Missouri Deer Hunting

Many restrictions have been placed upon Missouri deer hunters throughout the years. Deer hunting was limited to certain counties, buck only or any-deer, and sometimes the whole season only lasted a day or two, if there was one. 1959 was the first year the use of firearms, during deer hunting season, was permitted for the entire state. The duration of this season was a mere six days. In 1961, hunters were allowed to harvest multiple deer, one with a gun and one with a bow.

Regulations, and the wildlife resource agency have managed to populate the state of Missouri with deer in plenty. Over 230,000 deer were harvested in 2008. With a harvest rate this high, deer herd totals have climbed dramatically. The present deer hunting season runs over a couple of months.

Missouri Deer Hunting Facts

  • Top typical buck at 205 0/8.
  • Top non-typical buck world record 333 7/8 found by Dave Beckman in 1981.
  • Over 230,000 deer harvested in 2008.

When you think Missouri, ‘The Gateway to the West’ may come to mind. What might not come to mind is Missouri being home to the world record non-typical buck. It was found in St. Louis by Dave Beckman in 1981. Missouri, an Indian name meaning town of the large canoes, has been home to much hunting success in recent years.

Rutting peaks around the third week of November. At any time before this, you may have to wade through bucks trying to walk to your tree stand.

Popular Public Hunting Areas in Missouri

Caney Mountain Conservation Area—Covering 7,899 acres, includes gun and bow ranges, and three zones to hunt. For more information, check out Caney Mountain Information.

Missouri Private Hunting Areas

Do you own private hunting land or offer guided hunts in Missouri? Contact us about a listing in this section!

Other Resources

For Missouri hunting license information, rules and regulations, visit Missouri Department of Conservation.