What You Learned
The atlatl is a stick with a handle on one end and a hook or spur on the other end. To use an atlatl, you launch a dart using an arm motion similar to throwing a baseball. The atlatl is legal for hunting many game species and during many firearms seasons.
The crossbow is a short-range hunting tool. It is a bow with a rifle-like stock that shoots shorter arrows. The most common types of crossbows are recurve and compound. Crossbows are legal during all firearms hunting seasons, except fall turkey season. They are legal during archery season and fall firearms turkey season for hunters who meet Missouri crossbow exemption requirements.
The bow is another short-range hunting tool. The most common types are the longbow, recurve bow, and compound bow. All three types use arrows of varying lengths, materials, styles, etc. Longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows are legal during all firearms hunting seasons.
An arrow is as deadly as a bullet, so the basic rules that govern firearm shooting also apply to archery.
Muzzleloaders are loaded through the muzzle of the gun. Types of muzzleloaders include matchlocks, wheel locks, flintlocks, percussion locks, revolvers, and modern inlines. The three common projectiles are the round ball, the bullet, and shot pellets. Only use black powder or a black powder substitute in these firearms. Muzzleloaders are legal for all firearms hunting seasons, but you must use the proper type of ammunition and the correct caliber or gauge of gun.
Modern air rifles for hunting small game have a CO2 or compressed air reservoir built into the gun. Big bore air rifles are designed for hunting larger game and have separate pressurized compressed air tanks to fill their reservoirs. Air rifles are legal for hunting many game species and during many firearms seasons.