All deer and turkey hunters, including landowners and lessees, must have valid deer and/or turkey hunting permits. Resident landowners and lessees who meet the qualifications may obtain the no-cost resident landowner permits listed below.
Do I qualify for a landowner/lessee permit?
Take this quick quiz to see if you can get no-cost resident landowner permits.
If you meet one of the conditions below, you can get no-cost resident landowner permits.
- You must own at least 5 continuous acres or be an immediate household member age 6 or older of someone who does.
Note: Landowners do not need to live on their land to qualify for landowner permits; they must, however, be Missouri residents.
- You must lease and live on at least 5 continuous acres owned by others or be an immediate household member age 6 or older of someone who does.
Note: Participation in a hunting lease alone does not qualify an individual for landowner permits.
- You must be a general partner of a partnership, an officer of a resident or foreign corporation, an officer or managing member of a resident limited liability company, or an officer of a benevolent association organized pursuant to Chapter 352 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri when the before mentioned organization owns at least 5 continuous acres. In the case of corporate ownerships, all registered officers of a corporation can qualify, and they are not required to reside on the land. People who own stock in a corporation (shareholders) do not qualify.
Immediate household member is defined as anyone, related or unrelated, whose legal residence is the same as the qualifying landowner or lessee for at least the last 30 days. Family members whose legal residence is elsewhere do not qualify.
Which permits can I get?
Qualifying resident landowners and lessees who have at least 5 acres, and all members of their immediate household age 6 or older, may each receive:
- One Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit
- One Resident Landowner Fall Firearms Turkey Hunting Permit
- One Resident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit
- One Resident Landowner Archer’s Hunting Permit
- Two Resident Landowner Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits depending upon county availability
Qualifying resident landowners and lessees who have 75 or more acres located in a single county or at least 75 continuous acres bisected by a county boundary, and all members of their immediate household age 6 or older, may each receive:
- All of the landowner permits listed above
- Resident Landowner Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permits depending upon county availability
One permit allowed in blue counties. Two permits allowed in all other counties.
What do I need to apply?
- Your Conservation number, Social Security number, or driver’s license number
- The county or counties where your land is located
- The number of acres you own or lease and reside on
Note: Landowners may be required to submit proof of ownership if it cannot be verified through county plat books.
How do I obtain Landowner Permits?
You may obtain your no-cost resident landowner permits using any of the methods below.
- Over the counter from any permit vendor. Go early to avoid long lines. No surcharges will be assessed.
- Online anytime. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately.
- From your smartphone using the MO Hunting app. Your permit will appear on the app immediately after purchase.
- By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card and pay a $1 surcharge. Allow 10 days for delivery.
Are there special rules for landowners/lessees?
Qualifying landowners and lessees:
- Must abide by season dates, methods, limits, and tagging/checking requirements.
- Must use landowner permits only on their qualifying property. To hunt on other land, landowners and lessees must purchase regular permits.
- Must be at least 6 years old to obtain landowner permits.
- May use their landowner permits to take deer on their land during archery deer season and all portions of the firearms season including the urban zones and antlerless portions (if their property is located in one of the open areas).
- With 75 or more acres in more than one county must comply with landowner antlerless deer limits for each county.
- May fill Resident Landowner Archery and/or Firearms Any-Deer permits and purchased permits. However, each hunter may take only two antlered deer during the archery and firearms deer hunting seasons combined and only one antlered deer during firearms season. For example, landowners and lessees who take an antlered deer on one firearms any-deer permit must take an antlerless deer on the other firearms any-deer permit. Deer taken on a managed deer hunting permit do not count toward this limit.
- May fill their no-cost landowner antlerless permits and also purchase and fill additional antlerless permits according to county limits.