JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Hunters take to the woods in Missouri again, starting this weekend – with the beginning of deer and turkey season for bow hunters.  It begins the fall hunting season, which includes the firearms deer and turkey seasons, stretching well into autumn.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says the archery deer and turkey season is scheduled in two parts this year – Sept. 15-Nov. 10 and again Nov. 22, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018.

In between, the firearms deer season runs November 11-21.

The full schedule:


Archery Season: Sept. 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018.
Firearms Turkey Season: Oct. 1 – 31


Archery Deer: Sept. 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018
Firearms Deer Early Youth Portion: Oct. 28 and 29
Firearms Deer November Portion: Nov. 11 – 21
Firearms Deer Late Youth Portion: Nov. 24 – 26
Firearms Deer Antlerless Portion: Dec. 1 – 3
Firearms Deer Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2018

The MDC says archers are allowed to harvest two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken prior to Nov. 12. Hunters may purchase and fill any number of archery antlerless deer-hunting permits during the archery deer season in all open counties.

A new regulation this year limits hunters to two antlered deer during the archery and firearms deer seasons combined. Archers can also harvest two turkeys of either sex. Both may be taken the same day. Bow hunters can use a longbow, compound bow, recurve bow of any draw length or a crossbow. Hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights and atlatls are also allowed.
Hunters can purchase permits at any Missouri Department of Conservation office, area vendors, or  online at

More on deer season dates, limits, permits and regulations can be found here  

Turkey season limits, permits and regulations can be found here