CWD Testing Locations

Free voluntary sampling and testing of harvested deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) is offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation, including some MDC offices and participating taxidermists and meat processors. MDC is also offering self-service freezer drop-off locations for hunters to deposit harvested deer heads to have tested for CWD. Instructions, packing supplies, and information tags are available at […]

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Fewer Deer Harvested in Firearms Season

Despite having a longer season, hunters early this month harvested fewer deer in the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season. Hunters took 14,896 deer this season, compared to 15,630 last year. This year the season was expanded from three days to nine days. This season Callaway was the top county with 467 deer harvested followed by Pike with 376 […]

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Youth Firearms Deer Season This Weekend

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages young hunters to get outdoors and discover nature this weekend, during the early portion of youth firearms deer season Oct. 31 – Nov. 1.  Shooting hours run one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. To participate, hunters must be at least 6-years-old and no older than 15 on opening day. Valid […]

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CWD Sampling Changes For Opening Deer Season Weekend

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) made a change to the mandatory sampling requirements for chronic wasting disease (CWD).  The department’s change to voluntary sampling in 30 counties during the opening weekend of this year’s November firearms portion of deer season was prompted by ongoing cases and public-health concerns in Missouri regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This change impacts hunters who […]

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