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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.

Hunter shaking hands with farmer

  • 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.