Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters to get harvested deer sampled for Chronic Wasting Disease

With deer hunting in Missouri opening for archery season on September 15 and firearms portions in the coming months, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants hunters to know key information about chronic wasting disease.  MDC will be holding mandatory CWD sampling during the opening weekend of firearms season and voluntary CWD sampling all season for […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation expresses appreciation to deer hunters for “Sharing the Harvest”

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) thank the thousands of Missouri deer hunters who donated 238,920 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season, including 4,787 whole deer. MDC and CFM also thank the participating meat processors throughout the state who grind […]

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Department of Conservation reports 14,555 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 14,555 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 318 deer harvested, Callaway with 317, and Osage with 298. The harvest total for 2020’s alternative-methods portion was […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation harvest numbers for antlerless portion of deer season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 15,425 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season this past weekend. That’s 4,500 more than the corresponding weekend last year across the state. This past weekend, the top harvest counties were Callaway with 438 deer harvested, Morgan with […]

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November firearms deer harvest ends with 176,604, down almost 3400 from 2019

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows deer hunters in Missouri harvested 167,604 deer during the November portion of the firearms deer season from November 14th through November 24th. Of the deer harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks, and 64,905 were does. Top harvest counties in the state were Howell […]

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Missouri hunters take less deer on opening weekend than in 2019, weather a huge factor over the weekend

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 80,525 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season. That’s eight thousand fewer deer than the corresponding first weekend of 2019 which came in at a total of 88,760. Of the deer harvested […]

Missouri Department of Conservation changes November 14-15 mandatory CWD sampling to voluntary

The Missouri Department of Conservation announces it has changed its mandatory sampling requirements for chronic wasting disease to voluntary sampling in 30 counties during the opening weekend of this year’s November firearms portion of deer season. The change was prompted by ongoing cases and public-health concerns in Missouri regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The change will […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation offering CWD sampling; encourages Share the Harvest

With deer hunting in Missouri opening for archery season on Sept. 15 and for firearms portions in the coming months, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants hunters, landowners, and others to know key information about chronic wasting disease (CWD) and the Department’s related efforts to limit the spread of CWD in Missouri deer by finding […]

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Apply online for Missouri Department of Conservation managed deer hunts

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state for archery, muzzleloading, and modern firearms from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state and other parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public areas. Some managed hunts […]

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Deer hunters harvest more that 266,000 deer to date

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,543 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season Friday through Sunday. According to figures from the department, that’s four thousand more than the same period last year. Top harvest counties from the weekend were Callaway with […]

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November firearms deer season ends with total harvest of 178,936

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26. Of the 178,936 deer harvested, 91,420 were antlered bucks, 17,237 were button bucks, and 70,279 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,008 deer […]

Missouri Department of Conservation requiring mandatory CWD sampling as firearms deer season opens

With the November portion of Missouri’s fall firearms deer season opening Saturday, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants hunters, landowners, and others to know key information about chronic wasting disease, or CWD. MDC is continuing its efforts this fall and winter to limit the spread of CWD in Missouri deer by finding new cases and […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation has new rules for deer carcasses in ongoing fight against CWD

Starting in 2020, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has added additional regulations to the Wildlife Code of Missouri as part of its ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the deadly deer disease called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The new regulations change the requirements for transporting deer carcasses into Missouri and throughout the state […]

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Apply online for Missouri Department of Conservation managed deer hunts starting July 1

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state for archery, muzzleloading, and modern firearms.  The managed hunts will take place from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state and other parks, national wildlife refuges, and […]

Missouri Department of Conservation proposes new efforts to limit spread of CWD

The Missouri Department of Conservation is increasing its efforts to slow the spread of the deadly deer disease called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) throughout Missouri by proposing new regulations that would change requirements for transporting deer carcasses and add carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists. If approved, the regulations would become effective Feb. 29, […]

More Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered in Area Counties

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports 41 new positive test results for chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been confirmed following its sampling and testing of more than 32,000 free-ranging Missouri deer during its 2018-2019 disease-surveillance efforts. The 41 new positive test results bring Missouri’s total CWD detections to 116 since 2012. The new positives were […]

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Hunters harvest 12,080 deer during Missouri’s alternative methods season

Data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 12,080 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran December 22 through January 1st.  Of the total harvest, 3,081 were antlered bucks, 1,586 button bucks, and 7,413 does. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 304 deer […]