2. With the exception of deer, turkeys, and some types of waterfowl, Missouri citizens may hunt or trap on their own land without a permission. You are not permitted to hunt with a rifle within 150 yards of a dwelling. It is 50 yards with archery.
3. A license is required for all hunters over 18 years old. Private landowners can decide what type of game they want to allow on their property. This may include big game such as elk, moose, and bear. They can also choose to allow hunting of small game such as squirrels and rabbits. If you plan to hunt on private land, make sure to check with the owner to see if you can be allowed to do so.
4. It is illegal to kill any animal during closed season or after hours. However, since most animals have wide open spaces between them, this is easy to do undetected.
5. It is recommended that you wear camouflage when out in the field to help hide from prey.
6. All meat from hunted animals must be brought back to where it was taken from. This includes meat from fish hunted underwater. Animals killed in Missouri must be reported within 24 hours. Failure to report an animal killed on private land could result in a fine.
7. It is illegal to sell meat obtained from animals that have been reported illegally.
The following are Missouri's alternative hunting equipment laws: Longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows are authorized throughout all firearms hunting seasons. Muzzleloaders are lawful for all firearms hunting seasons, but you must use the correct type of ammunition and muzzleloader caliber or gauge.
You can only hunt deer with a bow during rifle season. Bow hunters must be within range of a suitable stand (within easy hearing distance) to be effective. If you miss your stand you lose your chance at a trophy buck!
It is illegal to take a deer with a bow and arrow outside of rifle season. All bow hunters must tag their deer immediately after taking them. This ensures that younger, healthier animals aren't killed by older, more experienced hunters.
Missouri allows cross-hunting. This means that if one person owns the land on which they are hunting, they can permit another person to hunt on that land as long as they agree not to hunt any species that the first hunter doesn't want hunted there. For example, let's say that I own some land in Missouri and I allow you to come out and hunt it. You can only hunt deer on my land, but you can choose whether you want to hunt rifles or shotguns.
Bait is not permitted to be used while shooting deer or other sorts of animals in Missouri. Bait can be used in some states that allow hunting with dogs, but it is not legal in all states. The use of bait may be allowed by state law in certain areas when no hunters are present or when the landowner allows the use of bait as a management tool.
Missouri has banned the use of bait because they don't want people to think that killing deer is okay if you lure them into a trap. They also do not want people to take advantage of landowners who may allow for its use on their property. Finally, baiting deer is inhumane.
It's best to leave things natural so that the animal's death is not brought about by humans. This means that if you see someone out baiting, make sure that you tell them that this action is not allowed in Missouri and that they should not be doing it. No one wants to see animals suffer, so if you see someone using bait, take pictures or video and contact local authorities or wildlife officials before moving away from the scene.