Hunting and Trapping

Missouri is home to world class hunting. Whether it is a trophy buck, giant gobbler or premier fur that you’re looking to bag, Missouri’s Department of Conservation (MDC) provides the perfect hunting experiences and habitats. Look below for more information about hunting and trapping in Missouri.

Get Permits

Learn to Hunt

Get started hunting with hunter education. It’s required in Missouri, and it qualifies you to buy a firearms hunting permit. Our Discover Hunting workshops teach better shooting and hunting skills. Find hunter education opportunities near you and online.

Public Hunting Areas
Search conservation hunting areas by county.
Managed Hunts
Missouri offers numerous managed deer hunts for archery, crossbow, muzzleloading and modern firearms from mid-September through January. These hunts achieve deer management goals while also providing additional hunting opportunity. Hunters are selected by a weighted random drawing system.


Over 1.3 million Missourians fish. Some of them fish for sport or relaxation; others fish only for food. They all spend quality time on the water and then return home to a satisfying meal of sizzled or grilled fish that they have caught themselves.

Get a Fishing Permit

Learn to Fish

Fishing is easy to learn and fun to do, especially with your friends and family members. Find locations, techniques and programs to help you catch fishing fever!