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All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are special-purpose vehicles that require careful, responsible handling and good judgment. Always follow the rules for safe and ethical operation.

  • Do not shoot from an ATV.
  • Carry firearms unloaded and cased, or on a proper gun rack.
  • Wear a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation.
  • Stay on the main roads and trails. Pick your route carefully to minimize terrain damage.
  • Missouri law prohibits driving an ATV or ORV in streams except when fording streams at customary road crossings or for agricultural purposes on land owned by the ATV/ORV operator. Doing so under other circumstances can result in fines and suspension of all state hunting and fishing privileges. Crossing or riding in creeks and streams:
    • Kills aquatic insects and small animals that fish depend on for food not only through actual contact but also through disturbing the sediment and habitat in the stream.
    • Destroys habitat needed by fish and the animals they eat.
    • Destroys vegetation on the water’s edge which then allows erosion to take place.
    • Muddies the water, making it less pleasant for swimming, canoeing, fishing, and other recreation.
Hunter and all-terrain vehicle (ATV)