DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF MISSOURI?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Missouri, hunting licenses visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website.
WHAT ARE THE MISSOURI TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged and/or checked after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer and turkey. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Immediately after a hunter has taken a deer or turkey the appropriate permit must be notched. Paper permits can be notched or torn to indicate the month and day or the harvest. Permits can also be “notched” electronically using the MO Hunting App.
Once the permit has been properly notched the deer or turkey may be transported within the state. Harvested game animals within the state do not need to be tagged so long as the hunter who took the animal remains with it, but if a hunter leaves the deer or turkey it must be tagged.
To properly tag a taken deer or turkey, attach the notched permit to the deer or turkey’s leg, and (ideally) seal the tag in a waterproof bag (such as a zip-top), and attach the tag with wire or string.
Deer or turkey must also be reported by 10 PM on the day of the harvest, before processing, or before leaving the state (whichever comes first). Deer and turkey can be reported by phone using the Telecheck system, or online using the MO Hunting App.