Missouri’s Fall deer and turkey archery seasons begin Saturday and continue through Nov. 9. Those planning on hunting on Fort Leonard Wood should make sure they have the proper permits and be familiar with the installation’s hunting and fishing regulations before heading out.
Regulations and permits can be obtained in two easy ways: In person at the Outdoor Adventure Center or online at the installation’s iSportsman portal.
Located at 16810 FLW K Road, the OAC is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days per week. It has copies of regulations available and sells all state and local licenses. Those with questions can call the OAC at 573.596.4223.
Regulations and permits can also be found on the iSportsman home page at https://ftleonardwood.isportman.net. Visitors should start by registering at the site. Once registered, they can use it to start checking in and out, purchasing necessary permits and more.
It is now mandatory for all persons hunting on Fort Leonard Wood to check in and check out of hunting areas. By registering, you can also download a free Outdoor Recreation Permit for activities other than hunting and fishing, such as hiking, riding horses, berry picking, mushroom hunting and more.
Limits, permits and methods
Archery hunters anywhere in Missouri need to follow state regulations covering limits, permits and methods:
— Archery hunters may take one antlered deer prior to Nov. 10 and two turkeys of either sex.
— Archery hunters must have a Missouri Archer’s Hunting Permit ($19 for adult Missouri residents, $9.50 for youth ages 6 to 15).
— Archery deer and turkey season hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and continue until one-half hour after sunset.
— Allowed methods include longbows, compound bows and recurve bows of any draw weight, crossbows, hand-held string-releasing devices and atlatls. Illuminated sights, scopes and quick-point sights are also allowed. — Prohibited methods include any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game, night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a bow or firearm, electronic calls, bait or dogs. Live decoys may not be used to take turkeys. Motor-driven conveniences may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife.
— It is illegal for hunters to clean a deer carcass in a river, creek or pond.
— Antler-point restrictions are in place in some Missouri counties. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation site at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/seasons for further details.
— Deer and turkeys must be checked by 10 p.m. on the day they are harvested. When Telechecking your deer or turkey, hunters will be asked a few short questions that biologists will use to gather information on the ages of deer and turkey harvested. The required information can be referenced on page 62 of this year’s Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations.