Hunting & Trapping

Cottontail rabbit sitting in grass

Includes Eastern Cottontail and Swamp Rabbits.

Eastern Cottontail
“Cottontail” describes the characteristic appearance of this rabbit's tail: when it is raised, the white undersurface is conspicuous and resembles a fluff of cotton.

Swamp Rabbit
Larger and yellower than the eastern cottontail, the swamp rabbit is confined to swamps of Missouri’s Bootheel. As a wetland dweller, it’s a good swimmer and diver, but lack of swamp habitat is making this rabbit’s numbers decline.

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