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Missouri Waterfowl Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Regulations in Missouri

Light Goose Conservation Order

  • Dates: February 7 - April 30 (2023 & 2024)
  • Hunting Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset
  • Target Species: Snow, blue, and Ross's geese
  • Bag Limits: None
  • Valid Permits: Conservation Order Permit; holders of Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner or Small Game Hunting Permits are exempt
  • Allowed Methods:
    • Shotguns up to 10 gauge with no magazine restrictions
    • Nontoxic shot required
    • Electronic calls
    • Hunting dogs
    • Motorized boats (if motion has ceased)
  • Prohibited:
    • Lead or other non-approved nontoxic shot
    • Rifles, pistols, single-projectile firearms
    • Banned firearm types and traps
    • Hunting from vehicles or aircraft
    • Sighting devices casting beams, night vision
    • Live decoys and baiting

Teal Season

  • Dates: September 9-24, 2023
  • Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Target Species: Blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon teal
  • Bag Limits: Daily 6, Possession 18
  • Valid Permits: Small Game Hunting, Migratory Bird Hunting Permits, and Federal Duck Stamp

Brant and Canada Geese Season

  • Dates: October 7-15, 2023, and November 11, 2023 - February 6, 2024
  • Hunting Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset
  • Bag Limits: Daily 3, Possession 9 (combined limits)
  • Valid Permits: Small Game Hunting, Migratory Bird Hunting Permits, and Federal Duck Stamp

Youth Waterfowl Hunting (Middle/North/South Zones)

  • Dates: October 21-22, 2023 (Middle/North Zones), November 18-19, 2023 (South Zone)
  • Hunting Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset
  • Bag Limits: Ducks Daily 6, Coots Daily 15, Light Geese Daily 20, Canada/brant Daily 3, White-fronted Daily 2
    • Various species limits apply
  • Youth Exemptions: No permit required, must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult with potential permit requirements if adult is hunting

Duck and Coots Regular Season (North/Middle/South Zones)

  • Dates:
    • North Zone: October 28 - December 26, 2023
    • Middle Zone: November 4-12, 2023, and November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
    • South Zone: November 23-26, 2023, and December 7, 2023 - January 31, 2024
  • Hunting Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset
  • Bag Limits: Ducks Daily 6, Coots Daily 15
    • Various species limits apply

Common Hunting Regulations Across All Seasons

  • Allowed Methods:
    • Shotguns up to 10 gauge (3-shell max capacity)
    • Nontoxic shot only
    • Hunting dogs
    • Motorized boats (if motion has ceased)
  • Prohibited:
    • Lead or other non-approved nontoxic shot
    • Rifles, pistols, and single-projectile firearms
    • Punt guns, battery guns, swivel guns, fully automatic firearms
    • Traps, snares, nets, explosives, poisons
    • Baiting and live decoys

Please consult the Missouri Department of Conservation website for detailed zone maps and additional information regarding local ordinances and any late-breaking updates to hunting regulations. Compliance with these regulations is crucial for sustainable hunting practices and the conservation of waterfowl populations.

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