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.
Bag Limit: 6 ducks daily with species restrictions of:
4 mallards (no more than 2 females)
2 scaup for first 45 days and 1 scaup for last 15 days
3 wood ducks
2 hooded mergansers
2 black ducks
1 mottled duck
Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag or 18 total, varies by species
Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession
Youth do not need a permit to hunt.
Youth must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. If the youth is not hunter-education certified, the adult must (1) be hunter-education certified unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1967 and (2) possess a permit to hunt small game or be exempt..
Note: Adult hunters assisting youths during the regular waterfowl seasons must have a permit to hunt small game, a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and a Federal Duck Stamp.
Allowed & Prohibited Methods
Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller. Must not hold more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined. Use nontoxic shot only.
Motor boats or sailboats may be used, but only if the motor has been shut off and/or the sails furled, and the boat’s progress therefrom has stopped.
Lead shot or other shot that has not been listed as nontoxic by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Rifles and pistols
Firearms that propel a single projectile at one discharge
Punt guns, battery guns, swivel guns, fully automatic firearms, traps, snares, nets, fish hooks, poisons, drugs, explosives, and stupefying substances
Motor vehicles or aircraft. Paraplegics and people missing one or both legs may hunt from a stationary vehicle
Sink boxes or any other type of low-floating device that conceals the hunter beneath the surface of the water
Electronic calls or electronically activated calls
Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game