Hunting in Missouri

Missouri Hunting at Glance

Missouri has a long tradition of hunting, dating back to the early days of settlement when it was necessary for survival. Today, hunting is still popular in Missouri and provides many people with recreation and enjoyment. It’s also an important part of the state’s economy, contributing millions of dollars each year.

Missouri is a state with a great deal of natural beauty. The Ozarks in the south are still largely untouched and heavily forested, while the Great Plains to the north of the Missouri River feature rolling hills. Hunting is a popular activity in Missouri, and there are many opportunities to hunt deer, turkey, quail, and other game animals.

Missouri ranks #19 in the nation for hunting license per capita and has a strong hunting culture with over 7.7% of the population classified as registered hunters.

Key Insights

  • Hunting is popular in Missouri and is an important part of the state’s economy.
  • Missouri has a strong hunting culture with over 7.7% of the population classified as registered hunters.
  • The state is predominantly private land, with only 5.73% considered huntable public land.
  • Deer, turkey, and quail are the most popular animals to hunt in Missouri.
  • Small game hunting, including squirrel, pheasant, quail, rabbit, and dove hunting, is popular throughout the state.

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Hunters (Based on Hunting Licenses)
Population: 6,154,913
Hunters 473,928
Hunter % 7.7%
Hunters Rank 19

The state of Missouri is predominantly private land and only 5.73% of the total acres could be considred huntable public land. In fact, Missouri ranks #27 overall in acres of public huntable land.

Land Types (Acres)
Acres % Rank
Total 44,094,700
Huntable Public 2,525,000 5.73% 27
Private Land 41,439,690 93.98% 16
Tribal Land 0 0 no tribal land

Missouri ranks #16 for the percentage of private land vs total acres and doesn’t have any tribal land.

Missouri Hunting Seasons & Requirements

For the most accurate information on Missouri Hunting Seasons, along with the state’s requirements for tag and bag limits, it’s a good idea to check with the Missouri DNR.  We’ve provided their contact information below, along with links to helpful resources, including licensing.

Missouri DNR

2901 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65109

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Popular Game to Hunt in Missouri

The most common types of hunting are deer, turkey, and quail. Big game such as deer and elk can be found in the southern and eastern parts of the state, while turkeys are more prevalent in the central and northern regions. Small game such as rabbits and squirrels can be found throughout Missouri.

Small Game Hunting in Missouri

Missouri is a top state for small game hunting, with squirrels, pheasants, quail, rabbits, and doves being the most popular species. Squirrel hunting is especially popular in the southeastern part of the state, where there are large populations of fox and gray squirrels. Pheasant hunting is also popular in Missouri, particularly in the northwest corner of the state. This region is known for its large tracts of farmland, which provide ideal habitat for pheasants. Quail and rabbit hunting are also popular statewide, with both species being found in both rural and urban areas. Dove hunting is also popular in Missouri, with good numbers of mourning and white-winged doves being found throughout the state.

Big Game Hunting in Missouri

Missouri is home to a variety of big game animals, making it a popular destination for hunters from all over the country. The most common big game animals to hunt in Missouri are whitetail deer, black bear, mule deer, and elk. Each of these animals offers its own unique challenge, and no two hunts are ever the same. Whether you’re looking for a trophy buck or an elusive elk, Missouri has something to offer every big game hunter.

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Where are the Best Areas to Hunt in Missouri

Missouri offers great hunting opportunities across the state, both on public and private land. We’ve included some of the best areas for public hunting below and as we have access we’ll be adding more private land too.

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Popular Public Hunting Land in Missouri

While the majority of Missouri is private land, you can still find decent hunting on some public land. Popular public hunting spots include Truman Lake, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Mark Twain National Forest, and Eleven Point State Park. Each of these locations offers something unique, so it’s important to do some research to find the best fit for you. The Busch Conservation Area is also a great option for those looking for a place to hunt. If you are able to get the necessary permits and can get out hunting early in the season you may have a better chance of finding some good hunting in these areas, though for more variety and less skittish animals, private hunting can be a better option.

1. Truman Lake
2. Ozark National Scenic Riverways
3. Mark Twain National Forest
4. Eleven Point State Park
5. Busch Conservation Area

Hunting Private Land in Missouri

Since the majority of Missouri is private land getting access for hunting can be very appealing. When you hunt private land, it’s not only less crowded, the animals also tend to be less skittish and this means you’ll have a better day out in the field.  Traditionally, accessing private land for hunting has been complicated and expensive.  You either needed to join a club, hire a guide, or start knocking on doors.

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