Duck Hunting in Missouri

Missouri, Duck Hunting Nation State, Waterfowl Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting




Duck Statewide Harvest


Goose Statewide Harvest


No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually


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Geese Per Hunter


Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

Season $94; daily small-game $14

Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

Two major river systems — the Mississippi and Missouri — funnel ducks and geese through the Show-Me State on their annual migrations.

Missouri has a pretty good system of conservation areas. The state has 15 properties that are intensively managed for waterfowl. A dozen of those have a reservation system that allocates half the blinds. Prospective hunters can apply for those blinds. The other half of the blinds at those sites go to hunters who show up for a draw each morning. Three more places are designated as quick-draw areas: Eagle Bluffs, Grand Pass and Otter Slough. Quick-draw areas allocate 75 percent of blinds in advance. Hunters apply twice a week for hunts held Friday through Monday and Tuesday through Thursday.

For those who don't draw and don't want to stand in line without knowing if they can hunt, the state has dozens of open public hunting opportunities on management lands and conservation areas throughout the state.

Some of the best public hunting areas include the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area along pools 24, 25 and 26 of the Big Muddy. Hunters will also find good hunting at Swan Lake NWR and Mingo NWR, although you'll need to check for areas open to hunting there.

— Compiled and written by Joe Shead

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