The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds waterfowl hunters they have from Sept. 1 through Sept. 18 to apply online with MDC to hunt on 12 wetland areas intensively managed by the Department for waterfowl. For more information and to apply starting Sept. 1, go to and search “Waterfowl Reservations,” or apply directly at

The reservation system allocates half of the available hunting opportunities on these areas for Missouri residents chosen through a random drawing. The other half are for walk-in hunters who draw on-site each morning for the remaining spots.

MDC reminds hunters that waterfowl hunting in Missouri is influenced by habitat conditions, weather, and the timing of migrations more than overall duck and goose numbers.


MDC provides detailed information on Missouri waterfowl hunting in its “2017-2018 Waterfowl Hunting Digest,” available where permits are sold and online at It includes information on duck status, duck zones, season dates, required permits and stamps, bag limits, hunting areas, and more.

Get hunting details by species from the MDC website at


Buy hunting (and fishing) permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at, or through MDC’s free mobile apps, MO Hunting and MO Fishing, available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.