Each year, MDC tests a sample of the state’s deer population for CWD. CWD testing has two main goals: detect the disease as early as possible in new locations and monitor changes in disease occurrence over time.
Get info for Fall Archery and Firearms Turkey Hunting
If you care about crops and native wildlife, please do what you can to control invasive species when you landscape, farm, hunt, fish, camp, or explore nature.
September 1, 2021 to November 29, 2021
Don't Move Firewood
Tree-killing Pests Travel in Firewood
The peak of fall color in Missouri is usually around mid-October. This is when maples, ashes, oaks, and hickories are at the height of their fall display.
Managed Deer Hunt Application (July 1-31)
Managed Deer Hunt Results (Aug. 15)
Pre-Season Waterfowl Draw (Sep. 1-18)
Pre-Season Waterfowl Draw Results (Oct. 1)
In-Season Waterfowl Draw (Oct. 12 - Jan. 17)
Elk Permit Application (May 1-31)
Bear Permit Application (May 1-31)
Elk/Bear Permit Draw Results (July 1)
Spring Turkey Managed Hunts (Feb. 1-28)
Spring Turkey Managed Hunt Results (March 15)
Hunter education is required to purchase a firearms hunting permit in Missouri. Get more information about the details on hunter education requirements.
You have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your bear. Bear can be field-dressed or quartered with evidence of sex retained prior to being Telechecked. You can transport unchecked bear within the state as long as the permit is attached to the bear or with the hunter so long as the hunter is with the bear.
Get more information on how to telecheck your bear.
You have until 10 p.m. on the day taken to check your deer. When you Telecheck your deer, you will be asked a few short questions based on whether you are checking a doe or an antlered buck. These questions will help biologists gather information on the ages of deer harvested.
Get more information on how to telecheck your deer.
You have until 10 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your elk. Elk can be field-dressed or quartered with evidence of sex retained prior to being Telechecked. You can transport unchecked elk within the state as long as the permit is attached to the leg or with the hunter so long as the hunter is with the elk.
Get more information on how to telecheck your elk.
You have until 10 p.m. on the day taken to check your turkey. During checking, hunters will be asked the age and sex of their turkey. Monitoring the age and sex of harvested turkeys provides a valuable measure of the fall harvest. Hunters may also submit feathers as part of a research project.
Get more information on how to telecheck your turkey.
Alternatives to doing business in person with MDC.
Rather than travel to an MDC location, consider the following online options.
Online Hunter Education
Take the skills portion online, or Missouri residents 16 years of age and older can complete the entire program online.
Attend a variety of programs virtually from the comfort of your home.
Find an event
Watch a Commission Meeting
The Conservation Commission offers live streaming of all commission meetings to make it easier to learn about key conservation topics.
Watch a meeting
Online Nature Shop
Purchase for-sale publications, and the natural events calendar.
Visit the nature shop
Subscribe to receive the Missouri Conservationist and Xplor magazines in your mail box, or via email.
MDC Public Contacts
Talk with a conservation agent, biologist, forester or other public contact.
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