Antlered Deer in the forest

Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters of baiting regulations during deer and turkey seasons

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters to be aware of baiting regulations during the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. The use of bait, including grain or other feed, placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey, while hunting is illegal. The regulations are in place to help limit the spread of chronic wasting […]

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 […]

Share The Harvest

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 […]

White Tail Deer Standing In The Woods

Missouri Department of Conservation reports final deer season totals

Missouri’s 2019-2020 deer hunting and fall archery turkey seasons ended Wednesday. The Missouri Department of Conservation reports a preliminary total deer harvest of 285,483. One hundred thirty-three thousand nine hundred fourteen were antlered bucks, 27,931 button bucks, and 123,638 does. Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 6,247 deer checked, Callaway […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

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 […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

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 […]

Share The Harvest

Deer hunters reminded that they can “Share the Harvest”

Deer hunters across Missouri are reminded they can donate deer free of charge for inclusion in the “Share the Harvest” program of the Conservation Department. Donations of deer to approved facilities is free thanks to corporate sponsors that pay the deer processing fee. The program allows deer hunters to donate their extra venison to participating […]

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 […]

Young Deer Hunter

Young hunters harvest 18,158 deer during youth portion of deer season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 18,158 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2019 deer hunting season Saturday and Sunday. The Missouri Department of Conservation reports the total is 4,500 more than the 2018 season of youth firearm deer season. Top harvest […]