Missouri Hunting with Dogs Rules

Hunting with Dogs: Regulations and Restrictions

Species Prohibiting the Use of Dogs

Hunting deer, elk, and turkey with dogs is strictly forbidden. Additionally, dogs may not be utilized to hunt or retrieve muskrat, mink, river otter, and beaver.

Time and Location Restrictions for Using Dogs

  • Dogs are not allowed when hunting furbearers (badger, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, raccoon, and striped skunk) during daylight from November 1 until the end of the November portion of the firearms deer season and throughout the antlerless and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) portions of said season in open counties.
  • Specific restrictions exist against using dogs for hunting squirrels and rabbits during daylight hours of the November firearms deer season in select Missouri counties: Butler, Carter, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, and Wayne.
  • Additional bans apply during the firearms portion of the elk hunting season in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon counties, where dogs cannot be used for hunting squirrels, rabbits, and the aforementioned furbearers during daylight hours.

Identification Requirements for Dogs

When involved in hunting activities, all dogs—save for those used in waterfowl and game bird pursuits—must wear a collar displaying the owner's full name and address, their Conservation Number, or a complete telephone number to ensure proper identification.

Dog Training Regulations

In terms of training, dogs may be permitted to chase wildlife typically hunted with canine assistance, provided that they do not actually catch any wildlife during the training. Individuals must possess the appropriately corresponding hunting permit or be within the bounds of an exception when their dogs are chasing wildlife for training purposes.

Only blank ammunition in pistols is permitted during daylight for dog training purposes when during the off-season or closed seasons for that particular wildlife.

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