That doesn’t mean everyone follows the rules.
"We allow fair chase,” Lane said. “This here method here where deer are out in the open, easy access to hunting, that's not a part of fair chase."
For hunters and landowners in the area it’s important the deer stay protected.
Missouri archery season closes January 15. Conservation agents say it's tough to tell at this point if the water will recede enough by then to resume legal deer hunting.