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Missouri - A Guide to bow hunting Deer and Catching Turkeys

The Missouri Department of Conservation Mission:

To protect and manage the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state,

To serve the public and facilitate their participation in resource management activities,

To provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about fish, forest, and wildlife resources.


MDC's work began in 1937, when citizen-led efforts created the Department to restore, conserve and regulate Missouri's over-stressed fisheries, forests and wildlife populations. During our first 40 years, hunting, fishing and trapping permits provided most of our funding, but in 1976 an expanded program, the "Design for Conservation," was passed to set aside one-eighth of one percent sales tax directly to the agency. That consistent funding, plus a strong, non-political structure and very supportive public helped make Missouri a national leader in conservation. Today we continue our legacy of protecting our state's wild resources and helping Missourians connect with their natural heritage. Our goal is to sustain diverse, healthy plant and animal communities–well into the future.

For more information about Missouri: http://www.missouri.gov/

Official State Travel/Tourism Web Site: http://www.visitmo.com/

Missouri Department of Conservation: http://www.mdc.mo.gov/regs/

State natives and residents:

State bird: Eastern Bluebird

State flower: Hawthorn

State fruit: Norton Cynthiana grape



State agencies often require licenses, permits or certifications for a wide range of activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. States work to prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas. The links below will help you find license and permit information, and how to apply.