Only one antlerless deer may be taken throughout the whole weapons season (both segments combined). During the combined archery and firearm deer hunting seasons, you may take no more than two antlered deer. Some counties have an antler-point limitation. Check with your local county conservation officer or wildlife department for details.
The record is eight antlerless deer killed in Missouri. The record was set in 2011 by Chris Nielsen of Rolla with help from his father Dale. They took all their kills to a taxidermist who cleaned, preserved, and mounted them. Chris's total included seven buck deer and a doe. The entire family participated in the hunt under a special use permit granted by the state director of conservation. It is illegal to take more than two antlerless deer during a single firearms season.
In addition to the regular firearms season that runs from November 30 to January 20, Missouri offers three special hunts: the Mule Deer Hunt, the White-Tailed Deer Hunt, and the Unified Sportsmen Program. For information on these special hunts, contact your local county conservation officer or wildlife department.
Two points or fewer per antler may be present on no more than two antlered deer harvested during a license year. Any number of antlered deer having three or more points on at least one antler may be taken, up to the season bag limit. Within the existing bag limit, these deer may be taken in any order (see illustration).
The only way to know for sure is to check with your local department of natural resources. They should be able to give you the legal limit for your area.
MdDNR does not track how many deer hunters kill multiple deer during a single hunt. However, since most hunters want to take only one deer, this situation would likely result in some of those deer being left behind.
Since all deer are protected by law, and since hunters cannot remove any deer's antlers (except when taking certain species such as elk), killing more than one deer during a single hunt is illegal.
According to state legislation, hunters may take up to ten antlerless deer and no more than two antlered deer (with one of the two antlered deer having a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers). The deer season closes in January for the vast majority of sportsmen in the state. However, some counties may have different dates depending on how early they want to close out their seasons.
In any case, the number of permitted deer kills is based on the number of licenses issued. So if your county issues few licenses, then it will be easier to meet the limit. On the other hand, if it issues many more licenses, then you would have more opportunity to exceed that limit. Of course, there are also other factors such as what kind of habitat you're hunting, how much time you spend searching for deer, etc. That being said, most people can comfortably kill between one to three deer per year.
Since each deer has an individual tag, the limit imposed depends on how many tags are issued for that particular species and location. For example, if the limit is five deer and twenty-five percent of the available tags have been sold, then that means that half of the remaining tags will allow the hunter to shoot six deer.
It's important to note that recreational hunters can only possess those deer within the state limits, which means that they must be brought back to a licensed taxidermist to be processed into trophies.
There are six deer. The statewide season limit is now six deer per hunter, with no more than three antlered or four antlerless deer every season, except in regions 4 and 10, where restrictions are lowered to three deer per season, with no more than two antlered or two antlerless deer per season. Private lands may have their own limits; check with land owners before you go hunting.
In addition to the regular season, there is also a special one-day license available for $10 that allows you to hunt anywhere in the state on opening day.
The rule about only being able to shoot six deer in a season was originally put into law as a way to protect hunters who were abusing the system by selling their licenses to multiple people so they could cover several miles of terrain during the season and not be able to shoot any more than six deer. Since then, many hunters realize that it's better to avoid taking a deer rather than risk having your season closed out due to overage.
However, if you do happen to exceed your limit, don't worry about going back later in the season and picking off remaining deer. Once you have shot your maximum number of deer, all subsequent animals you see will be considered separate kills and require its own tag.
Tags are issued to registered hunters only. If you fail to bring your tag with you when you go hunting, you cannot claim your excess deer.
Limitations. During the early youth period, just one deer (of either sex) may be taken. If you have several permits, you must utilize them on another section. Tags are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+) and children (16-61), and free for children under 16. Private landowners can charge a fee for hunting on their land.
Missouri has some of the most restrictive rules regarding deer harvesting in all of North America. The number of licenses available each year does not meet the demand from hunters, so very few people are able to harvest their desired quota. In fact, according to the Department of Conservation's website, only about 1 out of 20 applicants is granted a permit. This is because Missouri allows only two licenses per person and tag sale proceeds go directly to conservation programs rather than being distributed among license holders.
The DCR estimates that Missouri's annual deer harvest to be around 75,000-100,000 animals. However, research has shown that between 2007 and 2009, the average number of licenses sold was only around 2,800, which means that more than half of all applicants were denied a permit. It is likely that the actual number of deer harvested each year is much lower than this estimate.
Each day, no more than one antlered deer may be taken. The only way to surpass the bag limit of three antlered bucks is to take them on TWRA or NWR regulated hunts when the bucks are specified as bonus deer in the section outlining WMA restrictions. Deer captured at Fort Campbell are also considered bonus deer.
The legal time limit for taking deer in Tennessee is one day after they were tagged by a licensed hunter. Hunters who fail to remove their tags before the deadline risk having their deer being confiscated and becoming the property of the state.
In order to prevent hunters from exceeding the bag limit, most states regulate the number of licenses available each year. In addition, most states impose size limits on harvested animals. For example, in New York, guns are limited to two per person, while rifles can be used by up to five people. Maximum size limits vary by species but generally range from 110 to 150 pounds for big game and 50 to 75 pounds for turkeys.
In Tennessee, there is no limit on the number of licenses that can be purchased each year. However, the Wildlife Commission can set an annual cap on the number of deer that can be harvested by all hunters combined. For example, if 100,000 licenses are sold and it takes 10 men four hours each to hunt deer, then about 4,500 deer could be harvested during the season.