Missouri Archery Season
Missouri archery season has one of the most exciting hunting seasons in the United States. From whitetail to pheasants and coyotes, archers have a bevy of options.
Missouri (MO) Archery Season, 2022-2023
The deer in the "Show-Me State" are some of the country's biggest specimens, and hunters tend to overlook the experience offered by the landscape and diverse wildlife in the state. Hunters can plan their trip across 2 million acres of public land, hosting over 1.3 million whitetails.
When does Archery Season Start in MO?
Missouri Deer Seasons
Archery September 15-November 11 / November 23-January 15
*Season dates vary by region.
Missouri Turkey Seasons
Fall Archery September 15-November 11 / November 23-January 15
Spring Youth Hunt TBD
Spring General Season TBD
*Missouri releases spring turkey hunting dates in December of the prior year.
Missouri Small Game Seasons
Squirrel May 28-February 15
Groundhog May 9-December 15
Coyote January 1-December 31
Crow November 1-March 3
Dove September 1-November 29
Fox November 15-January 31
Opossum November 15-January 31
Pheasant November 1-January 15
Quail November 10-January 15
Woodcock October 15-November 28
Sora and Virginia Rail September 1-November 9
*Season dates vary by region.
What are the Legal Hunting Hours in Missouri?
Hunting times are from 30-minutes before sunrise to 30-minutes after sunset. Hunters must report turkey or deer harvests by 10 pm before processing the animal on the day of harvest.
Hunting Licenses and Permits in MO
You can obtain your hunting license through the Missouri Department of Conservation's mobile app, or you have the option of buying your permits online. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website.
Residents are defined as individuals residing in Missouri for more than 30 days. Students and active-duty military members living in Missouri are considered residents. All Missouri residents aged 16 to 64 must have the correct resident hunting permit for the species.
All Missouri non-residents must have the correct non-resident hunting permit for the species.
Youth Hunting Permit
Missouri residents aged 15 or younger can hunt wildlife without a permit (except deer or turkey) with a hunter education card. Youths without the card must hunt alongside a licensed adult hunter. The adult must have a valid hunter education card. Non-residents aged 6 to 15 can purchase permits for specific wildlife species.
Senior Hunting Permit
Missouri residents aged 65 or older do not need a permit to hunt wildlife (except turkey or deer).
Missouri doesn't offer hunting licenses specifically for disabled persons.
Military and Veteran Permit
Active-duty military personnel stationed in Missouri can purchase resident hunting permits. Active-duty military members stationed elsewhere can buy resident hunting permits on leave. The Military Reduced Cost Permit for small game is available for Missouri residents on active duty in the reserve forces or National Guard.
Migratory Waterfowl Requirements
Hunters aged 16 or older can buy a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and Federal Duck Stamp for hunting migratory birds. Additionally, hunters must have proof of participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).
Licenses are valid for use from the date of purchase to March of the following year.
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