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Missouri 2020 Deer Firearms Season Opens Nov 14
Live Online Agent Q&A About Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Oct 21

Submitted by:  TBC Press
Posted on: 10/15/20
News # 13988
Missouri 2020 archery deer season is underway. Firearms season opens Nov 14. There are some important regulations for deer and turkey hunters this year (a summery is outlined below). Hunters are also advised to consult the 2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information.

MDC’s St. Louis Region hosting live online Agent Q&A event about fall deer and turkey hunting Oct. 21. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering an opportunity for people in MDC’s St. Louis Region to interact in real time with a regional conservation agent during an online Fall Deer and Turkey Regulation Question and Answer event covering fall deer and turkey hunting regulations. The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 6-6:30 p.m. and will feature St. Charles County Conservation Agent Corporal James Bolden. More information is located at

You may purchase your fall deer and turkey hunting permits using any of the methods below.
  • Over the counter from any permit vendor. No surcharges will be assessed.
  • Online anytime at Use your credit card to pay. No surcharges will be assessed. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately
  • By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card and pay a $1 surcharge. Allow 10 days for delivery.

Archery Deer and Turkey Season                 Antlerless Portion - Sept. 15–Nov. 13, 2020                             
  • Sept. 15–Nov. 13, 2020                           
  • Nov. 25, 2020–Jan. 15, 2021                  Alternative Methods Portion - Dec. 26, 2020–Jan. 5, 2021

Deer Firearms Season                                 Fall Turkey Firearms Season - Oct. 1–31, 2020 
  • Nov. 14–24, 2020
  • Antlerless -- Dec. 4–6, 2020 

  • You may take only two antlered deer during the archery and firearms deer hunting seasons combined.
  • Hunters using an archery permit may take only one antlered deer before the November portion of firearms deer hunting season.
  • Only one antlered deer may be taken during firearms deer hunting season (all portions combined).
  • If you are drawn to participate in a managed hunt, you may take as many antlered deer as allowed at that specific hunt. Deer taken at a managed hunt do not count toward your firearms or archery season limits.

Youth Portions
To participate, you must be at least 6 and no older than 15 on the opening day of the early youth portion.
  • Early Youth Portion: Oct. 31–Nov. 1, 2020
  • Late Youth Portion: Nov. 27–29, 2020

During the youth portions of firearms deer season, adults who accompany youth hunters do not need a deer hunting permit. The adult must be 18 or older and hunter-education certified or born before January 1, 1967.

Special regulations apply in Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Zone counties (see map, Page 7), including:
  • New! Carcass movement restrictions
  • Mandatory sampling for deer harvested Nov. 14–15
  • Prohibition on the use of feed and minerals

Information on CWD Management Zone regulations is found on pages 6–11 of 2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information.  For the latest information on mandatory sampling requirements, please visit

Telecheck your game
Whether you’re using a traditional paper permit or the MO Hunting app, after harvesting a deer or turkey, you must notch your permit and Telecheck your game. Here’s how.
  • You must Telecheck your deer or turkey by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest, before processing your game, or before you leave the state, whichever comes first. New! Deer harvested within the CWD Management Zone must be reported through Telecheck before leaving the county of harvest.
  • If you’re using a paper permit, follow the Telecheck instructions on Page 75. Write the confirmation number provided by Telecheck on your permit. If you’re using the MO Hunting app, select your notched permit from the list on the screen, tap “Telecheck,” and follow the prompts. Telecheck will upload a confirmation number directly to your mobile device.

For more information on hunting deer or turkey in MO see; 2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information