00

Raccoon: Hunting and Trapping

Dates: August 1, 2023 to October 15, 2023

November 15, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Striped Skunk: Hunting and Trapping

Dates:

August 1, 2023 to October 15, 2023

November 15, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Beaver and Nutria: Trapping

Dates: November 15, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Bobcat: Hunting and Trapping

Dates: November 15, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Coyote: Trapping

Dates: November 15, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Hour: cannot be taken during the daylight hours of Spring Turkey Season

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Fox (Red or Gray): Hunting and Trapping

Dates: November 15, 2023 to January 31, 2024

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Rabbit Hunting Seasons

Types Dates Limits
Rabbit Hunting October 1, 2023 to February 15, 2024 Daily limit: 6, only 2 may be swamp rabbits
Possession limit: 12, only 4 may be swamp rabbits
Rabbit Trapping November 15, 2023 to January 31, 2024

 

*Hour: Sunrise to sunset

Opossum: Hunting and Trapping

Dates:

August 1, 2023 to October 15, 2023

November 15, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Mink: Trapping

Dates: November 15, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Crow Hunting Season

Dates: November 1, 2023 to March 3, 2024

Hour: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Daily limit: Any number

Possession limit: Any number

Dove Hunting Seasons

Falconry Season

Dates: September 1, 2023 to December 16, 2023

Hour: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Daily limit: 3

Possession limit: 9

Hunting Season

Dates: September 1, 2023 to November 29, 2023

Hour: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Daily limit: 15

Possession limit: 45

Bullfrog and Green Frog: Hunting

Dates: June 30, 2023 to October 31, 2023

Hour: Opens at sunset on opening day

Daily limit: 8

Possession limit: 16

Squirrel Hunting Season

Dates: May 27, 2023 to February 15, 2024

Daily limit: 10

Possession limit: 20

Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season Dates Limits
Teal September 9, 2023 - September 24, 2023 Daily bag limit: 6
Possession limit: 18
Greater White-Fronted Geese November 11, 2023 - February 6, 2024 Daily limit: 2
Possession limit: 6
Brant Geese October 7, 2023 - October 15, 2023
November 11, 2023 - February 6, 2024
Daily limit: 3
Possession limit: 9
Ducks (South Zone) November 23, 2023 - November 26, 2023
December 7, 2023 - January 31, 2024
Daily limit: 6
Possession limit: 18
Coots (South Zone) November 23, 2023 - November 26, 2023
December 7, 2023 - January 31, 2024
Daily limit: 15
Possession limit: 45

Conclusion

In summary, the 2024 Missouri hunting seasons promise an enjoyable experience for hunters with a diverse range of game species and season dates. By keeping updated with the new schedules of the Missouri hunting season, you will know when and where to hunt, connect with nature and enjoy your hobby in this state.

We will keep you updated on any new information, making your hunting experience even more enjoyable and memorable. Happy hunting!

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