Hunting With All-Terrain Vehicles
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.