Missouri Deer News
... 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


Keep deer under Department of Conservation's management January 24, 2015 Missouri, STLtoday.com
... Missouri’s deer herd is being threatened by irresponsible breeders across the state. A recent outbreak in Macon County was centered around one such shooting preserve. Late last year, just across the border in Iowa, 284 deer in a preserve were found to be infected with chronic wasting disease ...

... Senator Brian Munzlinger is proposing Senate Bill 16 without the deer provision that Governor Nixon said caused him to veto it...

...  the deer has been seen in several of their neighbor’s yards, and has had lots of interaction with folks in the area. According to McKown the deer has posed for a selfie, gives “kisses” and lets kids and adults pet her and has even played kick ball with one of our neighbor boys...

Missouri Hunters Check 260K Deer January 17, 2015 Missouri, ON YOUR SIDE
... The Missouri Department of Conservation reported that the total deer harvest for the current season was 260,552, which is 7,978 more than the 252,574 deer checked during the previous year... For more information, go online to mdc.mo.gov.

... Hunters hauled in approximately 260,552 deer, nearly 8,000 more deer than the previous season. Archers accounted for approximately 51,755 deer ...

Town and Country, Critics oppose sharpshooters to kill local deer January 13, 2015 Missouri, KSDK
... City leaders of Town and Country agreed to spend about $46,500 on sharpshooters to kill 100 deer this year... Former aldermen Barbara Hughes and Al Gerber believe it would be more cost effective to sterilize the deer. [non-lethal deer control] ...

Oh Deer! A Candlelight Vigil Against Sharp-Shooting January 9, 2015 Missouri, CBS St. Louis
... friends of deer in Town and Country took to the streets for a candlelight vigil last night.  Holding candles in the wind, they mourned the 600 deer they say have been killed by the city’s sharp-shooting program... 

Town & Country Neighbors to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Dead Deer January 8, 2015 Missouri, Riverfront Times Blogs
...  neighbors and animal lovers alike are banding together to commemorate the fallen: the 100 deer that sharpshooters will cull this year to keep the population under control... "If that first year they had done sterilizations, they wouldn't have quite the problem they've got right now," says Al Gerber, who also used to be a town alderman ...

Missouri Town Hosting Vigil for Dead Deer January 7, 2015 Missouri, Newser
... Vigil organizers say in a press release that the town is forking over "$46,000 to kill 100 deer on as little as two-acre parcels"  ... The goal was to squash the number of car-deer collisions, but organizers say that hasn't happened ... Per the town's deer management reporting, 30 verified car-deer collisions occurred in 2014, compared with 38 in 2013 ...

... Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown recently refiled a bill to define farmed deer as livestock instead of as wildlife...

... The first cases of CWD was detected in 2010 and 2011 in captive deer at a private game hunting preserve near the Lynn and Macon county line, with the first positive case in free ranging herd in 2011.  The newest positive case has been found in Adair County and is the 11th deer in the free ranging herd...

The Hunter's Harvest January 2, 2015 Missouri, The Marshall Democrat-News
... In the pre-settlement history of Missouri, whitetail deer were abundant across the state, with a particular prevalence in the northern areas ...  in 1925 Missouri's population of whitetail was estimated to be as low as 400 statewide. As a result of such staggeringly low numbers, the Missouri legislature forbade the deer harvest until the population had a chance to replenish....

11K Missouri Deer Killed With Alternative Methods January 1, 2015 On Your Side
... Hunters have killed more than 11,000 Missouri deer this season with crossbows, spear-throwers and other alternative weapons...

Missouri Conservation has a busy 2014 – year in review December 31, 2014 Missouri, The Ozarks Sentinel
... The Conservation Commission approved regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold captive deer. The regulations focused on preventing the spread of diseases, including chronic wasting disease. MDC received more than 40,000 public comments on the topic with most supportive of the regulation changes. The spread of chronic wasting disease could negatively impact Missouri deer ...

Top Missouri conservation news from 2014 December 29, 2014 Missouri, Lake News Online 
... The second-largest archery deer harvest in Missouri history (50,507) pushed the final tally for the 2013-2014 hunting season to 252,574... The Conservation Commission voted to reduce the number of firearms antlerless deer permits ... The Conservation Commission approved regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold captive deer...

Conservation is efficient December 24, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... The MDC budget receipts are broken down as follows: sales tax receipts 60 percent, permits sales 8 percent, federal reimbursements 13.5 percent, sales and rentals 5 percent, other sources 2 percent, interest 0.7 percent...

Legislative bills could reduce Missouri Department of Conservation budget December 23, 2014 Kansas City Star
... A bill pre-filed in the Missouri House calls on voters to decide whether to eliminate the conservation sales tax, which provides the Department of Conservation with almost $100 million annually. Another bill pre-filed in the Missouri Senate takes a different tack, calling for the elimination of the sale of fishing, hunting and other permits to Missouri residents ...

... Recently, one case of Chronic Wasting Disease was found in an adult buck harvested by a hunter in eastern Adair County...

7 State Parks Will Host Managed Deer Hunts This Weekend December 12, 2014 Missouri, OzarksFirst.com
... By law, state parks are established as wildlife refuges and hunting is not permitted except under special circumstances. These special hunts are being used as a resource management tool ...

NW Missouri deer harvest down; State harvest increases December 11, 2014 Missouri, KMAland
... During the firearms antlerless deer portion, hunter's harvested 9,107 deer, which brought the states' total harvest to 194,997. Atchison County Conservation Agent, Eric Abbott, says while the state total harvest is up from 2013, harvest numbers in northwest Missouri are down...

Deadly deer disease reported in northern Missouri December 9, 2014 Missouri, Lexington Herald Leader
...  an adult buck killed by a hunter in Adair County tested positive for chronic wasting disease... This is the 11th case among wild deer, and all 10 others were found within 2 miles of a private deer facility...

This year's deer harvest ahead of 2013 December 9, 2014 Missouri, Rolla Daily News
... Hunters checked 9,107 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season, bringing this year’s tally to 194,997...

... Hunters in Missouri killed 9,107 whitetail deer during the antlerless portion of the Missouri's firearms deer season. That's 1,474 fewer than last year, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation...

The albino deer and questions on conservation funding December 9, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... After killing Cape Girardeau's albino buck ... Jason Sumner from the Missouri Conservation Department described the killing as, "Cool and unique … something he (Jerry) should be proud of …" ... the Missouri Department of Conservation's primary agenda is, and has always been, to promote hunting... Many don't realize that we pay sales tax to support the department's hunting efforts...

...  an adult buck killed by a hunter in Adair County tested positive for chronic wasting disease... first case of the disease in Missouri since early 2013 ...

Missouri deer tally so far: 185,890 white tails December 4, 2014 The Springfield News-Leader
... This year's harvest is 6-percent larger than last year's figure and 10 percent below the previous 5-year average for the November portion of firearms deer season... Many landowners manage their land for deer and deer hunting, and rely on that to maintain property values...

... A hunter in southeast Missouri who killed a rare albino deer said Friday that he's received online threats but that he doesn't regret his actions...
Hunter faces backlash after bagging rare albino deer December 3, 2014 Missouri, Washington Post 
... Kinnaman wrote on Facebook. “Let the bashing begin!”  And it did. Kinnaman said in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday that it has gotten so bad, he has received death threats over the deer...
     White buck hunter says death threats aren't serious December 3, 2014 Missrouri, Southeast Missourian
... "I expected some [negative feedback]," he said Wednesday. "But not of this magnitude, no. I didn't realize how important that animal was to some people." ...
      Albino deer killed in southeast Missouri December 3, 2014 Missouri, KCTV5 News 
... A Cape Girardeau man has killed a 10-point albino buck that he says had eluded hunters for the past seven years...

Deer harvest numbers fall in Nodaway November 28, 2014, Maryville Daily Forum
... Nodaway County’s firearms total was 1,285 deer, a figure that includes 746 antlered bucks, 90 button bucks and 449 does. The local harvest failed to surpass last year’s firearms count of 1,423...

November deer harvest up this year November 28, 2014 Missouri, Daily Journal 
... Activities related to deer hunting and watching annually contribute $1 billion in economic activity to state and local economies, and support more than 12,000 Missouri jobs. Many Missouri meat processors, taxidermists, hotels, restaurants, sporting goods stores, and other businesses rely on deer hunting as a significant source of revenue...

...  Hunters in Missouri killed a total of 167,205 whitetail deer during the regular firearms deer season that ended Tuesday ...  Nearly 520,000 people hunted deer during the regular firearms season...

Deer decoy allows federal agents to make real arrest November 20, 2014 Missouri, KCBD 
... A 44-year-old convicted felon is heading to prison after conservation agents caught him firing at a deer decoy...

... one person died from a heater explosion in a hunting blind in Ste. Genevieve County. The other hunter fell from a tree stand in Crawford County...

The first weekend of deer hunting season was a success November 17, 2014 Missouri, Heartland Connection 
... hunters checked 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Deer Season this past weekend. That's up 30,000 from last year ... 

MDC says deer on the move with cold weather November 15, 2014 Missouri, Lake Expo
... deer are less active in warm weather because they do not need to eat as much to maintain their body temperature. When there is a sudden drop in temperature, deer will start to move around more in search of food... 



Purple Paint Means No Trespassing November 14, 2014 Missouri, Wayne County Journal Banner
... for hunters looking to stay on good terms with the area’s land owners — keep your eyes peeled for purple paint.  The paint, used on trees or fencing to mark the boundaries of a person’s property during deer hunting season, is like a “no trespassing” sign in a court of law...

Deer hunters have high hopes for snow November 14, 2014 Missouri, KSPR abc33
... Hunters we spoke with say they’re actually hoping for snow. And according to the forecast, it’ll likely hit the Ozarks late Saturday.  “For me it makes the deer stand out better, and they move a lot during the snow,” ... easier to see, easier to shoot, and easier to track down once they’re hit...

Deer hunters slow to trade risks of lead ammunition for safer alternative November 13, 2014 Missouri, Columbia Missourian
... Prompted by studies showing widespread and often unseen traces of lead in venison, several Minnesota hunting and conservation organizations are trying to fund more clinics and other education resources about lead and copper bullets.  There is no similar effort in Missouri ...

Deer will be seen in unusual places November 13, 2014 Missouri, ABC 17 News
... the animals that will be on the move when rifle season starts Saturday. Brian Flowers with Conservation said, "You are going to see more deer crossing the roads, they're going to see more deer in open places." ...

New Missouri limits on firearm antlerless deer permits November 11, 2014 Connect Tri States 
... deer hunting permits have been reduced from any number to only one in most counties of the state... The 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...

Springfield, New restrictions for Springfield deer hunters November 11, 2014 MIssouri, Coonnect Mid Missouri 
... The city council voted Monday night on a proposal that would allow hunters to hunt on private property at least two acres in size with consent ...
     Springfield council authorizes deer hunting ... November 10, 2014 Missouri, The Springfield News-Leader 
... City Council voted 5-2 Monday evening to authorize bowhunting of deer within city limits under certain conditions. Three amendments proposed by Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky — who expressed concerns about whether the bill had adequate restrictions to ensure the public's safety — failed to gain the number of votes necessary...

Missouri Department of Conservation limits firearm antlerless deer permits - November 10, 2014



Threat to deer Persists, Chronic Wasting Disease November 8, 2014 Missouri, News-Press Now
... Chronic Wasting Disease was first detected in the state in 2010 in captive deer herds in north central Missouri...  a containment zone comprised of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan counties in north central Missouri. Anyone who harvests a deer within the zone should bring samples to a cooperating taxidermist or meat processor to be tested for the disease...

Springfield, Rushefsky, Hosmer express concerns over deer hunting proposal November 8, 2014 The Springfield News-Leader
... Springfield City Council can vote Monday on a bill that would allow bowhunting of deer ... Councilman Craig Hosmer said he wants to ensure there is "some built-in safety for a margin of error" in the bill ...

Missouri Agency To Deer Hunters: Limit 1 Doe November 7, 2014 Ozarks First. 
... hunters this season will be able to take only one antlerless deer in most counties of the state except in urban areas ... largely because of a decline in deer numbers in recent years...  two antlerless deer in Chariton, Randolph, Linn, Macon, Sullivan and Adair counties, “will allow hunters to maintain stable population ...

Deer poaching possibly related to weak economy November 4, 2014 Missouri,  KOMU 
... "When it comes to poaching the years that we do see upticks in activity seems to occur whenever the economy seems to struggle a bit more," ... poaching increases when acorn crops are down... a good acorn crop means deer are more likely to stay in wooded areas out of view ...

Missouri deer season forecast November 2, 2014 Buffalo Reflex
... Deer populations in central, northern and western Missouri have decreased steadily over the past decade, partially as a result of regulations that allowed hunters to shoot more does... several years of conservative harvest regulations in southern Missouri have allowed deer populations to slowly increase. However, deer population levels are still largely below desired levels in much of southern Missouri...

Whitetail Deer Forecast October 31, 2014 Missouri, Millington Star
...  the total number of deer harvested in the 11-day firearms portion was 157,272, down from the 5-year average of 186,677.  EHD, or Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, receives most of the blame. While EHD, or HD (which generally encompasses both EHD and Blue Tongue, as they are very much alike) did have an impact in 2012, it has an impact in every year there is a drought, namely 1980, 1988, 1998, 2007, and now 2012...

MDC to host workshops on deer research project October 28, 2014 Missouri,  Missouri Department of Conservation
... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is beginning a five-year research project to evaluate white-tailed deer reproduction, reproduction and movement patterns... MDC has scheduled two workshops in the south-central part of the state for landowners and hunters interested in participating in or learning more about this project. The first workshop will be 6 p.m., Nov. 10 at Willow Springs Middle School Auditorium. The auditorium is located at 215 W. 4th Street in Willow Springs. The second workshop will be 6 p.m., Dec. 4 at the Mountain Grove YMCA. This facility is located at 1 YMCA Drive in Mountain Grove. No registration is required for these workshops.  The deer study will begin in January and is being done in partnership with the University of Missouri at Columbia...

... Actions by the Commission include:  •Banning the importation of live white-tailed deer, mule deer and their hybrids from other states ... Set requirements for disease testing ... 

Springfield, Council to discuss urban deer hunting ... October 26, 2014 Missouri, news-leader.com
... The deer hunting proposal was prompted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, which has said that Springfield is overpopulated by deer and recommended that the city combat it with bowhunting... they could not be shot within 450 feet of any church or school property line or outdoor playground ...

Missouri officials, hunters seeing fewer deer October 22, 2014 Rolla Daily News
... Missouri wildlife officials are considering more restrictions in whitetail deer hunting to reverse a continuing decline in the deer population, caused mostly by an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease and liberal hunting regulations...

Deer season outlook: Good in Ozarks October 21, 2014 Missouri, Baxter Bulletin 
... Unlike other areas of the state where deer numbers are declining, deer populations in the Ozarks and southeast regions are stable or slightly increasing ... "Deer in those areas were not hit as hard with hemorrhagic disease in 2012 as in other parts of the state ... And the mild summer we've had will allow deer to go into fall in healthy condition." ...

Chronic wasting October 21, 2014 Missouri, Pittsburg Morning Sun
...  a disease spread by organisms called prions ... To a doctor, mad-deer disease or mad-cow disease is known as ‘Creutzfeldt-Jakob’ disease ... and it is an absolute fact that humans can get it if they eat meat from an animal with the disease, whether it is a cow or a deer, or an elk... 

... A moratorium is now in effect for hunting deer in Ellisville... The call for the practice to stop came after a child found an arrow on his property. The Mayor backed the moratorium, saying allowing residents to hunt the deer really wasn’t curbing the over-population problem...

Missouri Deer Season Forecast October 20, 2014 Rolla Daily News 
... Deer populations in central, northern, and western Missouri have decreased steadily over the past decade partially as a result of regulations that allowed hunters to shoot more does.  “It’s important to remember that deer numbers were significantly above target levels in the early 2000s ... several years of conservative harvest regulations in southern Missouri have allowed deer populations to slowly increase ...

Missouri Deer Season Forecast October 20, 2014 Rolla Daily News 
... Deer populations in central, northern, and western Missouri have decreased steadily over the past decade partially as a result of regulations that allowed hunters to shoot more does.  “It’s important to remember that deer numbers were significantly above target levels in the early 2000s ... several years of conservative harvest regulations in southern Missouri have allowed deer populations to slowly increase ...

Missouri officials, hunters seeing fewer deer October 19, 2014 St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... the state limited hunters in some counties to only one deer ... "Typically, it takes several years for a deer herd to recover," ... A combination of three years of drought, land coming out of CRP (the federal Conservation Reserve Program that compensates landowners for idling marginal crop land), and some outbreak of hemorrhagic disease ...

Missouri's 2014-15 deer season forecast October 18, 2014 Lake Expo 
...  this year’s mild summer will send deer into autumn in good physical condition. Hot, dry summers, like those of 2012 and 2013, cause physical stress on deer ... Deer populations in central, northern, and western Missouri have decreased steadily over the past decade partially as a result of regulations that allowed hunters to shoot more does...  More information on the status of Missouri’s deer population and regional trends in deer populations is available in the 2013-2014 Missouri Deer Season Summary and Population Status Report  

Courier-Journal 
... The Missouri Conservation Commission's vote comes in the wake of a four-part Indianapolis Star investigation this spring titled "Buck Fever." The series uncovered evidence that suggests the interstate trade in captive deer has contributed to the spread of various diseases across the country... a wild herd estimated at 1.4 million deer and more than 500,000 annual hunters... more than 200 licensed breeders and 44 hunting preserves...

Landowners asked to help with deer research October 18, 2014 Missouri, News-Press Now
... The four counties of Andrew, DeKalb, Gentry and Nodaway in Northwest Missouri will be the focus of the study along with the Ozark counties of Douglas, Howell, Texas and Wright...  capturing 120 deer at both study areas and placing GPS tracking collars ... For additional information or to allow deer trapping on your property, contact project leader Jon McRoberts by email at mcrobertsj@missouri.edu or phone at (573) 881-1978

Hunters Check 594 Deer in Missouri Urban Hunt October 18, 2014 Kansas City infoZine 
... This year’s harvest was below average for the urban portion, which became part of the firearms deer season in 2003. Over the past 11 years, the urban portion harvest averaged 961 deer. However, the harvest has been between 500 and 700 deer in four of the past six years...

A sick deer—harbinger of things to come? October 15, 2014 Missouri, Leader Journal 
... A neighbor a few miles away had a sick buck deer, acting tame, come up to his place ... People who know about the mad-deer disease which is spreading in north central Missouri are going to be wondering if any diseased deer they see have that… chronic wasting disease as it is being called.  I think it is a few years away in the Ozarks, but it is coming...

Missouri agency scaling back captive deer proposal October 15, 2014 The Springfield News-Leader
...  department staff members are dropping a recommendation to require double fencing around farms that hold captive deer for breeding or hunting purposes...
     Vote to Come This Week on Missouri Captive Deer Regs October 14, 2014 Ozarks First.
... The Missouri Conservation Commission could approve the final regulations for captive deer herds later this week.  The legislature tried to take that rule-making authority away from the Conservation Department earlier this year. But the Governor vetoed the bill ...

MDC reminds deer hunters to properly dispose of carcasses October 15, 2014 Missouri, The Smith Herald 
...  properly dispose of carcasses from harvested deer to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in deer, such as the always-fatal chronic wasting disease (CWD)... Chronic wasting disease was first found in Missouri in Macon and Linn counties several years ago...

The hunt is on in Missouri and Kansas; here’s what to expect October 10, 2014 Missouri, Kansas City Star
.... Missouri deer hunters were caught off guard last fall when they experienced their worst season in a decade... We’re trying to reduce antlerless harvest so that we’ll have more does to rebuild the size of the herd.  “It won’t change overnight. It will take a few years....
     The new normal for Missouri hunters: fewer deer October 10, 2014 Kansas City Star
... A deadly outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, combined with liberal hunting regulations that allowed hunters to take an unlimited number of does in many counties, devastated the whitetail population in some parts of the state... reducing the limit for antlerless deer during the firearms season from unlimited to one in many counties...

... deer farmers and supporters wanted to transfer management of captive deer in Missouri to the Department of Agriculture and classify the animals as livestock ... one does not have to look far to see the problems other states are experiencing with CWD. [chronic wasting disease] ...

The glade as a Missouri Ozarks treasure October 6, 2014 Southeast Missourian 
... Deer use glades for cover in the high grass and for hiding their fawns. Bears, deer and turkey all flock to a glade first thing in spring, because it is the first habitat to warm up and produce succulent grass and flowers ... glades are in trouble. Historically, they were kept as open grassy habitats through the action of fire. Natural lightning fires occurred during severe drought years ...

Missouri data: Deer herd estimated by MDC at about 1.4 million in 2014 before hunting. MDC is proposing hunting restrictions in 2015 to increase the population which has been reduced particlularly in the north and west as a result of disease and drought.  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.  MDC reduced antlerless permit in 2014 to help increase the deer population and continues to look at restrictions into 2015.  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 23 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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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