Missouri MDC Hunting Season Dates 2024-2025

Thayne Muthler

The Missouri Department of Conservation Announces 2024-2025 Hunting Season Dates. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has finalized the hunting season dates for deer and turkey for the 2024-2025 seasons. On November 11th, 2023, the MDC publicly released the calendar of season dates during a meeting in Jefferson City.

Missouri hunting dates for 2024-2025

The spring youth turkey hunting season: April 6-7, 2024.

The general spring turkey season: April 15th through May 5th. 

Archery deer season dates 

  • September 15th through November 15th, 2024.
  • November 27th through January 15th, 2025.

Firearms deer seasons are as follows:

  • Early Antlerless Portion: October 11-13, 2024 in open counties
  • Early Youth Portion: November 2-3, 2024
  • Regular Firearms November Portion: November 16-26, 2024
  • CWD Management Portion: November 27 - December 1, 2024 in open counties
  • Late Youth Portion: November 29 - December 1, 2024
  • Late Antlerless Portion: December 7-15, 2024 in open counties
  • Alternative Methods Portion: December 28, 2024 - January 7, 2025

Changes coming in the spring

Some regulatory changes were also announced. For private lands, the legal spring turkey hunting hours will now be from sunrise to sunset. The bag limit for the fall turkey season was reduced from four to two birds and will require a permit regardless of the weapon used. Public feedback will be gathered on the proposed turkey regulation changes in 2024.

The purpose of the updated season dates and regulations is to provide more hunting opportunities that accommodate busy modern lifestyles, according to MDC statistics which show participation declining in Missouri. Both resident and nonresident hunters are encouraged to check the official MDC guidelines and plan their hunting activities around the new dates and rules.

In summary, Missouri hunters now have a comprehensive planning schedule for the 2024-2025 deer and turkey seasons as established by the wildlife management experts at the MDC. Following the appropriate regulations will help preserve these treasured outdoor traditions.

Proposed Regulations for Fall Turkey Hunting

Permit Requirements

Under the new proposals by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), all fall turkey hunters, including both firearm and archery enthusiasts, will need to obtain a specific fall turkey-hunting permit. This adjustment aims to separate turkey hunting from the archery-deer permit, which previously included turkeys.

Bag Limit Adjustments

The proposals also suggest a significant reduction in the bag limit for fall turkey hunting. The current allowance of up to four turkeys of either sex, regardless of beard presence, is proposed to be cut down to two. This change reflects concerns about the potential impact of hen harvesting on local turkey populations at the individual property level, even though it is not currently affecting the statewide population negatively.

Public Involvement

Importantly, these are not yet final changes. The MDC is inviting public commentary on these proposed regulations. Feedback can be provided between February 2 and March 2, exclusively on the MDC website. This period of public comment is a crucial time for hunters and conservationists to voice their opinions and contribute to the decision-making process regarding these potential changes in turkey hunting regulations.