Where to Hunt Deer & Turkey in the Ozarks

September 20, 2016

For the hunting enthusiasts out there, this is one of the most exciting times of the year.

Turkey and Deer season opened last week for archery and it will be open until November 11, then reopens November 23rd and closes January 15th. Turkey season opens for firearms October 1st and runs until the end of the month. Deer season for firearms will be open from November 12th to November 22nd and then again December 24th to January 3rd.  There’s also a small Doe season from December 2nd to December 4th.  For all the rules and regulations, the Missouri Department of Conservation has you covered.

The Ozarks have plenty of great places to hunt.  Here’s an interactive map of some of the best public places to hunt turkey and deer this season!


Ball Town Access

Richards, MO

This 194-acre conservation area boasts some prime deer and turkey hunting spots.  It’s just off the Little Osage near the Augustus Busch Junior Wetlands in Western Missouri.  This would make a great weekend hunting trip!

For questions regarding area information or regulations please contact the Four Rivers Area Headquarters office at (417) 395-2341.



Bethel Prairie Conservation Area

Jasper, MO

230 acres of prairie land just west of Golden City in Western Missouri, Bethel Prairie makes a great spot to snag a few deer or turkey!

For more information call417-629-3423


Allen Memorial Conservation Area

Mountain Grove, MO

Named after the inventor of the compound bow, Wilbur Allen, this area is a bow hunter’s dream. Allen Memorial CA has plenty of woods and many open areas as well.  It has a full mile of frontage to the Gasconade River and 380 acres overall.

For more information call417-256-7161

Barnes Conservation Area

Cabool, MO

According to the MDC, this area is primarily wooded forest with whitetail deer, wild turkey and gray squirrels wandering about. It’s a 116 acre area just about 60 miles east of Springfield.

For more information call417-256-7161

Bennett Spring State Park

Lebanon, MO

Bennett Spring State Park is just west of Ft. Leonard wood in Lebanon.  It’s more than 150 acres of woodlands with a half mile of access to the Niangua River.  There’s bound to be some deer and turkey floating around here! It also has two boat ramps and is ripe with Bass, trout and sunfish!

For more information call417-532-4418


Barclay Conservation Area

Lebanon, MO
Barclay is 426 acres of forest, grasslands and glade.  Just 40 miles north of Springfield, this one would make a good day trip to fill one of your tags.  There’s all sorts of springs and ponds and some great hiking, canoeing and fishing too!
For more information call417-532-7612

Bear Creek Conservation Area

Lebanon, MO

Bear Creek is about 720 acres of prime hunting ground spread across 4 tracts. There’s also a wheelchair accessible hunting blind here, too!  A natural animal watering hole will draw them in, and there’s tons of places to set up shop in the woods too!

For more information call417-532-7612

Beaver Creek Conservation Area

Rolla, MO

Beaver Creek is just south of Rolla near the Mark Twain National Forest.  There’s an archery range here too, so you can practice your release a bit before getting in the action!

For more information call573-368-2225

Angeline Conservation Area

Eminence, MO

Angeline CA is big. It’s more than 38,000 acres of beautiful Ozarks land with nearly unlimited possibilities.  There’s fishing, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, camping,  and birdwatching.  But this article is about hunting, and there’s plenty of  that!

For more information call573-226-3616

Barn Hollow Natural Area

Summersville, MO
Barn Hollow is a 250+ acre conservation area on the Jack’s Fork river 3 miles north of Mountain View in Texas County.  It’s heavily wooded and features a well-known stream that flows into Jack’s Fork.  There’s also a viewing deck to take in the natural beauty of gorgeous wooded forest.  This view will be amazing when the leaves start to change!
For more information call417-256-7161

There’s tons of great place to hunt in the Ozarks, but please remember to be safe out there and call ahead to get all the details you need!
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