Hunting Seasons

Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

Hours

Coyotes may be taken all year.

Except during the daylight hours from April 1 - 17, 2016.

Notes

Coyotes, except as otherwise provided in this section, may be taken by hunting, and pelts and carcasses may be possessed, transported, and sold in any numbers throughout the year.

Special method restrictions apply during spring turkey season. See Allowed & Prohibitied methods.

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Coyote

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

May 09 2016 to Dec 15 2016

Notes

Groundhog pelts may be possessed and sold throughout the year.

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Groundhog

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

May 28 2016 to Feb 15 2017

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Grey Squirrel

Squirrel

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Jun 30 2016 to Oct 31 2016

Hours

Season opens at sunset on opening day. For sunrise and sunset times in your area, see the U.S. Naval Observatory web site: aa.usno.navy.mil/

Notes

Only the daily limit may be possessed on waters and banks of waters being fished or hunted.

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Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Dates

Sep 01 2016 to Nov 29 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

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Dove

Hunting

Dates

Sep 01 2016 to Dec 16 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

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Wilson's Snipe

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Dates

Sep 01 2016 to Nov 09 2016

Hours

One half-hour before sunrise to sunset

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Virginia rail looking for food

Sora and Virginia Rail

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Dates

Sep 10 2016 to Sep 25 2016

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

You may hunt blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, and cinnamon teal. Northern shoveler, northern pintail, and wood ducks have similarly-colored plumage but are illegal to hunt during this season.

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Blue teal on the water

Teal

Hunting

Waterfowl

Dates

Sep 15 2016 to Nov 11 2016Nov 23 2016 to Jan 15 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

An antler-point restriction applies in some counties.

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Deer

Hunting

Dates

Sep 15 2016 to Nov 11 2016Nov 23 2016 to Jan 15 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

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Turkey

Turkey

Hunting

Dates

Oct 01 2016 to Oct 09 2016Nov 11 2016 to Feb 06 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

Longer season with more days before Thanksgiving and during February.

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Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Waterfowl

Dates

Oct 01 2016 to Oct 09 2016Nov 11 2016 to Feb 06 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

Longer season with more days before Thanksgiving and during February

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Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Waterfowl

Dates

Oct 01 2016 to Feb 15 2017

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

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Rabbit

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Oct 01 2016 to Oct 31 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

Fall firearms turkey hunting is not permitted in Dunklin, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, and Scott counties.

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Turkey

Turkey

Hunting

Dates

Oct 15 2016 to Nov 28 2016

Hours

One half-hour before sunrise to sunset

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Woodcock grazing in grass

Woodcock

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Dates

Oct 22 2016 to Oct 23 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

See the zone boundary map for areas in the north zone.

Youth hunters must be age 15 or younger and accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older who is not allowed to hunt ducks but who can participate in other open seasons.

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Waterfowl

Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Dates

Oct 29 2016 to Dec 27 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

See the zone boundary map for areas in the north zone.

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Waterfowl

Dates

Oct 29 2016 to Oct 30 2016Nov 25 2016 to Nov 27 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

The antler-point restriction does not apply during the youth portions of the deer season.

To participate, you must be at least 6 and no older than 15 on the opening day of the early youth portion.

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Deer

Hunting

Dates

Oct 29 2016 to Oct 30 2016

Notes

Open to youths age 6 through 15. Youths who are not hunter-education certified must hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult; however, the adult may not hunt pheasants.

Only male pheasants may be taken. A foot or fully-feathered head must be left attached during transportation and storage.

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Ring-necked pheasant

Pheasant

Hunting

Dates

Oct 29 2016 to Oct 30 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

See the zone boundary map for areas in the middle zone.

Youth hunters must be age 15 or younger and accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older who is not allowed to hunt ducks but who can participate in other open seasons. 

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Waterfowl

Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Dates

Oct 29 2016 to Oct 30 2016

Notes

Open to youths age 6 through 15.

Youth who are not hunter-education certified must hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed mentor; however, the mentor may not hunt quail.

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Quail

Hunting

Dates

Nov 01 2016 to Mar 03 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

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Crow

Hunting

Dates

Nov 01 2016 to Jan 15 2017

Notes

Only male pheasants may be taken. A foot or fully-feathered head must be left attached during transportation and storage.

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Ring-necked pheasant

Pheasant

Hunting

Dates

Nov 01 2016 to Jan 15 2017

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Quail

Hunting

Dates

Nov 05 2016 to Jan 03 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

See the zone boundary map for areas in the middle zone.

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Waterfowl

Dates

Oct 01 2016 to Oct 09 2016Nov 11 2016 to Feb 06 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

Longer season with more days before Thanksgiving and during February.

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Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Waterfowl

Dates

Oct 01 2016 to Oct 09 2016Nov 11 2016 to Feb 06 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

Longer season with more days before Thanksgiving and during February

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Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Waterfowl

Dates

Nov 11 2016 to Feb 06 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

Hunting is limited to snow geese, blue geese, and Ross's geese.

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Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Waterfowl

Dates

Nov 11 2016 to Feb 06 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

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Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Waterfowl

Dates

Nov 12 2016 to Nov 22 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

An antler-point restriction applies in some counties.

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Deer

Hunting

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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Striped Skunk

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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Fox

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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Mink

Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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Opossum

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Feb 20 2017

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Otter

Trapping

Muskrat

Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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Badgers can be hunted and trapped in Missouri.

Badger

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

Notes

Jackrabbits may not be taken at any time.

Carcasses may not be sold.

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Rabbit

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

Notes

Bobcat pelts must be registered or tagged.

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Bobcat sitting on a tree limb

Bobcat

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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Raccoon

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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Coyote

Hunting & Trapping

Dates

Nov 19 2016 to Nov 20 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

See the zone boundary map for areas in the south zone.

Youth hunters must be age 15 or younger and accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older who is not allowed to hunt ducks but who can participate in other open seasons.

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Waterfowl

Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Dates

Sep 15 2016 to Nov 11 2016Nov 23 2016 to Jan 15 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

An antler-point restriction applies in some counties.

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Deer

Hunting

Dates

Sep 15 2016 to Nov 11 2016Nov 23 2016 to Jan 15 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

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Turkey

Turkey

Hunting

Dates

Nov 24 2016 to Jan 22 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

See the zone boundary map for areas in the south zone.

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Waterfowl

Dates

Oct 29 2016 to Oct 30 2016Nov 25 2016 to Nov 27 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

The antler-point restriction does not apply during the youth portions of the deer season.

To participate, you must be at least 6 and no older than 15 on the opening day of the early youth portion.

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Deer

Hunting

Dates

Dec 02 2016 to Dec 04 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

Some counties and county sections are closed to firearms hunting during this portion. The remaining counties have limits on the number of firearms antlerless deer hunting permits you may fill during firearms deer season (all portions combined). See map

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Deer

Hunting

Dates

Dec 24 2016 to Jan 03 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

The season limit is one antlered deer for all portions of the firearms deer season.

If you want to take additional antlered deer, you must hunt on an archer’s hunting permit during the archery deer season or in a managed hunt where antlered deer can be taken.

An antler-point restriction applies in some counties.

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Deer

Hunting

Dates

Feb 07 2017 to Apr 30 2017

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Notes

Hunting is limited to snow geese, blue geese, and Ross's geese.

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Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

Waterfowl

Closed Hunting Seasons

Dates

Nov 15 2015 to Mar 31 2016

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Beaver

Trapping

Dates

Apr 09 2016 to Apr 10 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Notes

Youth hunters who are age 6-15 on opening day may hunt.

Youth may also hunt during the regular Spring Turkey season.

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Turkey

Turkey

Hunting

Dates

Apr 18 2016 to May 08 2016

Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.

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Turkey

Turkey

Hunting

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