Missouri Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

From Whitetail to Dove and Coyote to Pheasant, Missouri offers some of the most exciting hunting seasons in America. Not only are the Deer in Missouri among the biggest in the country, but the state is often overlooked as a destination hunting state. Missouri offers hunters over 2 million acres of quality public land. With a population of 1.3 million whitetail and a low hunter density, Missouri hunting seasons should not be overlooked.

In order to make hunting in the state as easy as possible, licenses for Missouri hunting seasons are available online.


Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 15-Nov. 10
Nov. 22-Jan. 15
Firearms – Anterless Dec. 1-Dec. 3
Firearms – Main Season Nov. 11-21
Firearms – Alternative Methods Dec. 23-Jan. 2
Youth Firearms Hunt Oct. 28-29
Nov. 24-26

Pheasant Seasons

Youth Hunt Oct. 28-29
General Season Nov. 1-Jan. 15

Quail Seasons

Youth Hunt Oct. 28-29
General Season Nov. 1-Jan. 15

Turkey Seasons

Fall – Firearms Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Fall – Archery Sept. 15-Nov. 10
Nov. 22-Jan. 15

Coyote Seasons

Trapping Nov. 15-Jan. 31
Hunting Year-round

Coyote hunting with dogs is prohibited statewide during deer firearms season.

Small Game Seasons

Fox (Red or Grey) Nov. 15-Jan. 31
Rabbit (Hunting only) Oct. 1-Jan. 31
Dove Sept. 1-Nov. 29
Common Snipe Sept. 1-Dec. 16
Frog June 30-Oct. 31
Crow Nov. 1-Mar. 3
Groundhog May 8-Dec. 15
Opposum Nov. 15-Jan. 31
Badger Nov. 15-Jan. 31
Squirrel May 27-Feb. 15
Raccoon Nov. 15-Jan. 31
Striped Skunk Nov. 15-Jan. 31
Sora and Virginia Rail Sept. 1-Nov. 9
Woodcock Oct. 15-Nov. 28

Some Missouri hunting seasons vary by zone. For more information on regional dates, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website. Missouri offers some of the most accommodating hunting seasons in the country.