2024-2025 Hunting Dates for Archery and Firearms

Archery Deer and Turkey Dates

  • Dates: September 15 - November 15, and November 27 - January 15, 2025

Firearms Deer Dates

  • Early Antlerless Portion: October 11-13 (only in open counties), 2024
  • Early Youth Portion: November 2-3, 2024
  • November Portion: November 16-26
  • CWD Portion: November 27 - December 1 (only in open counties), 2024
  • Late Youth Portion: November 29 - December 1, 2024
  • Late Antlerless Portion: December 7-15 (only in open counties), 2024
  • Alternative Methods Portion: December 28 - January 7, 2025

Season Regulations

    Archery Season Specifics

    • Antler-point restriction may apply based on county
    • Archer's Hunting Permit allows two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer pre-November 11
    • Unlimited archery antlerless permits outside of Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, and Pemiscot counties
    • A combined limit of two antlered deer across archery and firearms seasons
    • Valid Permits: Archer's Hunting, Archery Antlerless

    Archery Allowed Methods

    • Bows (longbows, compound, recurve) and crossbows
    • String-releasing devices and illuminated scopes/sights
    • Atlatls

    Archery Prohibited Methods

    • Beam-light casting sights, night vision/thermal imagery
    • Electronic/bait/dogs/live decoys for turkeys
    • Hunting from motor-driven conveyances or boats with motors

      Firearms Season Specifics

      • One antlered deer limit across all portions of firearms season
      • Antlerless restrictions by county
      • Valid Permits: Firearms Antlerless, Any-Deer

      Firearms: Allowed Methods

      • Centerfire handguns/rifles, shotguns, air-powered guns (.40 caliber+)
      • Muzzleloaders, multiple-barreled firearms, and crossbows

      Firearms: Prohibited Methods

      • Firearms holding over 11 rounds, buckshot, full metal case projectiles
      • Fully automatic firearms and light-beaming devices
      • Electronic calls, night vision, bait, and hunting with dogs

        Alternative Methods: Allowed

        • Includes specific firearms, muzzleloaders, handguns, air guns
        • Archery equipment and atlatls

        Alternative Methods: Prohibited

        • Rifles capable of loading other than from the muzzle, shotguns
        • Multiple projectile ammunition, hard case projectiles, automatic firearms

        All hunters should refer to the Wildlife Code of Missouri for detailed regulations and consult local ordinances for additional restrictions. For a complete view of county-specific antlerless restrictions, consult the provided map materials. Adherence to these rules ensures ethical hunting practices and proper wildlife management.

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