Missouri Deer News

For state agency, it's all hands on deck for mandatory deer testing August 29, 2016 Missouri, Columbia Missourian
... Hunters in Boone and 28 other counties in the state's chronic wasting disease management zone will be required to have their kills sampled on opening weekend of the fall firearms season ... disease hasn't been found in Boone County, but was found in adjacent Cole County in 2015 ...
     State to sample Boone, Callaway county deer kills for disease August 29, 2016 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune
... About 1,000 conservation department employees will staff the sampling sites over the weekend and $420,000 has been budgeted for sampling supplies and testing ... At the sites, conservation staff will cut out the lymph nodes for lab testing ... lymph nodes collect an abundance of the abnormally folded prion protein that causes chronic wasting disease ...

MDC reminds hunters of deer and turkey regulation changes for fall August 17, 2016 Missouri, houstonherald.com
... Crossbows have been added as a legal method during archery deer and turkey seasons ... reduced the length of the deer-hunting antlerless portion from 12 to three days ... eliminated the urban-zones portion of the firearms deer season ...

Conservation Dept. studying whitetail on private property August 12, 2016 Missouri, News-Press Now
... Biologists for the Missouri Department of Conservation have begun collecting data on whitetail deer survival and movement as part of a five-year study on private property... 90 percent of the land in Missouri is privately owned ... the department is now monitoring 177 deer statewide...

... The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program — established in 2015 — offers payments through the MDC to private landowners for public access to hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. Other states are doing this, too. Kansas has more than 150,000 acres of private land open to hunting under its Walk-in Hunting Area program...

Captive deer proponent charged in forgery case August 6, 2016 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune
... A Columbia resident and opponent of tougher restrictions on moving deer around the state to combat chronic wasting disease was charged last month in Linn County with conspiracy for allegedly using documents forged by another man to notify state authorities about a deer he purchased in 2014...

... The horns [antlers] discarded by white-tailed bucks, elk, moose and caribou are the trophies in a small but growing pastime... The business of training dogs to find horns has increased with the popularity of the sport, which peaks in late winter and early spring ...


Mobile Data Collection and Analysis in Conservation  M Wergeles, C Shang, Z Peng, H Wang, J Sartwell… - 2016 IEEE International …, 2016
... This paper presents some recent development of mobile computing and data analysis systems for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), including a mobile data collection system, an improved bear tracking website, and new analytics results obtained from real Missouri bear and deer GPS trajectories ... Using real world data, interesting movement patterns of a large number of bears and white-tailed deer have been obtained ...

... Chief Sheil says when he climbed into the pool his plan was to get a rope around the deer and see if he could get her out of the water...

A deer was freed from a pool in Kansas City after it was stuck for more multiple hours. - June 15, 2016 Missouri


MDC reminds public to not feed deer in CWD counties May 25, 2016 Missouri, houstonherald.com
...  a regulation banning the feeding of deer becomes effective at the end of the month in 29 Missouri counties... Exceptions to the regulation include feeding wildlife within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building, feed placed in a manner that excludes access by deer ...

... given that 88 cases have been found so far this year in deer and elk in four northern Arkansas counties... signs of the disease could be emaciation, lack of coordination or even paralysis ... drinking a lot of water, foaming at the mouth or excess salivation ...

Ladue approves bow hunting for deer May 17, 2016 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... A January count of deer in the city showed in the range of about 43 per square mile ... “We don’t have a goal of deer per square mile — we just need to maintain healthy herd numbers,” ...

... To date, more than 51,000 deer have been tested for chronic wasting in Missouri. A total of 27 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the state ... 
     Conservation officials warn public not to feed deer May 16, 2016 Missouri, ABC17News.com
    ... The ban ...  prohibits using grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products to attract deer ...  to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...

... Missouri's Republican-led Legislature have proposed pro-industry measures ranging from incentives for small businesses to a tax break for farmers who raise captive deer to sell the animals' urine ...

... A healthy bull elk was shot in the head and killed on the banks of the Current River in Shannon County, its antlers gruesomely chainsawed off ... Even if the elk poacher is arrested, that person would face only a misdemeanor penalty that game officials say rarely leads to a full $1,000 fine or actual jail time....

Chronic disease testing becomes mandatory April 30, 2016 Missouri, News-Press Now
...hunters will be required to present their deer for CWD testing at locations in Livingston and Carroll counties during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season ... testing is free and hunters also can request the test results ... 

Ladue nears final vote to allow bow hunting for deer April 26, 2016 Missouri, STLtoday.com
...  City Council is set to cast a final vote next month on allowing bow hunting for deer on properties of three or more acres...  No arrows could be shot across a street, sidewalk or playground, within 30 yards of a building ...

MDC finds new CWD cases during past‐season testing April 22, 2016 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation
... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final results from its 2015‐2016 fall and winter testing of nearly 7,700 free‐ranging deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Seven were confirmed to be positive for the fatal deer‐disease. Three were from Adair County, two from Macon County, one from Linn County, and one from Franklin County (reported earlier in the year).  The new cases bring the total number of Missouri free‐ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 33 since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010...

Deer farming in Missouri is jumping March 17, 2016 Vox Magazine
... In Missouri alone, there are more than 250 farms raising deer for venison, hunting preserves or personal enjoyment, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation... questions of ethics and authenticity are common in deer hunting, especially on hunting preserves where deer are bred and bought solely for sportful kills...

Rolla City Council considers more deer hunting inside city limits March 9, 2016 Missouri, The Rolla Daily News
...  for some of the councilmen had questions and misgivings about expanding hunting within the city limits... Mayor Lou Magdits IV said that bow hunting will certainly lead to many instances in which a deer is mortally injured but able to flee the property on which it is hunted. ...

... Missouri’s Department of Conservation has tested around 4,300 deer this year... the state’s first confirmed case of CWD was in the deer population in 2012. Since then a total of 31 cases have been confirmed.  "At this time, the disease appears to be relatively rare ...

Dogs trained to hunt, retrieve antlers February 19, 2016 Missouri, News-Press Now
... As hunters go afield this month to locate antlers that deer have shed, a long-time animal trainer is teaching Labrador retrievers how to aid in the search.  Antler Dogs located in Smithville, Missouri, specializes in breeding and training dogs that can hunt or retrieve deer antlers ...

MDC reports final 2015-16 deer, turkey harvest totals February 18, 2016 Missouri, Ozark County Times 
... a preliminary total harvest of 279,401 deer – 21,060 more than the previous seasons’ 258,341 total.  Top counties for the overall seasons were Texas with 5,812 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,463 and Howell with 5,440... 

Ladue moves toward allowing bow hunting to cull deer herd February 17, 2016 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... he and a biologist with contractor White Buffalo Inc. [who will be paid to do the killing] had conducted deer counts ... “In the count south of Clayton Road, we are estimating 43 deer per square mile,” Pohlmann said. “North of Clayton Road, we didn’t see any deer, so the estimate is less than 10 per square mile.” ...

Black presents new anti-poaching measures to committee February 16, 2016 Missouri, The Missouri Times
...  Each animal earns a different price tag, with turkey garnering just $750, deer at $1,500, and bear and elk at $3,000. That restitution would go to the State School Moneys Fund...

... more than a dozen deer are behind the Boeing fence ...  the Missouri Department of Conservation to monitor the deer.  Boeing has released deer from the property in the past but there is currently no need to do so...

Coyote hunt for Walker FD a success January 20, 2016 Missouri, Nevada Herald
... [Missouri Department of Conservation biologist Chris Daniel]  said that the coyote population tends to manage itself. When the population is low, coyotes will give birth to more pups, and when the population is high, they will have fewer... organized hunts such as this are not a threat to the coyote population...

... Thanks to better hunting conditions across much of the state, hunters killed 21,060 more deer than 2014-2015 ... The 279,401 deer killed is still well below the state's record number of 321,928 killed during the 2006 hunting seasons...

Hunters check almost 280,000 deer January 19, 2016 Missouri, Hannibal Courier-Post
... the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 279,401 deer. Top counties for the overall seasons were Texas with 5,812 ...
    Deer Harvest Numbers in Missouri Up From Last Season January 19, 2016 Missouri, KSMU Radio
... MDC is reporting a preliminary harvest of 279,401 deer—that’s 21,060 more than last year...

State wildlife vet is part of elk poaching investigation January 18, 2016 Missouri, Columbia Missourian
...On Dec. 29 the body of a large bull elk was discovered by a hiker in southeastern Missouri. The antlers and skull plate had been removed with a chainsaw, Joe Jerek, a spokesman for the Conservation Department, said. It was the first elk poached from the herd used to reintroduce elk to Missouri from 2011 through 2013...

State says hands off to displaced deer January 9, 2016 Missouri, News-Press Now
... Missouri hunting regulations prohibit harvesting deer while they are "trapped or surrounded by floodwaters or while fleeing from floodwaters or fire." ...

Conservation Department to Hold Meeting in Washington January 6, 2016 Missouri, The Missourian
... After detecting CWD in Franklin County, the MDC set a goal of collecting approximately 300 samples from a 78-mile area ...

Albino Deer grazing in Jefferson Barracks Park Lemay Mo. - January 5, 2016


Reward tops $4000 mark for elk poaching; State rep to file tougher poaching bill Tuesday January 4, 2016 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader
... The Conservation Federation of Missouri matched a $1,000 reward offered by Operation Game Thief and then began receiving more donations from businesses and individuals concerned about the elk poaching incident...

Time for deer to lose their headgear January 3, 2016 Missouri, CDEACF
... Prior to antler loss, a deer’s body begins to draw calcium back into the body. This leaves the antlers more brittle, and somewhat more porous. A specialized layer of cells forms near the base, which adds to the antlers’ brittle composition. Finally, the antlers fall to the ground, usually one at a time...

Hunters Harvest 11,061 Missouri Deer During Alternative-methods Portion December 31, 2015 Missouri, Kansas City infoZine
...  2,994 were antlered bucks, 1,594 button bucks, and 6,473 does...

November firearms harvest ends with 189,938 December 30, 2015 Missouri, The Daily Star-Journal
... Of the 189,938 deer harvested, 92,020 were antlered bucks, 21,256 were button bucks, and 76,662 were does... Last year, hunters checked 166,383 deer ... with 78,556 being antlered bucks, 19,300 being button bucks, and 68,527 being does...

Harvest for antlerless deer hunting ends with 9,733 December 30, 2015 Missouri, Buffalo Reflex
... Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 9,733 deer during the antlerless portion of fall firearms deer season ...

Representative wants to make poaching in Missouri costlier December 25, 2015 Missouri, Missourinet
... We already have among the lowest permit fees in the nation, and so with our also increasingly low fine collection, it’s more productive to come here and poach a deer... 

Missouri deer hunters will see changes in 2016 December 24, 2015 The Kansas City Star
... a regular firearms season that was reduced from 11 to nine days.  But after analyzing public input gathered from a comment period in October, that decision was reversed ...

MDC proposes new regulations for CWD management zones December 23, 2015 Missouri, The Smith Herald
... The proposed regulations would require mandatory sampling and testing for CWD of harvested deer taken in MDC’s CWD management zones during the opening weekend of the November portion of the 2016 fall firearms deer season, Nov. 12 and 13...

Conservation Considerations, Chronic Wasting Disease December 22, 2015 Missouri, Memphis Democrat
... As of June 2015, CWD has been detected in 26 free-ranging deer in Macon (19), Adair (6), and Cole (1) counties, and 11 captive deer in Linn (1) and Macon (10) counties...

New rules for CWD management zones proposed December 17, 2015 Missouri, The Fulton Sun
... would prohibit the feeding of deer and use of deer attractants such as grain, salt, and mineral products in MDC’s CWD management zones. Feeding deer unnaturally concentrates deer in a small area, which can help spread the disease...

Des Peres approves contract for deer survey December 15, 2015 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
... The survey will determine the number of deer per square mile in the city, including the conservation areas ... 

... Missouri Department of Conservation Deer Biologist Jason Sumners said on the department’s website that the deer population is decreasing... Boone, Callaway, and other Mid-Missouri counties have seen their deer population drop as much as 35 percent during the last ten years... due to hemorrhagic disease outbreaks, drought, and high doe harvests ...

Missouri Sets Turkey and Deer Hunting Dates and Regulation Changes December 15, 2015 Missouri, Kansas City InfoZine
... Reduce the length of the deer-hunting antlerless portion from 12 to three (3) days and begin it on the first Friday in December.  Eliminate the urban-zones portion of the firearms deer season.  Allow crossbows as a legal method during archery deer and turkey seasons...

Des Peres approves contract for deer survey December 15, 2015 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... The contract with White Buffalo and for an application to MDC for a potential deer management program got unanimous approval from the board...

State considers mandatory testing of deer for chronic wasting disease December 15, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Missourian 
... Recommendations for mandatory testing for the disease were approved Friday by the Missouri Conservation Commission for counties in chronic wasting management zones... it was first detected in captive deer in Linn County in 2010...

Latest Missouri CWD case could lead to another 'management zone' December 9, 2015 Missouri, St. Joseph Post
... Franklin County is the fourth county in Missouri from which a deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... We will ramp up our testing in Franklin County and neighboring counties... All Missourians are encouraged to report sick deer...

...  9,747 deer checked ...  a 6 percent increase from last year ... 9,120 deer...

Disease Deadly To Deer Found In Fifth Missouri County December 4, 2015 Ozarks First
... The latest deer to test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease was shot by a hunter in Franklin County, just west of St. Louis. Since 2012 ... As of June, CWD had been found in 26 free-ranging deer and 11 captive deer...

Fall firearm deer season ends in Pike December 1, 2015 Missouri, Bowling Green Times
... The increase in the number of deer killed in Pike County is mirroed across the state. Last year, 166,383 deer were killed during the November portion of the firearms season. This year, 189,938 were killed...

November firearms season ends with increase in deer harvest November 29, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune 
... After two years of lower deer harvest numbers during the November portion of fall firearms season, deer hunters in Missouri harvested 189,938 deer — an increase of more than 20,000 deer from years past...

Harvest numbers point to deer upswing November 27, 2015 Missouri, News-Press Now
... the department is considering shortening the number of days of the November firearm season and the antlerless season with the goal of continuing to stabilize the population.  “There aren’t as many does around and more hunters recognize that they have some control over their deer population and are making the choice to intentionally not shot as many of those deer ...

Missouri deer harvest up 14.1 percent so far from last year November 27, 2015 Joplin Globe
...  Missouri hunters are killing more deer after restrictions were lifted in some areas to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease...  remove antler-point restrictions ...

NEMO hunters harvest almost 16,000 deer November 26, 2015 Missouri, Hannibal Courier-Post
... Hunters in 10 Northeast Missouri counties harvested close to 16,000 as of the close of the November firearm season... “Good weather and plenty of deer activity likely are the reasons why there was an increase in deer harvest during the November portion of the firearms deer season this year,” ...

Texas County tops state with 4,544 deer harvested November 25, 2015 Missouri, houstonherald.com 
... A total of 189,938 deer were harvested statewide –– topping last year’s total of 166,383... 92,020 were antlered bucks, 21,256 were button bucks, and 76,662 were does...

Town and Country to again use sharpshooting to control deer population November 25, 2015 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... The White Buffalo firm based in Connecticut will get a $65,000 contract to kill up to 175 deer [$371 per deer] ... On Monday, only former Alderman Al Gerber protested, saying the current program has failed to reduce the frequency of deer-vehicle accidents...

Billings man harvests 22-point deer: That's a doe! November 25, 2015 Missouri, KY3 
... "There's a couple different situations where this may occur; one, the doe may simply have a high level of male hormone such as testosterone," says Derek Farwell with the Missouri Department of Conservation who verified Russell's 22-point doe, "The other situation is maybe a hermaphrodite where it has the reproductive organs of both the male and female deer."...

No new cases of deer disease reported November 21, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune 
... MDC considers 15 counties around Cole, Adair, Linn and Macon to be at high risk for the spread of the disease... a buck harvested in Cole County last year tested positive for the disease ... Hunters can get their deer tested 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the department headquarters on West Truman Boulevard, as well as during regular business hours through the week until Jan. 15 ... 

CWD in Central Missouri November 21, 2015 Fulton Sun
... Callaway has this year been added to the list of 19 Missouri counties that are in Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zones.  When the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) declared six counties in northeast Missouri a CWD management zone ...

Missouri hunter bags unique albino deer November 21, 2015 News-Press Now
...  this white deer come out of the bushes and I realized it was an albino buck... the deer had pink eyes with brown coloration at the top of its head ...  first time I had ever seen one ...

Ozarks deer hunting shows a resurgence November 19, 2015 Missouri, The Kansas City Star
...  Following a decade in which deer populations in northern Missouri have dropped dramatically, whitetail numbers in the deep Ozarks have slightly increased or remained stable...

... It is estimated that almost a half million people will participate in this year’s deer hunt... “We usually tend to see half or a little over half of the deer harvested in the first weekend of hunting,” ...

Missouri's elk herd: Small but stable November 17, 2015 Columbia Missourian
... Starting in 2011, the department began capturing and bringing over elk from Kentucky ... ...about 120 to 130 elk now roaming across a 350-square-mile "elk zone" that includes parts of Reynolds, Shannon and Carter counties...

... a 6 percent increase from last year ...  The main increase was in the number of antlered bucks taken; hunters killed 5,445 more antlered bucks this year than last...

Firearms deer season opening weekend harvest 97,000+ November 16, 2015 Missouri, The Missouri Times
...deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 14 and 15... 53,359 were antlered bucks, 10,320 were button bucks, and 33,492 were does...

 ..."The whole idea is not to be sneaky and say I gotcha. The whole idea is to kind of keep those people thinking, okay, I could get checked, so I have to make sure I'm within the law." ...

Missouri hunters harvest more than 80,000 deer November 15, 2015 KSPR abc33 
...  more than 80,000 this weekend... The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that count includes more than 46,000 antlered bucks ...

State offers free testing of deer for chronic wasting disease November 13, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Missourian
... the state is offering hunters free testing for chronic wasting disease... A complete list of testing sites ... on the department's website...

Deer hunting prospects good for weekend's season opener November 13, 2015 Missouri, Daily Journal 
... In southern Missouri, acorns dominate deer’s diet in the fall and winter. When acorns are plentiful, deer can find all the food they need without moving around much. This tends to spread deer across the forested landscape, making them difficult to find...

...Missouri hunters harvested 254,753 deer in 2014, the second lowest total since 2000...

Deer wounded by arrow spotted at Lake Springfield November 5, 2015 Missouri, The Springfield News-Leader 
... "Honestly, I felt really bad for this deer, but I didn't know what to do about it," Cunningham said. "I'll tell you what, though. This was a horrible shot.  You aim for the heart and lungs for a kill shot. This one was shot from behind." ...

... Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 18,091...

... Approved changes include shortening November and antlerless portions and expanding late youth portion. Potential changes include allowing crossbows during archery seasons and reducing antlered deer limit...

Conservation Department repeals antler restrictions in Boone County November 1, 2015 Missouri, Columbia Missourian 
... Since 2004, firearms hunters have been limited to antlered bucks with at least four points on one side of their rack ... The Conservation Department eliminated the antler restriction to allow for the hunting of younger bucks, which is one method to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease into Boone County ...

Whitetail rut about to break loose November 1, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune 
... Bucks are running ridges and field edges in search of receptive does  ... The rut is a magical window of time for deer hunters. Even if you don’t tag a buck, chances are you will still witness something incredible. Be it a buck fight, breeding behavior or just a glimpse of a true giant that spends the majority of the year moving at night ...

Photographer captures images of deer swimming the Mississippi River November 1, 2015 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... Local nature photographer Jennifer Davis filmed a rarely seen occurrence early Saturday morning in Cape Girardeau -- about a dozen deer swimming across the Mississippi River. [See the video on her Facebook page]

... Boys and girls must be at least six years of age and no older than 15 ... Antler point restrictions do not apply for youth ...

The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages you to discover nature. Hunting is a great way to discover nature. But safety is the number one priority during deer season. Contrary to what most people think, most deer hunting accidents are not gunshot wounds, but injuries from tree stands. - October 27, 2015 Missouri


A shot of hope in 2015: Outlook for the hunting season October 24, 2015 Missouri, Kansas City Star
... Missouri deer hunting took a tumble in 2012 and 2013 when the effects of an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, combined with years of liberal hunting regulations in northern Missouri, led to a sharp decline in the deer population...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Missouri October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... Antler Point Restrictions were first introduced in Missouri in 2004 and were expanded in 2008. At that time 69 of Missouri’s 114 counties were partly or completely APR counties. However, recent findings of whitetails testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease has forced the MDC to remove 19 of those counties from the APR program...

Ladue council supports money for deer census October 20, 2015 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... City Council on Monday recommended that up to $8,000 be included in Ladue’s 2016 proposed budget to determine the city's population of deer... A woman ... has seen the number of the animals coming to her yard to eat plantings increase in recent years, and called the issue “a huge problem.” ...
Deer-related vehicle accidents increase by "astronomical number" October 17, 2015 Missouri, KOMU ... warning drivers to be extremely cautious of deer on the road throughout the last three months of the year... the three major reasons for the increased numbers this time of year are hunting, crop harvesting and the presence of mating season...

Get the most from public land deer hunting October 9, 2015 Missouri, Sedalia Democrat 
... we already own undivided shares in approximately 2,230,000 acres — that’s just a tad shy of 3,485 square miles — of public land, almost all of which is open to deer hunting...

NW Missouri hunters can legally harvest deer with tracking collars October 6, 2015 KMAland
... "The deer were given collars that send out GPS signals to satellites. Then as soon as the collar was put on they were released unharmed back into the wild...  all data collected will help monitor herds...  A big part of the study is survival rates and survival includes harvest mortality ...

Detailed information on how you can improve deer habitat on your property.. - September 30, 2015, Missouri



Missouri Expert Insights on Fall Deer Hunting September 28, 2015 Kansas City infoZine 
... deer populations in the northern, western, and central parts of the state remain below desired levels. However, they note that populations in these areas should be slowly rebounding because of recent cuts in firearms antlerless permit ... In southern Missouri, deer populations range from stable to slowly increasing. In southeastern counties, deer populations have increased....

Chronic Wasting Disease in Central and Northeast Missouri September 28, 2015 Kansas City infoZine 
...  MDC implemented two new deer-hunting regulation changes in eight central and five northeast counties starting this fall to reduce or stabilize deer numbers... The changes are an effort to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the areas ... eliminate the antler-point restriction (APR) and increase the availability of antlerless permits ...

"Zombie Deer" No Laughing Matter September 25, 2015 Missouri, West End World
... Reports of dreaded "zombie deer" are now being filed with authorities in Sunset Hills and Kirkwood... Deer infected with EHD [Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease]  lose their appetites, show excessive salivation, swell at the head and neck, and lose their fear of people... The disease is similar to bluetongue disease, but does not involve the same virus. Both show similar symptoms...

Let the MDC know your concerns about the proposed deer regulations September 25, 2015 Missouri, Sedalia Democrat
... shorten the November portion of the firearms season from 11 to nine days. According to the biologist I interviewed, this would reduce “hunter/days” by “seven percent” and the deer harvest “between four and six percent.” ...

MDC holding CWD informational meetings in California and Jeff City September 21, 2015 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation
... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting two informational meetings in central Missouri to provide an update on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) October 20 and 22 ... Central Missouri became a focus of the Department's CWD management efforts after a buck harvested in Cole County last year tested positive for the deadly disease...

... Since 2010, Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in four of 114 Missouri counties...  for Springfield County blue tongue has taken a toll on its deer population...

... the Missouri Department of Conservation proposed allowing the use of crossbows as a legal method... now, only hunters with a medical exemption are allowed to use them...

Research Project Tracking Deer with GPS September 16, 2015 Missouri, stjoechannel.com
...  About 80 deer are equipped with GPS tracking collars in Andrew, Nodaway, Gentry, and DeKalb counties.  "We're looking at the deer's habitat, how far the deer moves... After you shoot the deer, you need to report using the number either on the collar or on the ear tag," ...

Watch for deer September 16, 2015 Missouri, Daily Journal
... The odds drivers will hit a deer in Missouri in the coming year are 1 in 120, above the national odds of 1 in 169... EHD, a viral disease that struck the state hard in 2012. After a hemorrhagic (disease), it takes about three years for the population to stabilize,” ...

Ellisville, Unusual Deer Population Management in a Missouri City September 15, 2015 Protect the Harvest
... two police officers and one city employee plan to curb the number of deer themselves using bait and rifles as opposed to another proposed option that would’ve allowed resident urban bowhunting... 50-60 deer per square mile and they would like to decrease that total to 30 per square mile...
 ... 
Court temporarily blocks new MDC Captive Cervid regulations September 8, 2015 Missouri, Hannibal.net
... a preliminary injunction, keeping the Missouri Department of Conservation from enforcing the new captive cervid regulations that went into effect Jan. 30.  The lawsuit was filed last November by several plaintiffs who raise captive deer, allow shooting of captive deer in high-fence enclosures or broker sales of captive deer ...

Missouri data: Deer herd estimated by MDC at about 1.4 million in 2014 before hunting. About 1.5 million in 2015 based on the increase in the deer harvest.  Part of that increase is due to increased hunting in some areas designed to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease - elimination of antler point restrictions in 19 north and central counties.  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.  Similar restrictions expected for 2016.  The herd continues to recover from a severe outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) that reduced the deer population in 2013, 2012 (severe), also in earlier years 2007, 1998, 1988, and 1980 (drought years).  Populations in Boone, Calaway and other middle counties have dropped by up to 35 percent from EHD. Populations in the southeast have increased increasing where deer escaped the worst of the EHD outbreak and the summer was mild.  Southern populations are stable to slightly increasing.  Populations in northern, western, and central are below target levels.   2014-2015 Population Report  Fewer deer in the river bottoms of the OzarksThe total population has fallen by almost 20 percent in the last decade.  About 3,485 square miles of public land, almost all open to deer hunting.
     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 deer 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.  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. 
     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.  The MDC is trying to reduce deer populations in the CWD areas by changing the 2015 hunting regulations to increase antlerless permits and eliminate antler point restrictions. 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
The graphic below summarizing the population history of deer in Missouri is from the UM Extension series of publications on the Ecology and Management of White-tailed Deer in Missosuri


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Potential Diseases and Parasites of White-tailed Deer in Missouri
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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