Laws and Regulations

Covering laws and regulations as they apply to the state of Missouri.

  1. Fair Chase Prohibits Hunting of Deer Fleeing Flood Waters

    Life in Missouri is a bit on the wet side these days as the mighty Mississippi flexes her muscles thanks to tremendous amounts of rain swelling her beyond her banks. Although shows of her strength in the past have proven similar, dealing with flood waters is a problem for us all. Whether it is road closures that have you trapped and unable to move about freely from home and work or that your home is one of the 7,100 structures overcome by water, times are tough in Missouri thus far in 2016....
  2. Regulation Changes for the 2016-2017 Season

    From time to time, hunting regulations are changed within Missouri. Taken into account when making these changes is what is best for both hunters and the management of deer herds along with a focus on the current state of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) within the state. At this time, the Missouri Department of Conservation is looking at implementing changes to the Code of State Regulations that will go into effect for the 2016-2017 hunting season. The upcoming changes that could impact you as...
  3. Senate Bill 506 Defeats Reclassification of Missouri Whitetails

    Captive deer have long been a source of contention in Missouri. With many parties both for and against raising deer in captivity, the argument recently heated up as Senate Bill 506 took the spotlight. The intention of this bill was to classify captive deer as livestock, thereby changing the department from which deer farmers would receive oversight. The current classification allowed deer farm management to be monitored by the Department of Conservation, but Senate Bill 506 would change...
  4. County Ordinance 5534.2: What It Meant for Missouri Hunters and Why It Was Repealed

    Laws and ordinances exist everywhere and it sometimes seems as if they have a hand in regulating many things, even too many depending on who you ask. On a regular basis, new laws are born, much of which are not very well communicated to the public they will go on to directly impact. One such example of this is an ordinance recently affecting Missouri residents and hunters in Jackson County. The specifics of this ordinance, known as County Ordinance 5534.2 (see page 5) are as follows:...
  5. Missouri Whitetail Deer Season is Coming Soon: Dates and Info

    Deer season is nearly upon us, and if you have not yet taken the time to review Missouri's season opening dates, now is the time to do so. Being aware of what season begins when means not missing out on a single day of in the field. Now is also a key time to make those other preps, such as acquiring the proper, signed permit (permits for this season were available starting in July, so it is possible to get yours at any time now), stocking up on ammo, and making sure your camouflage, hunt...
  6. What Does Poaching Mean In Missouri?

    The most discussed form of poaching pertains to Africa, and parts of Asia, but various state laws around the country are very stringent when it comes to American poaching, especially deer. What would constitute deer poaching in Missouri? When it comes to Missouri state law, an example of poaching deer includes shooting a deer from the road and extracting their meat at the kill scene. Numerous deer carcasses have been found around the state, with the heads or antlers removed. Other activities...
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