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Atlatls (pronounced "at-la-tal" or "a-tal-a-tal") are ancient hunting tools that preceded the bow and arrow in most parts of the world. It is essentially a stick with a handle on one end and a hook or socket on the other. The hunter places a light spear, called a "dart," in the hook and then flips the atlatl to release the dart. This flipping motion propels the dart much faster and farther than it could be thrown by hand alone.

  • Atlatls are legal in Missouri for hunting (except during turkey seasons).
  • Individuals using an atlatl during any firearms season must have a hunter-education certificate card to purchase permits and hunt, unless otherwise exempt due to age, apprentice hunter authorization, or a developmental disability exemption.
  • Check Missouri’s Wildlife Code for more specific information on hunting with atlatls.