Missouri Deer News

Debate Over Deer Definition July 22, 2014 Missouri, OzarksFirst.com
... Earlier this month, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed two bills that would designate deer as livestock... On Monday, more than 30 conservation groups announced their support of Nixon's vetoes...

... Wildwood not permitting any form of hunting on properties of less than 3 acres ... Allowing  neighboring property owners to combine their smaller properties to meet the 3-acre minimum has been discussed ... Councilmember Sue Cullinane (Ward 3) said ... a bow hunter shot an arrow through a doe’s neck, and it walked around Indian Tree subdivision for days, traumatizing the kids who saw it.” ...

Public input sought for urban deer management July 19, 2014 Missouri, Lake Expo 
...  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to an informational meeting on urban deer management at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Runge Conservation Nature Center... For questions ... call MDC Wildlife Regional Supervisor John George at 573-815-7901, ext. 3390 or John.George@mdc.mo.gov.

Bridgeton OKs bow hunting to control deer population July 17, 2014 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... The City Council approved the measure in 5-3 vote Wednesday night. Residents have complained of deer accidents and property destruction ...

What do Missourians Think about Protecting Deer? July 16, 2014 Missouri, Kansas City infoZine 
... The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved proposed regulation changes to the Missouri Wildlife Code regarding the operations of hunting preserves ... Share your comments on limiting the spread of CWD among captive and free-ranging deer... Survey Here

Chronic Wasting Disease July 13, 2014 Missouri, Conservation Federation of Missouri
... Missouri’s first cases of CWD were detected in 2010 and 2011 in captive deer at private big-game hunting preserves in Linn and Macon counties. A total of 11 cases of CWD have been confirmed in captive deer at these facilities. CWD has since been found in 10 free-ranging deer within two miles of the captive facility in Macon County... Deer hunting is an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to state ...

The truth about deer management July 11, 2014 Missouri, LakeExpo.com
... For years and years, deer-raising farms increased in Missouri for the purpose of raising and selling big antlered bucks. They brought in deer from various states where chronic wasting disease was known to be prevalent. Those pen-raised deer had been fed meat and bone by-products to create those big antlers in a way that helped advance the spread of the chronic wasting disease ...

Captive deer to stay under control of Conservation July 9, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian 
... With Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of two bills, captive deer will remain under the control of the Missouri Department of Conservation... Farris Adams spends a little time with Texas Tebow, a 3-year-old buck whitetail deer, on Tuesday at the Rattlesnake Ridge Whitetails farm near Cape Girardeau. "I love that animal as much as I love my dog," Adams said ...

Let's just keep calling deer what they are: wildlife July 9, 2014 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... The Legislature, doing the bidding of a few greedy business owners ... passed two bills, Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326, turning over management of the deer, elk and other animals on captive ranches to the Department of Agriculture... Let Mr. Nixon’s vetoes of the captive cervid bills stand...

Gov. Nixon vetoes two bills defining captive deer as livestock July 8, 2014 Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon News Release
     Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed two bills that would have redefined the term “livestock” to include captive deer in order to eliminate the role of the Missouri Department of Conservation in regulating white-tailed deer. The Governor said those provisions of Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326 would go against longstanding successful conservation practices and also would clearly violate the Missouri Constitution, which gives exclusive authority over game and wildlife resources to the Missouri Conservation Commission.
     “For more than 75 years, our Department of Conservation has been held up as a model for wildlife management agencies across the country because of its incredible success,” Gov. Nixon said. “Redefining deer as livestock to remove the regulatory role of Department defies both its clear record of achievement as well as common sense. White-tailed deer are wildlife and also game animals – no matter if they’re roaming free, or enclosed in a fenced area.”
     In his veto message, the Governor cites the exclusive authority of the Missouri Conservation Commission provided by the Missouri Constitution under Article IV, Section 40(a). He also said that under the stewardship of the Missouri Department of Conservation, the state’s population of white-tailed deer has grown from fewer than 2,000 in the early 1930s to an estimated 1.3 million today, and that the 500,000 deer hunters contribute $1 billion to Missouri’s economy... [more at link above]

Mo. governor vetoes change to deer oversight July 8, 2014 Missouri, KSDK
... Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shifted responsibility for regulating Missouri deer ranches to the Department of Agriculture instead of the Department of Conservation...

MDC leads efforts to protect deer July 7, 2014 Missouri, CDEACF
... The conservation commission voted to approve proposed amendments to regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities holding white-tailed deer, mule deer, their hybrids and other members of the deer family ... There will be a 30-day public comment period beginning July 16 ... To comment go to www.mdc.mo.gov/deerhealth.

Hunters invited to share thoughts on deer management at meeting July 7, 2014 Missouri, columbiamissourian.com
... In 2012, the Conservation Department estimated that white-tailed deer in Boone County numbered more than 18,000 — a 13 percent decrease from the 10-year average ... the decline in numbers has been caused by a combination of liberal hunting regulations and a recent outbreak of fatal hemorrhagic disease ...

Future changes may be in store for Missouri deer hunters July 5, 2014 Missouri, Kansas City Star
... Last season will be remembered as the year of the big crash. The effects of a severe outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, combined with cumulative effects of those liberal hunting regulations, cut the deer population by as much as 20 percent in some counties... Wildlife managers cut the number of antlerless deer hunters may take ...

Deer hunters will face new choices this fall July 4, 2014 Missouri, Sedalia Democrat
... The most far-reaching change is the reduction of firearms antlerless permits from unlimited to one across most of the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation made this change in response to a sometimes real, sometimes perceived reduction in deer numbers due to an exceptionally severe and widespread outbreak of two closely related hemorrhagic diseases in 2012 and 2013...

... As Kelly explains, CWD infects deer and other members of the deer family, called cervids. CWD is transmitted through abnormal proteins that attack the nervous systems of these species. CWD is spread both directly from deer to deer and indirectly to deer from infected soil and other surfaces. Animals with signs of CWD show changes in natural behavior and can exhibit extreme weight loss ... [see video for full report]


Sunset Hills, Deer Dilemma Continues In Sunset Hills July 3, 2014 Missouri, South County Times 
... "We do not in any way have the intention of eliminating deer from the landscape..." Erin Shank, MDC urban wildlife biologist ... According to Shank, the deer-vehicle collisions are the conservation department's main concern... After five surveys conducted after the hunting season, the deer density stands at 69 deer per square mile... According to Shank, 40 per square mile is an ecologically realistic goal...

Nixon should veto HB 1326 June 28, 2014 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader
... Thanks to hard lobbying by special interests, captive hunt operators and deer breeders snuck language into two bills that would classify whitetailed deer and other cervids as livestock... Both the MDC and the Department of Agriculture have opposed this change...

Deer disease a hot topic at agency's open house June 25, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian 
... Some attendees believe captive deer should not be allowed in the first place, he said, while others thought enough prevention is already being done to combat the disease's spread. Known cases of chronic wasting disease have not crept past a small area in northern Macon and Linn counties in Missouri ...

Our Voice: Veto deer-farm legislation June 25, 2014 Missouri, The Springfield News-Leader, News-Leader Editorial Board
... Of the seven states — including neighboring Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa — that regulate farmed deer as livestock under their agriculture departments, five are listed among those where CWD is found... The governor should veto this bill ...

... More than five times as many messages called for Nixon to veto the legislation ... that would classify captive deer as livestock with the Agriculture Department responsible for the industry... Many who urged Nixon to sign the deer legislation identified ties to the industry...

MDC: How adjusting hunting regulations will impact deer herds June 20, 2014 Missouri, Leader Journal 
... current Missouri deer hunting season regulations were made during a time of rapidly growing deer populations ... that is not the case in many parts of the state today... “Effective population management revolves around ensuring appropriate levels of harvest, which is affected by seasons and portions, season timing, methods, buck harvest limits, availability of permits, and several other factors,” ...

The Shame of Missouri Deer Hunters June 19, 2014 Missouri, Outdoor Guide Magazine
... last month, Missouri’s position as a nationally respected leader in wildlife conservation took a big blow, and the future of our wild deer herd was put at risk... Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326, two collections of tweaks to agricultural law, were amended at the last minute with language which reclassifies all confined deer from wildlife to livestock...

... the General Assembly wants to reclassify captive deer as livestock, not wildlife, and enable owners to evade sensible health regulations... Missouri should not be promoting an industry that selectively breeds deer with freakishly large antlers, then drugs the animals and transports them to a preserve, where they are offered up to shooters willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege of bagging a trophy kill...

... “Deer health is a great concern,” said David Thorn,  Policy Supervisor.  “Missourians didn’t see many deer at the turn of the century and into the 30′s.  Now, what family wouldn’t want to go outside and see deer or wildlife around their home?”


Oh, deer; will we hunt ‘livestock’? June 18, 2014 Missouri, News Tribune 
...  reclassify captive deer as livestock overseen by the state Agriculture department...  approved by Missouri lawmakers and awaits action by Gov. Jay Nixon.... The captive deer industry, which lobbied for the legislation, complains their livelihood is threatened by new Conservation regulations — notably a double-fencing rule designed to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease ...

...  These proposed amendments work to reduce the risk of this fatal disease (CWD) from spreading beyond the limited area where it has been found, while minimizing the economic impact on the captive-cervid industry and the communities and businesses that benefit from deer hunting and deer-related activities....

About 60 attend deer management open house June 17, 2014 Missouri, Rolla Daily News
... A series of 14 public forums to gather feedback on Missouri’s white-tailed deer management plan kicked off Monday afternoon at Rolla Junior High School.... While deer regulations changes have already been approved for 2014, this draft plan will look at the 10-year-span starting in 2015 ... 

MDC managed deer hunt applications open July 1 June 16, 2014 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation
... The Conservation Department holds the annual electronic drawing to determine who gets to participate in managed deer hunts at conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges, urban parks, and other public areas... Types of hunts include archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, historic methods, and modern firearms, plus youth hunts and hunts for people with disabilities...

Springfield, Urban Deer Hunting Possible in Springfield City Limits June 16, 2014 Missouri, Ozarks First.
....  the Missouri Department of Conservation will hold several open houses to discuss the idea of urban deer hunting. All events begin at 3 pm – 8 pm. June 16 – Rolla Junior High, Rolla, MO.  June 17- Missouri State University Christopher Bond Learning Center, Springfield, MO.  June 19 - Warsaw Community Building Gym, Warsaw, MO.  June 26 - West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall, West Plains, MO ...

Battle brewing over effort to curtail deer disease June 15, 2014 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune 
... Two bills before Nixon would define captive cervids — a scientific name for deer, elk and moose species — as livestock... Before 2000, CWD existed in a limited area of Wyoming and Colorado. Since then, it has been found in 20 states and two Canadian provinces, with many outbreaks among wild cervids occurring near infected captive herds...  218 breeders and 39 hunting preserves in Missouri with 9,000 captive cervids ...

Deer meetings set for June 17 June 12, 2014 Missouri, Neosho Daily News 
... the severity and frequency over the last several years of hemorrhagic disease outbreaks have significantly impacted the population in some parts of the state.
Sumners said feedback received from hunters and others interested in the state’s deer herd will help with the decision-making process... Meeting information and schedules

MDC taking action on CWD June 11, 2014 Missouri, NixaXPress
... The Conservation Commission recently voted to approve proposed amendments to regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities ...  they will be published in the Missouri Register. There will be a 30-day public comment period beginning July 16 ... To comment [or to read the details] go to www.mdc.mo.gov/deerhealth...

Don't transfer management of captive deer June 10, 2014 Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune
... Two bills passed in the recent session of the Missouri General Assembly seriously threaten the health of Missouri's deer population. House Bill 1326 and Senate Bill 506 both contain language that forces the Department of Conservation to transfer management of captive deer to the Department of Agriculture... The captive cervid industry selectively breeds bucks for abnormally large antler racks and allows people to enter fenced enclosures to shoot the trophy buck of their choice...

2014 General Deer Regulations June 10, 2014 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation
... White-tailed deer and mule deer... A deer with at least one antler a minimum of 3 inches long, except that special restrictions apply in 63 counties... Electronic calls and electronically activated calls may not be used or possessed while hunting deer and turkeys... Dogs may not be used to take deer and turkeys... Artificial lights may not be used to spot, locate, or take deer and turkeys....

Amendments seek to curb deer disease June 10, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... The public comment period on the captive deer regulation issue falls two days after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon must take action on another piece of legislation that passed through the General Assembly last month, pertaining to deer jurisdiction.  That bill would shift management of captive deer from the Department of Conservation to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, classifying captive cervids as livestock. Elk in Missouri have been classified as livestock since 1995...

... Actions recommended by the Commission include: Banning the importation of live white-tailed deer, mule deer, and their hybrids from other states, improving fencing requirements for captive-cervid facilities, requiring all deer 6 months or older that die in a Conservation Department-licensed facility to be tested for CWD...

... The 2013-14 deer harvest of 251,924 was nearly a 19% decrease from 2012-13. This reduction in statewide harvest is a result of long-term decreasing deer populations in central, northern, and western counties and average harvest in southern counties due to an average acorn production year. Rapid deer population growth in central, northern, and western Missouri occurred during the 1980’s, 1990's, and early 2000’s required liberalization of harvest regulations to reduce deer populations to socially acceptable levels. These regulation liberalizations coupled with hemorrhagic disease outbreaks in 2007, 2012, and 2013 have resulted in decreasing deer numbers over the past five years. These population declines are indicated through population and hunter survey data. In southern Missouri , however, the 2013-14 deer harvest was a fairly typical reflection of average acorn production and slowly increasing deer populations. This is in spite of the 2012’s record low acorn production and hemorrhagic disease outbreak that increased harvest rates and natural mortality, respectively ...

MDC Holding Deer Management Open House June 26 In West Plains June 5, 2014 Missouri, Douglas County Herald
...  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to a deer management open-house from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall at 110 St. Louis Street. This meeting is one of numerous open houses being held by the department across the state to discuss deer management with citizens...

Airport hunt brings down just eight deer May 31, 2014 Missouri, Hannibal.net
... the Missouri Department of Conservation had placed a limit of 40 deer ... three April hunts were conducted by members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) team... “The ultimate goal is to get a wildlife fence up and let the airport and deer peacefully cohabitate...

Regulation Changes Under Consideration May 30, 2014 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation
... The current Missouri deer season structure and hunting regulations were built during an era of rapidly growing deer populations, coupled with a concern that hunters would not be able, or willing, to harvest enough does to stabilize or decrease deer numbers in much of rural Missouri. In order to meet the deer management challenges of today we must devise a new approach to deer management and reconsider the structure of seasons and regulations. Effective population management revolves around ensuring appropriate levels of harvest, which is affected by seasons and portions, season timing, methods, buck harvest limits, availability of permits, and several other factors. The goal is to adjust regulations in a manner that produces the desired population change ...

Springfield, Urban hunting proposed to thin Springfield's deer population May 29, 2014 Missouri, The Springfield News-Leader 
... Fewer crashes occurred in 2013 than in 2012.  The city has attempted to control the deer population in some areas. A managed deer hunt occurs each season near Lake Springfield and Fellows Lake.  Since 2009, hunters have bagged 60 deer between the two areas...

A tree that produces berries May 24, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... The red mulberry is a good choice for your back yard or wildlife food plot. Its low-hanging limbs will attract whitetail deer in spring when new bud growth begins... common in Southeast Missouri...

Sunset Hills, Bow Hunts Could Continue In Fall May 22, 2014 Missouri, South County Times
... With a handful of Sunset Hills residents in attendance — all opposed to the city's bow hunt ordinance — the Deer Control Committee last week expressed mild satisfaction with the results of the city's first hunt and voted to recommend another ... Bill Craig, said the "distance sampling" method White Buffalo used to determine the deer population is flawed and should be replaced by the "pellet group" method ...

Deer population face diseases in Missouri May 21, 2014 The Marshall Democrat-News 
... it is highly unlikely CWD was in Missouri before its recent discovery in north-central Missouri... . A total of 11 cases of CWD have been confirmed in captive deer ... the Department is considering closing Missouri to interstate movement of captive deer. This will help minimize potential disease risks from moving infected captive deer. A recent example is Florida and New York closing their borders. ...

Chronic Wasting Disease: What you need to know May 17, 2014 Missouri, Lake News Online 
... . It is a neurological disease that can be passed from one deer to another. CWD is in the TSE — transmissible spongiform encephalopathy — category of diseases. TSE diseases, which are progressive diseases that affect the brain and nervous system — are not caused by a bacteria or virus and therein lies part of the problem why these diseases are so hard to contain or eliminate once they’re established. TSE diseases are caused by prions – which are, basically, deformed proteins...

... Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation that would change how the state manages captive deer...

Deer diseases of concern May 15, 2014 Missouri, Liberty Tribune
... HD is the more common disease and is spread by a virus. HD includes the blue-tongue virus and the epizootic hemorrhagic virus ... CWD is different from HD in that it moves slowly through a population and it is always fatal to infected deer. CWD is spread by animal-to-animal contact, and from infected soils and surfaces that deer come into contact with ...

... the House bill would would designate captive deer as livestock, not wildlife, and would give the Department of Agriculture sole management responsibilities. In the process, the move would bypass some of the Department of Conservation’s stringent proposed regulations...

Share Your Thoughts on MO's Deer at Upcoming Meetings May 13, 2014, KSMU
When the Conservation Department was started in 1936, there were only a few thousand deer in Missouri. The 1980s and 90s saw a rapid growth in the state’s deer population, and regulations were set to try to stabilize that growth ... To find a meeting near you, click here....

... The key to keeping Chronic Wasting Disease at bay in Missouri's white-tailed deer population is prevention ... . The proposed regulation changes include closing Missouri's borders to importing deer; new fencing standards; mandatory enrollment of all captive herds in the CWD monitoring program ...

Let MDC manage Missouri deer May 10, 2014 travtalk.net
... The Missouri Senate has voted (SB964) to give responsibility for captive deer management (including captive elk) to the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The Missouri House has inserted such language into three bills: HB1326, SB506 and SB591. If any of these bills pass, the captive cervid bill will go to the Governor for his signature... some believe the lack of regulation is responsible for Chronic Wasting Disease now in our wild deer herd...

MDC announces deer management public meetings May 9, 2014 Missouri,  NixaXPress 
... The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold open houses at 14 locations around the state to discuss white-tailed deer management with citizens. The meetings will not have formal presentations. Instead, they will use an open-house format ... Missouri’s free-ranging white-tailed deer population supports 12,000 jobs and generates more than $1 billion in economic activity annually ...

... slowly killing off Missouri’s deer population. The first confirmed case of the disease was in 2010 in a captive deer facility in northern Missouri. Since then 11 cases of CWD in deer have been confirmed.,,,

Deer season several months away, CWD vigilance still needed May 9, 2014 Missouri, South County Mail 
... Missouri Department of Conservation biologists want to remind turkey hunters, spring hikers, floaters and whoever else is outdoors at this time of year that if they see sick deer, they should contact their nearest conservation office.  CWD is a disease that infects deer and other members of the family Cervidae...

Stop Legislature from classifying captive deer as livestock May 8, 2014 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... Missouri has been known as the “conservation state” since 1936, the year citizens passed a constitutional amendment that removed control of fish, wildlife and forests from the Legislature and gave it to a four-person, nonpartisan Conservation Commission.  The Legislature had done a terrible job of managing natural resources. Only about 2,000 white-tailed deer and 3,500 wild turkeys remained in the state...

Making an unwise move May 4, 2014 Missouri, Jefferson City News Tribune
... As states across the country increase regulations on captive cervid facilities in efforts to curb the spread of deadly wildlife diseases, specifically Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), your Missouri Senate has voted to transfer the control of captive cervids from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture under the precise premise of relaxing captive cervid control... Missouri public deer hunting licenses generated $15,016,430...

Captive deer reclassification bill passes Senate May 2, 2014 Missouri, News-Press Now 
... A bill to change the classification of captive whitetail deer from wildlife to livestock was passed by the Missouri Senate this week... According to MDC, Missouri has 39 permitted big-game hunting preserves and 221 permitted wildlife breeders with whitetail deer. The department claims less than 70 percent of deer breeders currently participate in the voluntary CWD Herd Certification Program...

... Infectious diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) threaten Missouri deer, 520,000 Missouri deer hunters, millions of wildlife watchers, thousands of landowners, 12,000 Missouri jobs, and hundreds of businesses and communities that 
depend on the $1 billion in economic activity related to deer hunting and watching...

... On April 28, 2014, the regulations committee for the Missouri Department of Conservation approved nearly 25 pages of new, stricter regulations concerning farm-raised whitetail deer, mule deer, and hybrids... of the estimated 1.4 million whitetail deer in Missouri, there have only been 10 reported cases of CWD in the wild and 11 cases within fenced hunting preserves ...  hemorrhagic diseases such as Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Blue Tongue Virus (BTV) have killed more than 200,000 deer in Missouri ...

Oppose bills that would redefine white-tailed deer as livestock April 24, 2014 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... House Bill 2031 and Senate Bill 964. These proposed pieces of legislation are intended to redefine white-tailed deer as livestock in Missouri  ... Scientists agree there is compelling circumstantial evidence that captive deer breeders and high fence shooting operations have brought chronic wasting disease to our wild deer herd...

... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding a white-tail deer management workshop for landowners and property managers from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 17 at Prairie Star Farm in Bland, located at 117 County Road 741. The workshop is free, but space is limited and participants must preregister by May 13.  Experts from MDC will offer presentations on a variety of topics during the workshop. Issues covered will include the biology and habitat requirements of deer ...

... In 2010, captive deer at big-game hunting facilities in two Missouri counties were the first diagnosed with the fatal disease. Since then, wild deer near these facilities have also been diagnosed with the disease. ... special interests in Missouri are heavily pressuring for bills that would undermine the Missouri Department of Conservation’s efforts [to manage the disease] —and possibly facilitate the spread of the disease. ...

... According to MDC Deer Biologist Jason Sumners, the regulation changes are in response to lower overall deer numbers around much of the state as a result of long-term efforts to reduce the deer population through increased doe harvest... an unanticipated, extensive outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) throughout most of the state related to the record-setting drought during summer and fall of 2012...

... public input played a major role in the decision.  “It wasn’t only hunters who contacted us. Wildlife watchers also complained about seeing far fewer deer,” ... The limitless harvest of does was allowed during the years when Missouri’s deer herd was skyrocketing as a way to control populations...

Conservation reduces antlerless deer permits April 18, 2014 Missouri, News-Press Now
... the first antlerless deer harvest in the state was implemented in 1951 to curb a rapidly growing population. In 2000, an increase of antlerless permits meant that more does than antlered bucks were being harvested ...  other factors have also contributed to the decrease in the deer population ... two years of severe drought in 2012 and 2013 caused the worst outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in the state’s history...

MDC to limit antlerless deer tags April 18, 2014 Missouri, WGEM
... The changes are in response to lower deer populations statewide. But it's a decision local business owners and deer hunters say will make a big impact... Before the changes, hunters could get as many antlerless permits as they wanted...

Deer Won’t Be Livestock April 18, 2014 Missouri, Ozarks First. 
... Senator Brad Lager of Savannah had hoped to pass a bill this year considering captive deer as livestock under control of the state Agriculture Department... [audio of the debate from MissouriNet]

Fewer antlerless deer permits to be available in fall April 17, 2014 Oregon, Springfield News-Leader
... Faced with reports of dwindling deer numbers in some parts of the state, the Missouri Conservation Commission voted today to reduce the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits in the fall...

Springtime brings recreation/tourism to State April 10, 2014 Missouri, El Dorado Springs Sun
... Over 520,000 deer hunters spend more than $750 million each year directly related to deer hunting in Missouri, which generates more than $1 billion in overall business activity in Missouri annually and supports more than 11,000 jobs....

... We will meet at the CFM office between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on April 16, and then walk down to the Capitol to meet with legislators until noon. From 12noon until 1 p.m. there will be lunch served at the CFM office.  CFM will provide packets of information pertaining to the dangers of CWD ...

Differing definitions for deer April 6, 2014 Missouri, News Tribune
... Legislation is currently working its way through the Missouri Senate (SB964) and House of Representatives (HB2031) to change the classification of captive cervids (deer) from “wildlife” to “livestock.”  The legislation aims to transfer control of captive cervids from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture....

... The city received a grant and selected Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, affiliated with the USDA, to cut down on the population... "We looked into allowing certain people, bow hunters, it all just seemed too unwieldy to manage,"..

Buck Fever: How fair is the chase? April 1, 2014 Missouri, Lancaster Eagle Gazette 
... He wanted a specific animal, one he had selected before the hunt from a collection of photographs at the Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch...  price: $12,900 ... Oak Creek in east-central Missouri is one of perhaps 2,000 fenced big-game hunting preserves that have sprung up in at least 36 states in recent decades ... community standards for what constitutes fair chase vary from state to state... 

Fear for the future, CWD March 30, 2014 Missouri, News Tribune
... Since CWD was first discovered in Missouri in 2010, the Missouri Department of Conservation has taken action to drastically reduce the number of deer on the landscape in the CWD Containment Zone ... Deer numbers in the area are now only a fraction of what they were a few years ago and that has many residents furious... 


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Missouri data: Deer herd estimated by MDC at 1.3 million in 2014 before hunting, around 1.4 million in 2013 and 2012. A severe outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease reduced the deer population in 2013, 2012, and 2007.  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 23 deer per square mile in 2013.
    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. Chronic Wasting Disease 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.  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
Deer Management Goals The white-tailed deer is one of Missouri's most valuable wildlife resources. Each year hunters spend around three million hunter-days in the field pursuing the whitetail, contributing millions of dollars to the economy in the process. Public viewing of deer attracts thousands of visitors to our state's public lands annually. A recent survey of urban and rural Missouri citizens revealed that of all animals outside a zoo, people most prefer to see the white-tailed deer. It also is a favorite with children. The whitetail was selected as our state mammal by vote of school-age children. 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




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