Missouri Deer News
... The antler-point restriction remains in effect for Saline County in 2015 as well as all bordering counties excepting Chariton and Cooper. The antler-point restriction requires any antlered deer harvested to have at least four points on at least one side of the deer's rack...

Missouri deer hunting season set to be shorter August 31, 2015 Fourstates Home Page 
... "What we've seen through science and harvest numbers is that the population has either been holding steady or decreasing in some parts of the state, therefore the added number of days are not needed to control the population," ...

Missouri deer hunting changes approved, most for next year August 27, 2015 Missourinet
... The firearms deer season in November 2016 has been reduced in Missouri from eleven to nine days ...  the deer population in Missouri has mostly stabilized or declined ... The number of bucks a deer hunter can kill has also been reduced from three to two ... 

Changes afoot for Missouri deer hunters August 23, 2015 Columbia Daily Tribune
... After 2015, Missouri is going to be a two-buck state.  ... Crossbows have been controversial for years... they’ll be legal for use during the entire archery season... urban zones weren’t accomplishing their goal of removing deer from the most troublesome urban areas. Hunters were mainly hunting the more rural, outlying areas of the urban zones ... 

Commission approves changes to 2016-’17 deer regulations August 21, 2015 Missouri, houstonherald.com
... changes to fall deer season structure include: .. reduce the length from 11 to nine days... Reduce the length of the antlerless portion from 12 to 3 days ... Comments related to the proposed regulation changes can be submitted online to the conservation department from Oct. 2-31

Ellisville to hand deer control over to police August 21, 2015 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
... Aldermen approved on Wednesday night allowing city police officers to use rifles to reduce the deer population... The city has 52 deer per square mile ...

Another conservative deer season set to rebuild population August 20, 2015 Missouri, Dairyland Peach
... “We are continuing a conservative harvest approach in order to raise deer numbers consistent with our recent goal-setting process.” ... Northern Minnesota hunters will again feel the impact of a bucks-only season. In bucks-only areas ...
Missouri deer hunting season could be shorter in 2016-17
 ... August 19, 2015 The Kansas City Star
...  Missouri Department of Conservation ... outlined changes that will reduce season length, cut limits and add one new weapon to the hunters’ arsenal for the 2016-17 season... deer numbers are either stable or declining in much of the state...

Private deer operations find new life in ruling by circuit court August 19, 2015 Missouri, The Kansas City Star
... a Missouri circuit court issued late last week blocked enforcement of new regulations ... including prohibiting the importation of captive deer and other cervids into the state ... campaign to control the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...

Chronic Wasting Disease's gradual spread worries wildlife biologists August 16, 2015 Missouri, The Spokesman Review
... Increasing numbers of harvested deer in Missouri have tested positive for CWD. In the 2014-15 season, 15 afflicted deer were taken in the core area. More troubling to officials was the discovery of CWD in one deer taken far from that hot zone...

... A Missouri state court has entered a ruling blocking enforcement of new state regulations that threaten the existence of the state’s growing farmed-deer industry by preventing the importation of privately owned cervids into the state...

... Scott and his wife, Janna, have worked hard in the past 14 years to attract wildlife ... A mama deer picked a landscaping bed only feet from their duplex-style condo as a safe place to leave her baby all day, every day while she’s out foraging for food...



Gobblers, Deer, And The Conservation Illusion June 26, 2015 Missouri, Lake Expo 
... Where landowners want there to be deer and turkey, there will be deer and turkey, and where they do not, there will still be a few. The term “deer management and turkey management” is only talk now ... “The Missouri Conservation Commission”, a different organization entirely than the “Missouri Department of Conservation” we have today...

Deer spotted in downtown St. Louis June 17, 2015 Missouri, 4 KMOV
...  St. Louis Health Director Melba Moore said crews came out to check on the deer. They said it cannot move it because they believe its mother will return...

...Lifting antler-point restriction and increasing availability of antlerless permits in key central and northeastern counties aim to slow the spread of deadly deer disease [chronic wasting disease] ... Young bucks can also potentially spread the disease to new areas as they search for territories and mates... “The challenge with CWD is that there is no way to fully eradicate the disease from an area once it has become established,” ...

2014-15 Missouri Deer Season Summary & Population Status Report [PDF] June 10, 2015 Missouri Department of Conservation
     The 2014-2015 deer harvest of 256,753, was a 2% increase from 2013-14 and the second lowest statewide harvest since 2000. The statewide harvest total is a result of significant declines in central, northern, and western counties and increased harvest across portions of southeast and southwest Missouri compared to past ten years. Deer numbers have decreased over the past five years in many counties across central, northern, and western Missouri as a result of liberalized antlerless harvest opportunities coupled with significant hemorrhagic disease outbreaks in 2007, 2012, and 2013. Deer populations in many of these areas have fallen below acceptable levels as reflected by a decline in the portion of production landowners who state there are too many deer and an increasing portion of hunters who state there are too few deer. In 2014 the number of firearms antlerless permits was reduced in many counties to better meet deer population management goals and ensure that deer numbers are maintained at levels acceptable to the general public, production landowners, and hunters. The reduction in the availability of firearms antlerless permits resulted in 11% fewer firearms antlerless permits being issued in 2014-15. Additionally, for the first time since 2001, more antlered bucks were harvested than does. As a result of antlerless permit changes and hunters voluntarily reducing doe harvest, deer numbers in these areas should stabilize and in some areas increase over the next few years. ..

... steps proposed by staff wildlife biologist to limit the spread of the disease.  A regulation was passed to remove the antler-point restrictions on bucks ... Young bucks are most apt to travel and potentially transmit the disease. By increasing the harvest of those deer, it would be one more preventative step...

Heal division between Legislature, Conservation May 20, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune
... Conflict between the two bodies boiled over last year when Conservation proposed strict rules to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, which can decimate the population of wild deer.  Lawmakers responded with a proposal to reclassify captive deer as “livestock” and transfer oversight of captive deer from Conservation to Agriculture...

Satellites used to track, study Missouri deer April 15, 2015 The Springfield News-Leade
... Researchers are currently tracking 90 deer wearing collars using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology... learning more about white-tailed deer survival, reproduction and movement as a five-year study progresses ...GPS transmitters have a battery life of three or four years. Biologists can release the collar at any time from a deer via computer...

Cape Girardeau hunter ponders where to display white deer mount April 14, 2015 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... "It was my first albino animal," ... Kinnaman explained that after the flood of feedback following his kill -- positive and negative -- he thought it would be more prudent not to reveal where the buck was being preserved...

... Researchers are currently tracking 90 deer wearing collars using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology...  will provide deer herd trends statewide for both agriculture and forest areas...

Deer hunters share mixed reactions over possible changes March 28, 2015 Missouri, KOMU-TV
... Boone, Callaway and other mid-Missouri counties have seen their deer population drop up to 35 percent during the last 10 years due to hemorrhagic disease outbreaks, drought and high doe harvests, according to the a 2013-2014 Missouri Deer Season Summary and Population Status Report. ...  in general there might be some places where the population isn't as large, so reducing two days of deer season to have the deer population recover." ...

... Munzlinger claims the Department of Conservation has thinned out the herd in some areas and it has caused land prices to go down.  Munzlinger said CWD is growing in certain areas... The 14 member task force would consist of lawmakers, landowners, and wildlife group members...

Missouri hunters passionate about proposed regulations March 17, 2015 Columbia Missourian
... A regulation that would allow the use of crossbows during archery deer ... Hunters against the proposed regulation agreed that crossbows were too accurate and had an advantage over traditional bows ...  proposed regulation to reduce the limit of the antlered deer harvest during archery season from two bucks to one...

Chronic Wasting Disease Continues to Spread in Missouri March 15, 2015 Columbia Daily Tribune
... The always fatal disease was first discovered in a captive deer facility near Macon in 2010. Including 11 captive deer that have tested positive for CWD, 35 cases have now been discovered in Missouri...  the CWD-positive Cole County buck will become the catalyst of discussion and argument. How did the disease show up near Centertown?...

11 new cases of CWD discovered March 14, 2015 Missouri, Daily Journal 
... These 11 new cases bring the total number of Missouri free-ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 14 for this past season and 24 overall since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010 at a private hunting preserve in Linn County. CWD has also been found in 11 captive deer in Macon and Linn counties...

Chronic wasting case hints at new normal for wildlife March 12, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune
... A hunter killed the infected buck near Centertown, about a mile from the Moniteau County line — and more than 40 miles south from the state’s chronic wasting disease containment zone, where the other 34 known cases have been found... It’s unclear how the disease has spread across the state ...

State conservation officials have confirmed a new outbreak of a deadly deer disease in Cole County. KRCG 13's Mark Slavit reports Missouri Conservation Department tests show a deer shot in November, 2014 near Centertown had a case of Chronic Wasting Disease. - March 11, 2015



State mulls changes to deer season March 11, 2015 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changes to the firearms and archery seasons, as well as other areas, in an attempt to increase the deer population.  Disease and drought have taken a toll on herds in certain areas of the state, mostly in the north and west portions....

CWD found in Cole County deer March 11, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune
... A buck killed in Cole County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... marking the first time the fatal deer sickness has surfaced outside the state’s northern containment zone.  The deer, harvested in Centertown, was one of 14 free-range specimens to test positive for the disease last season ...

Missouri Reports 11 New Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease March 11, 2015 Missouri, Kansas City infoZine
... These 11 new cases bring the total number of Missouri free-ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 14 for this past season and 24 overall since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010 at a private hunting preserve in Linn County. ..

Department of Conservation to hold open house on proposed deer regulation changes March 3, 2015 Missouri, Kirksville Daily Express and Daily News
... MDC will be hosting an open house on proposed deer regulations at its Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore Street, on March 12 from 5-8 p.m...

Deer hunting has gotten away from its traditional roots March 1, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune
... What was once about gathering nourishment for your body and soul has been manipulated into a quest for chest thumping based only on the size of the rack atop a deer’s head...  In many states, including Missouri, a captive deer industry exists to cater to those who just want to shoot a “trophy buck.” These properties are surrounded by a high-fence, so the deer have absolutely no chance of escape ...

Proposal to Cut Missouri Conservation Permit Fees Changed February 26, 2015 OzarksFirst.com
... Munzlinger’s bill no longer eliminates permit fees for Missouri residents, but it does provide a discount for non-resident landowners... No one testified in support of the bill, but there were many wildlife organizations who were opposed to the new legislation...

... Recommendations include:  ·      Maintaining the current timing of the November deer season but reducing the length from 11 to nine days ... To learn more about the proposed regulations, MDC’s deer management plan, past public comments, and to provide comment, visit the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/node/28079

Lawmakers' efforts a threat to agency February 23, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune
... It took a constitutional amendment in 1976 to take funding out of the hands of politicians by creating the conservation sales tax... Missouri is the role model in our nation when it comes to conservation and natural history...

MDC holding meeting in Cape on proposed deer regulation changes February 21, 2015 Missouri, Daily Journal 
... To learn more about the proposed regulations, additional public meetings being held, MDC's deer management plan, past public comments, and to provide comment, visit the Department's website at mdc.mo.gov/node/28079 ... eliminating the urban zones portion of the firearms season is being considered because firearms hunting in urban zones is significantly limited by city ordinances and safety concerns...

Conservation department proposes changes to deer hunting February 19, 2015 Missouri, Northwest Missourian
... he proposal to the deer season would begin in 2016-2017 season includes shortening the firearm season to nine days, expanding the late youth season to three days, reducing the length of antlerless portion to three days and eliminating the urban zones portion...

Missouri considers shortened deer season February 19, 2015 Area Wide News
... The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering a two-day reduction in the state's fall deer hunting season in an attempt to increase herd size...

Attacks on Conservation Department miss their mark February 19, 2015 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... Mr. Munzlinger is a Republican from the far northeast corner of Missouri. Last year he was the key sponsor of a measure that would have taken jurisdiction of “captive deer”away from the Conservation Commission and turned it over to the Department of Agriculture... filed a series of bills this year that seem intended mostly to punish the Conservation Commission and its award-winning department for doing its job...

... A March 3 meeting is scheduled in Springfield, and one in West Plains will take place on March 5. MDC also welcomes public comments online.

Legislative bill looks to eliminate hunting permit fees February 17, 2015 Missouri, Heartland Connection
... A bill sponsored by State Senator Brian Munzlinger would eliminate hunting, trapping and fishing permit fees for Missouri residents... could cause the Missouri Department of Conservation to fall into a funding crisis...

Missouri considers shortened deer hunting season February 10, 2015 Coonnect Mid Missour
... considering a two-day reduction in the state's fall deer hunting season in an attempt to increase herd size...

Major deer study includes Nodaway County February 10, 2015 Missouri, Maryville Daily Forum
...  there just aren’t as many does and bucks roaming the hills and river bottoms as there used to be... A similar survey is being conducted in the Ozark counties of Wright, Texas, Douglas and Howe.  The two areas vary widely in terms of habitat and geography, and Flinn said those differences will allow scientists to compare and contrast their findings ...

A good dog makes shed hunting easier February 8, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune 
... The basic premise is: Bucks drop their antlers in late winter, and you hike around trying to find them... For years, Lee wanted a shed dog but felt he couldn’t have one because of his and Tiffany’s crazy travel schedule... Tank is now 5 years old, and this season he has matured into an incredible antler dog...

Proposed bills are misguided February 8, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune
... SB 56, SJR 1 and SB 178, which would eliminate hunting ... fees, modify the composition and terms of the Conservation Commission and modify provisions of captive deer; ... HB 315, HB 316 and HB 317, which would require MDC to test all road kills for chronic wasting disease, require MDC commissars to register as lobbyists and require the MDC to reimburse automobile owners for damages inflicted by collisions with deer...

... At the core of that argument: Is the state’s top conservation agency accountable for the way it is spending money? The four-member Conservation Commission currently oversees the agency, endorsing or nixing staff recommendations.  But some say that isn’t enough...

Department of Conservation proposes tighter deer season regulations February 6, 2015 Missouri, Kansas City Star
... The Department of Conservation is proposing reductions in season length and limits in the wake of declining deer populations... Among the proposals:  Reducing the length of the antlerless firearms season from 12 days to three...

... A meeting will be held March 10 at the MDC Cape Girardeau Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau from 5 to 8 p.m.  MDC also welcomes public comments online. To learn more about the proposed regulations, MDC's deer management plan, past public comments, and to provide comment, visit the Department's website ... 

MO Deer Hunting Changes Proposed; Public Input Wanted February 4, 2015 Missouri, KSMU Radio
... Changes include:  Maintaining the current timing of the November portion but reducing the length from 11 to nine days... Expanding the late youth firearms weekend from two days to three days ... MDC will hold public meetings ...

... Two new cases of CWD have raised the total to 15 wild deer that have been found with the disease in the last four years... The disease was first found in Missouri in 2010 at a private hunting operation in Linn County. Since then, 10 other captive deer have been found with the disease...

Captive deer bill up for debate January 31, 2015 Missouri, Heartland Connection ·
... The Missouri Department of Conservation ... recently changed regulations on high-fence hunting preserves in hopes of reducing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. Just last year, 284 deer in a preserve in Davis County, Iowa were found to be infected with CWD...  the bill would allow the deer meat to be sold, without it being subject to sales tax...

    Missouri State Senator Brian Munzlinger has recently refiled a bill that would define farmed deer as livestock instead of wildlife...

... Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly have introduced four bills — three in the House and one in the Senate — which, together, could drain the department of 80 percent of its funding... It draws about 60 percent of its funding from a permanent sales tax of one-eighth cent and another 20 percent from permit sales ...

Two New Cases of CWD Found in Missouri January 27, 2015 Kansas City infoZine 
... New cases bring statewide total of deer testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease to 26... CWD (chronic wasting disease) was first discovered in Missouri in 2010 at a private hunting preserve in Linn County. All cases of CWD in Missouri have been limited to Macon, Linn, and Adair counties ...

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Resource Science Deer Biologist Jason Sumners discusses regulation changes under consideration for the 2016-17 deer hunting season. - January 26, 2015


Missouri data: Deer herd estimated by MDC at about 1.4 million in 2014 before hunting. MDC approved hunting restrictions -- a shorter season, lower limits, bucks-only hunt in the north -- in 2015 and 2014 to increase the population which has been reduced particularly in the north and west as a result of disease and drought.  The 2015 population is stable to decreasing in the state.  A severe outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease reduced the deer population in 2013, 2012, and 2007, 1998, 1988, and 1980 (drought years).  The population has fallen by almost 20 percent in the last decade. Populations in the southeast are stable to slightly increasing where deer escaped the worst of the EHD outbreak and the summer was mild.  Southern populations are still below goals.   2014-2015 Population Report
    The 2013 opening day and total harvest was the lowest in 20 years.  The poor acorn crop had the deer moving around looking for food during the hunting season, so the deer harvest was high, but the combination of disease and hunting significantly reduced the population. The 2012 mast survey showed the lowest production of red and white oak acorns in the 53 year history of the survey.  Deer numbers had been stable in some of the state, but have decreased in parts of northern, central and western Missouri. A decade of declining deer numbers in the northwest and north central. Factors include increased bag limits and regulation changes that encourage hunters to take more does, several years of drought and habitat loss. The 2013/2014 harvest was the lowest since 1993, down throughout the state.  The Missouri Conservation Commission had supported policies to reduce the deer population for 20 years until in 2013 the herd declined beyond population goals in some areas, resulting in a reduction in the number of antlerless deer permits.  Average density about 2 deer per square mile in 2013.  About 500,000 hunters. [Grahic from MDC]
    As a result of unregulated hunting, the deer population was reduced to about 400 in 1925 when the State Legislature closed the entire state for hunting and imported deer from Michigan to restock the population.  By 1936 there were about 2,000 deer when the citizens of Missouri passed a constitutional amendment removing management from the legislature and appointing a four person conservation board.  In 1951, the first anterless harvest was designed to slow the growth of the herd.  The herd grew rapidly during the 1980's and 90's,  In 2000, the number of does taken exceeded the number of bucks, putting downward pressure on the population.  The number of deer hunters increased from 400,000 in 2000 to 500,000 in 2012.  Estimated 1989 population:   750,000.
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in 2010 at a captive deer operation near the Macon County line in northeast Linn County.  A captive deer tested positive in 2011 in Macon County. A buck reported positive in Adair county in 2014, Through 2014 11 wild and 11 captive deer with CWD, 10 of 11 wild deer within 10 miles of captive deer facilities. More than 200 licensed breeders and 44 hunting preserves.  Deer hunting is estimated to add $1 billion to the state economy.
     Although elk were once abundant, the last wild elk was shot in the Bootheel region during the 1890's.  In May, 2011, conservation officials brought 35 elk from Kentucky. 

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Deer Population and Number of Harvested Does
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Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Resource Science Deer Biologist Jason Sumners provides an update on the current status of Missouri's deer population, development of the white-tailed deer management plan and provides a summary of the future direction of the deer management program. - February 4, 2014