The vast majority of land in Missouri is under the direct ownership and influence of private landowners. Private landowners own more than 93% of all land and 85% of forestland.
- Ask landowners for permission to hunt.
- Follow their restrictions on when and where you may hunt.
- Treat livestock and crops as your own.
- Offer to share a part of your harvest with the owner.
- Leave all gates the way you found them.
- If you notice something wrong or out of place, notify the landowner immediately.
- Never enter private land unless you have obtained permission first, even to retrieve shot game.
Common Landowner Complaints About Hunters
- Do not get permission to hunt.
- Do not tell the landowners when they arrive at or leave the property.
- Leave litter behind.
- Drive off the roads/trails into fields.
- Do not leave gates as they were found (open or shut) when the hunter arrived.
- Shoot too close to buildings, neighbors, or livestock.