The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has made several regulation changes for deer and turkey hunters this fall.
• Crossbows have been added as a legal method during archery deer and turkey seasons and also during the fall firearms turkey season.
As a result, MDC has removed the “hunting method exemption” requirement for hunters to use crossbows during the archery deer season. The regulation change will provide additional hunting opportunities for young hunters and help prolong hunting activities for older participants.
• To offer additional hunting opportunities for youths, MDC has expanded the late youth portion of the fall firearms deer season from two to three days and moved it earlier in the season. It will now start on the first Friday after Thanksgiving instead of in early January.
• MDC has reduced the length of the deer-hunting antlerless portion from 12 to three days and it now begins on the first Friday in December.
• MDC has eliminated the urban-zones portion of the firearms deer season and has moved the areas under statewide regulations. According to MDC, there were so few deer harvested during this portion that it proved unnecessary.
• To help protect young bucks and increase the number of mature bucks, the harvest limit of antlered deer has been reduced from three to two during the combined archery and firearms deer hunting season.