Antler Point Restrictions

What are antler point restrictions?

In Missouri counties with antler restrictions, an antlered deer must have at least four points on one side to be taken.

How to count antler points

antler diagram

Each of the following counts as a point:

  1. The end of the main beam
  2. An antler point, if it is at least 1 inch long
  3. Any broken tine that is at least 1 inch long
  4. The brow tine, if it is at least 1 inch long

Tines, main beams and brow tines all count as a point if they are at least 1-inch long. A buck with seven points is a legal deer in counties with antler-point restrictions.

Counties with a 4 antler point minimum

Counties with a 4 antler point minimum

These counties require that bucks you harvest have at least four antler points on one side of their rack. This rule applies to both the archery and firearms deer hunting seasons. It does not apply to youth hunts.

  • Andrew
  • Atchison
  • Audrain
  • Barton
  • Bates
  • Benton 
  • Buchanan
  • Caldwell
  • Camden
  • Carroll
  • Cedar
  • Clark
  • Clinton
  • Daviess 
  • DeKalb
  • Gasconade
  • Gentry
  • Grundy
  • Harrison
  • Henry
  • Hickory
  • Holt
  • Howard
  • Johnson
  • Lafayette
  • Lewis
  • Lincoln 
  • Livingston
  • Maries 
  • Marion
  • Mercer
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Nodaway
  • Pettis
  • Phelps
  • Pike 
  • Pulaski
  • Ralls
  • Ray
  • Saline 
  • St. Clair
  • Ste. Genevieve
  • Vernon
  • Warren
  • Worth

This rule also applies to the portions of Cass, Franklin, Jefferson, and Platte counties NOT included in the urban zones.

Counties without antler point restrictions

  • Adair
  • Barry
  • Bollinger
  • Boone
  • Butler
  • Callaway
  • Cape Girardeau
  • Carter
  • Cass County (in Urban Zone)
  • Chariton
  • Christian
  • Clay
  • Cole
  • Cooper
  • Crawford
  • Dade
  • Dallas
  • Dent
  • Douglas
  • Dunklin
  • Franklin County (in Urban Zone)
  • Greene
  • Howell
  • Iron
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson County (in Urban Zone)
  • Knox
  • Laclede
  • Lawrence
  • Linn
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • McDonald
  • Miller
  • Moniteau
  • Mississippi
  • Morgan
  • New Madrid
  • Newton
  • Oregon
  • Osage
  • Ozark
  • Pemiscot
  • Perry
  • Platte County (in Urban Zone)
  • Polk
  • Putnam
  • Randolph
  • Reynolds
  • Ripley
  • Schuyler
  • Scotland
  • Scott
  • Shannon
  • Shelby
  • St. Charles
  • St. Francois
  • St. Louis
  • Stoddard
  • Stone
  • Sullivan
  • Taney
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Webster
  • Wright

Legal

Legal buck heads

Does, button bucks and bucks with spikes less than 3 inches are legal to take on Antlerless or Any-Deer Permits; but for deer management, it is better to take does.

Protected

buck head
buck head

Protected deer include all antlered deer (defined as having at least one antler 3 inches or longer) that do not have a minimum of at least four points on one side.

 

Check the Code

This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year.
Refer to the Wildlife Code.