With the arrival of fall, many hunting seasons are either open, or will soon be opening. Archery deer and turkey season opened on September 15. It closes for firearms season on November 15. It reopens after firearms season on November 27. The final day on the second portion of archery season is January 15.
Few changes are seen from year to year with archery season, except for CWD restricted counties. Prior to this season, Boone, Callaway, and Randolph were counties in the CWD zone. The zone has changed for the 2019 deer season and those counties are no longer in the CWD zone. The removal of the CWD restrictions places those counties back into the four-point antler restriction for taking antlered deer. Feeding of deer is allowed again as well. Feed must be completed removed from the area at least 10 days prior to hunting or it is considered baiting.
Permits also has seen a change from the 2018 to the 2019 deer season. Lessee landowner permits are no longer allowed. To be eligible to obtain landowner permits, you either must own the property, or be in the immediate household of the property owner.
Hunter orange is required during archery season when hunting during the firearm youth season dates of November 2 and 3, and from November 29 until December. It is also required during the antlerless season of December 6 through December 8. If you are hunting on public ground which does not allow firearm hunting, then you are not required to wear hunter orange clothing if you are archery hunting on an archery permit.
Fall firearms turkey season opens on October 1 and closes October 31. Two birds of any sex maybe taken during the season. Unlike the spring season, both birds may be taken on the same day.
The early goose season starts on October 5th and last through October 13. Three Canada or Brant geese combined maybe taken during the season. Regular waterfowl regulations apply. A small game permit, a migratory bird permit and a federal duck stamp is needed to hunt waterfowl, unless you are exempt by age or by other means.
If you have any wildlife related questions or information, please call me, Norman Steelman Audrain County Conservation Agent at 573-473-8000. You may also call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-392-1111 if you have information regarding a violation of the Missouri Wildlife Code. You may remain anonymous, and you may ask to be considered for a reward if you wish.