Before heading out to fish or hunt for deer, turkey, waterfowl, furbearers, or small game, be sure to buy the right permits. You can buy them online, over the phone, at any Department office, or from more than a thousand vendors around the state.

You may need to purchase a special permit if you collect, handle, breed, or process wild animals. For example, wildlife managers, researchers, taxidermists, dog trainers, collectors, and hobbyists need special permits. All special permits must be purchased at Department headquarters in Jefferson City.

Purchasing Permits

  • This year's deer and fall turkey permits will be available on July 1.
  • You can purchase permits at your local Department office and at many stores that sell hunting and fishing equipment.
  • From your smartphone using the MO Hunting app. Your valid permit will appear on the app immediately after purchase.
  • Buy via telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card, and pay a $1 surcharge. Allow 10 days for your permits to arrive.
  • Buy online using e-Permits. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately. Note: you will not receive a permit by mail with e-Permits.
  • Special permits for commercial hunting and fishing, collectors, taxidermists, and others are also available.
  • This list is subject to change without notice.
  • Permit prices have been in effect since July 1, 2009.

The following permits are available only through MDC

  • Resident National Guard and Reserve Service Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit ($5)
  • Lifetime Permits
  • Special Hunting and Fishing Permits
  • Commercial and Collector Permits

Federal and state statutes require buyers of fishing, hunting, and trapping permits to provide their Social Security number. This requirement also applies to free landowner permits.

Individuals who do not have Social Security numbers will be required to affirm that information. Falsifying a Social Security number may result in revocation of privileges or criminal charges. Social Security numbers are securely stored and used in support of the Missouri Department of Social Service’s child support enforcement.

Conservation Permit Card

The Conservation Permit Card allows multiple permits to be carried on a single plastic card (except deer and turkey permits, the Federal Duck Stamp, Daily Trout Tags, the White River Border Lakes Permit, and reciprocal privileges with other states). As new permits are purchased, they will be loaded automatically onto the card. Both the Conservation Permit Card and Heritage Card serve as proof of hunter-education certification when printed with a hunter-education number.

The Conservation Permit Card will gradually replace existing Heritage Cards. Those with a current Heritage Card may purchase a Conservation Permit Card for $2 if they want to carry their permits in card format. Lost Heritage Cards will also be replaced with the Conservation Permit Card for a $2 fee. Note: The Heritage Card is not a permit.

In This Section

Commercial and Confined Wildlife Permits

Find the applications needed to obtain a commercial and confined wildlife permit.

Fishing Permit Information

Everyone who fishes in Missouri must have the appropriate lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit, or qualify for an exemption. Browse Missouri fishing permit rules and obligations.

How to Reprint a Permit

See step-by-step instructions for how to print another copy of any permit you’ve purchased.

Hunting and Fishing Permit Exemptions

Certain Missouri residents are exempt from needing certain hunting permits. Find out who is exempt from what permits.

Hunting Permit Information

Everyone who hunts or traps in Missouri must have an appropriate hunting or trapping permit or qualify for an exemption. Browse requirements and exceptions.

Lifetime Permits

Missouri lifetime hunting and fishing permits are available to Missouri residents only. Browse permit types, requirements, and fees.

Qualifications for Resident Permits

Find out who qualifies for resident permits.

Qualifications for Landowner Permits

Find out who qualifies for no-cost resident landowner permits.

Special Fishing and Hunting Permits

Find permit applications for lifetime permits, special military permits, and group permits.

Special Use Permits

You will need a special use permit to trap on conservation areas, have group activities, place geocaches, use certain powered mobility devices, or do other special activities.

Wildlife Collector Permits

All persons who take or attempt to take wildlife for research or study purposes must possess a wildlife collector's permit.

Permit Auto-Renewal

Permit Auto-Renewal Service (Auto-Renewal) will allow a customer to enroll eligible permits in a service that will automatically renew their permits prior to the start of the next season or permit year. This process was designed to ensure a customer never has an expired permit when they need it most.


Conservation Permit Card

The Missouri Conservation Permit Card makes buying hunting and fishing permits a breeze.

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Apprentice Hunter Program

Missouri's Apprentice Hunter Program gives people a chance to try hunting before getting hunter-education certified, as long as they hunt with an experienced hunter.

Check the Code

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

Landowner Permit Quiz

Take this simple quiz to determine if you qualify for a no-cost or reduced-cost landowner permit.

See if you qualify for landowner permits.


If you're a Missouri resident and in the National Guard or reserve forces, you may be eligible for reduced cost permits or exceptions.
Learn more about military permits.

The Conservation Permit Card

The card makes buying hunting and fishing permits easy.
Learn more about the permit card.

Apprentice Hunter Authorization

Apprentice hunters can purchase firearms hunting permits and hunt in the immediate presence of a mentor.
Learn more about apprentice hunters.

Permit Auto-Renewal

Learn more about how to enroll in the Permit Auto-Renewal Service.

Permit Auto-Renewal