Hunting & Fishing

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Managed Deer Hunts

2020 Big Spring Exceptional Warrior Deer Hunt Application. (.pdf file)

Hunting in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Hunting is permitted inside most areas of Ozark National Scenic Riverways and subject to state regulations. Consult the Missouri Wildlife Code for legal methods of pursuing and transporting game and seasons. (Also available as a booklet where hunting licenses are sold). (Please check the most recent wildlife hunting and fishing regulations before hunting or fishing! at Missouri Department of Conservation.

  • A Missouri hunting license is required.
  • All state seasons and limits apply

    Areas closed to hunting, year round:
  • ¨ Alley Spring Area
  • ¨ Big Spring Area
  • ¨ Round Spring Area
  • ¨ Powder Mill / Owls Bend Area
  • ¨ Big Spring Wildlife Refuge Area
  • ¨ All other developed park areas

Vehicles -including off-road vehicles and ATVs, must remain on the established county roadways. Off-road travel is prohibited. All vehicles, including ATVs must be properly licensed and have a valid county permit and all required safety equipment.

Fishing is permitted in the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, with a valid Missouri fishing license. However, fishing in springs or spring branches is strictly prohibited. Consult the Missouri Fishing Regulations for regulations, length limits and seasons. (There is also a booklet available where fishing licenses are sold). Anyone possessing trout must also have a valid trout permit.


Current River and its tributaries from Montauk State Park to Cedargrove bridge (Blue Ribbon Area):

Bait - Only artificial lures and flies are permitted. Soft plastic, scented and natural (natural fish food and other food substances - such as: worms, fish eggs, dough baits) are specifically prohibited.

Trout must be at least 18" long, or be immediately released.

Daily limit is 1 trout of any species. A trout permit is required, regardless of age, to have trout in your possession.Trout in possession must retain head, skin and tail. (No filets)

Current River below Cedargrove (White Ribbon Area)

  • No length limit on Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout must be at least 15"
  • All authorized lures in White Ribbon Area
  • Daily limit 4

BLACK BASS SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREA (The Black Bass family includes the Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Spotted (Kentucky) Bass)


Jacks Fork River between Highway 17 and Two Rivers.

Smallmouth Bass Starting in 2017 smallmouth bass in the Jacks Fork Management Area must be at least 15" in length, previous regulation was 18", or else immediately released unharmed.

Black Bass Daily limt 6 including only 1 smallmouth.

New in 2017, statewide minimum length on Goggle-Eye, Goggle-Eye must be at least 7" to keep in both the Jacks Fork and Current River, daily limit 15.


Black Bass Daily limit 6

Minimum lenght is 12"

New in 2017, statewide minimum length on Goggle-Eye, Goggle-Eye must be at least 7" to keep in both the Jacks Fork and Current River, daily limit 15.

Last updated: November 25, 2020

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P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


(573) 323-4236

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