Submitted by Kyle Dick, Conservation Agent

Starting this year, resident landowners with 20 or more contiguous acres and nonresident landowners with 75 or more contiguous acres qualify for landowner deer and turkey permits and must submit their property information to the MDC Landowner Registry to receive them.

The landowner registry is needed by both the department and permit vendors to help eliminate misuse of landowner permits and privileges. Conservation agents across the state find several hundred violations each year related to the misuse of landowner permits and privileges.

Each qualifying landowner and each member of their qualifying household must register to receive free or discounted permits. Submissions remain valid for three years from the original entry or from the last update. In some cases, landowners may be required to submit additional information if ownership cannot be verified through county records.

Learn more about the MDC Landowner Registry and apply online through the secure MDC webpage at mdc.mo.gov/landownerpermits. The page also provides answers to common questions.

For a paper application and more information on the registry, go online, email permits@mdc.mo.gov, call MDC Permit Services at 573-522-0107 and select Option 1, or mail a request to: Missouri Department of Conservation, Permit Services – Landowner, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180.

Those completing their registry application online will be able to obtain free or discounted landowner deer and turkey permits as they become available from permit vendors, online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through MDC’s MO Hunting free mobile app, available for download through Google Play or the App Store.

Those who choose to complete their registry through a paper application must submit the form 60 days prior to the opening day of the desired season to guarantee the application is processed.

Starting this year, MDC has raised the minimum acreage requirement from five to 20 contiguous acres for resident landowners and members of their immediate households to receive free landowner permits for deer and turkey hunting. Resident landowners with five or more acres and members of their immediate households are not required to register their property and may continue to hunt small game, fish, and trap on their qualifying properties without a permit.

More than 90 percent of land in Missouri is privately owned and landowners play a key role in maintaining healthy deer and turkey numbers by providing essential habitat. If you have any questions please contact me, Conservation Agent Kyle Dick, at 816-383-0404 or kyle.dick@mdc.mo.gov.