Missouri Deer Population  About 1.4 million deer in 2021, 2022, and 2023.  Over 1.3 million deer in 2019 and about 1.4 million in 2018, up from an estimated  population of 1.2 million deer in 2015 through 2017.   About 1.4 million in 2014 before hunting.  The population trended higher during 2016 in some areas as a result of harvest restrictions and limited disease impact.   A peak population of about 1.6 million around 2005.  


Missouri Deer News

MDC seeks public comments on future antlerless-elk hunting season April 15, 2024 

Missouri Department of Conservation 

... After several years of successful antlered-elk hunting seasons for Missouri residents, the Missouri Department to Conservation (MDC) is considering adding a limited antlerless-elk hunting season for residents and wants public input...at mdc.mo.gov/antlerlesselkcomments ... a video about the proposal


MDC reports 162 new cases of CWD for 2023 surveillance year April 11, 2024 Missouri, MDC Report

     The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that it sampled and tested more than 37,000 deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2023 CWD surveillance year between July 2023 and April 2024. Of the more than 37,000 deer sampled, 162 tested positive for CWD..,


Conservation department reports final deer harvest at record 326,026 January 23, 2024 Courier-Tribune

... deer numbers increasing in most counties ... this year was the first since 2013 that more does were harvested than antlered bucks.  “Prior to the severe hemorrhagic disease outbreak in 2012 that reduced deer numbers and resulted in regulation changes to reduce antlerless harvest, doe harvest exceeded antlered buck harvest each year for about a decade,.,


MDC reports final deer harvest for season at record 326,026 January 18, 2024 Missouri Department of Conservation 

... According to MDC, increasing deer numbers and regulation changes that added a new early antlerless firearms portion, a new chronic wasting disease (CWD) firearms portion, and an increase in the number of firearms antlerless deer hunting permits in most counties led to additional hunting opportunities and contributed to a record harvest..,


MO Department of Conservation reports record deer harvest for 2023-24 January 17, 2024 Missouri, KBSI Fox 23 

... a preliminary record-setting total deer harvest for the season of 326,026... surpasses the one set in 2006 of 325,457.   147,705 were antlered bucks, 29,060 were button bucks, 149,261 were does ...


Two Men Accused of Decapitating 15 Deer, Leaving Bodies to Rot in Missouri December 29,2023 Missouri, Wide Open Spaces

... charged with multiple poaching offenses, including taking deer in closed season, taking deer with the aid of artificial light, taking deer with aid of a motor vehicle, taking deer from public roadway, wanton waste, trespassing, and the illegal possession and transport of deer...


Missouri family spreads Christmas cheer with their traveling reindeer herd December 23, 2023 NY Post

... the reindeer business has really grown, with 130 farms across the U.S., U.K. and Canada, according to the Post-Dispatch. The average cost for a reindeer is $18,000 to $20,000.  Maintaining cold-climate animals in Missouri is a lot of work and the family must constantly monitor the deer ...


Des Peres, City Partners For Annual Deer Culling December 18, 2023 Missouri, Webster Kirkwood Times

... could reduce the deer population by up to 30 deer, only 12 of which can be antlered. The city’s contract with White Buffalo for deer culling is not to exceed $35,000... The city will not conduct a deer sampling census this year, but will instead conduct the census next December for $9,500...


Missouri Department of Conservation discusses impacts of poaching in the state December 15, 2023, KFVS12

... According to Mizzou’s (University of Missouri) Extension office, the state’s deer population is estimated to be around 1.4 million... Poaching is a misdemeanor and is punishable up to a $5,000 dollar fine or up to a year in jail..,


Rare antlered doe hunted in Missouri November 22, 2023 KSDK

... The Missouri Department of Conservation said it only gets two or three reports of an antlered doe a year out of the hundreds of thousands of deer hunted...


Two charged in mid-Missouri deer poaching case November 17, 2023 YAHOO!News

...  The MDC says several deer had been shot and dumped on the public trails in October. The Cole County Sheriff’s Office was also called to investigate the series of incidents, which recently led to the arrests of two suspects...


Poached Missouri elk launches $20,000 reward November 15, 2023 KSDK

... Help MDC find poacher of bull elk in Shannon County. Call OGT at 800-392-1111 with information on bull elk killed and left near Klepzig Mill in Shannon County this past weekend. A $20,000 reward is available ...


MDC reminds hunters of seven new CWD Management Zone counties in northwest Missouri November 6, 2023 Missouri Department of Conservation - MO.gov

... Deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) last year in or near those counties prompted the change. The northwest counties affected include Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Grundy, Livingston, and Ray...


MDC reminds deer hunters of baiting regulations ahead of opening weekend November 2, 2023 Missouri Department of Conservation - MO.gov

...  The use of bait, including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer while hunting this fall, is illegal.  “The regulations are in place to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and to ensure fair chase,” said Southeast Region Protection Branch Captain Russell Duckworth. “For deer, bait includes grain or feed placed or scattered to attract them.” ...


Deer migration calls for caution on highways October 23, 2023 Missouri, St. Joseph News-Press

... The annual deer migration season coincides perfectly with the start of fall ... Just last year in the state of Missouri, there were 3,697 deer-vehicle crashes,..


The Missouri deer you shot could have a deadly disease October 20, 2023 KSDK

... CWD-infected deer can appear otherwise healthy for around two years before succumbing to the disease...  is why MDC urges hunters who harvest deer in certain Missouri counties to test their kill so infected carcasses can't spread the disease to other counties...


Don't dump deer carcasses around roads or waters of St. Louis, MDC warns October 18, 2023 Missouri,  FOX 2

... Not only is dumping of this nature illegal in Missouri, but agents are also concerned it could lead to the spread of chronic wasting disease. Long after infected carcass remains decompose, prions stay infectious in the environment, possibly exposing other deer to CWD...


Jefferson County Sheriff's Office issues warning about keeping deer as pets October 10, 2023 Missouri, KSDK

... After an incident in rural De Soto, Missouri, where a deer was found labeled "PET" and had a collar around its neck, the sheriff's office took to Facebook to issue a warning...


Changes reported in Missouri deer hunting regulations October 5, 2023  McDonald County Press

... "MDC's deer program aims to manage the deer population at a level that satisfies hunters and wildlife viewers and does not create unsafe driving conditions or overburden farmers." ... Testing for chronic wasting disease is not required for deer harvested during the CWD portion of the season, timed at the close of the breeding season when deer activity is typically high...



Bow hunter harvests rare 18-point doe, officials confirm September 29, 2023 Missouri, WEAU

... they thought was an 18-point buck.  They quickly determined it was a doe, which the Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed...


MDC outlines deer season changes September 25, 2023 Missouri, Maryville Daily Forum

... “With deer numbers being at desired levels in most counties but continuing to increase, additional antlerless harvest is needed to stabilize the deer population,” said Isabelle. “This new season portion will help increase antlerless deer harvest prior to the November portion, when many hunters focus on harvesting bucks.”..,


MDC asks public to report hemorrhagic disease in Missouri deer September 19, 2023 Missouri, MDC News

... MDC has recently confirmed HD in deer in Cole, Greene, Howell, Miller, St. Louis, and Webster counties. MDC has also received at least 305 reports of additional suspected HD cases from locations throughout the state... report suspected cases of HD to their local MDC office, conservation agent, or to email the information to WildlifeHeath@mdc.mo.gov ..,


Mountain lion seen killing adult elk in Missouri, officials say. How common are they? September 19, 2023 Missouri, YAHOO!News

... It’s the first mountain lion sighting this year in Shannon County, which is in southern Missouri about 160 miles southwest of St. Louis. There have been 13 confirmed mountain lion sightings this year in Missouri ..,


Deer hunting firearms season expanded 2 days September 15, 2023 MIssouri, Leader Publications

... “With deer numbers being at desired levels in most counties but continuing to increase, additional antlerless harvest is needed to stabilize the deer population,” said Jason Isabelle, cervid program supervisor for the state Department of Conservation. “This new season portion will help increase antlerless deer harvest prior to the November portion, when many hunters focus on harvesting bucks.” ,,,


Webinar explains data use for deer management September 9, 2023 Missouri, Daily Journal Online

... MDC and NDA previously presented Zoom webinars on deer survey techniques, wildlife cooperatives, and deer ageing techniques. Watch the recordings online at mdc.mo.gov/dmap...


MDC to increase permit prices in 2024 September 8, 2023 Missouri, KOMU

... Most permits will see about an $1 increase effective Feb. 29, 2024 ... The MDC noted that most permits prices have remained the same for 20 years...


Missouri Department of Conservation adds two new hunting seasons for the 2023 season September 3, 2023  KY3

... “The deer population is abundant. I wouldn’t say it’s higher than usual. It’s it’s a little over a million in Missouri, and it’s been that way for several years now. So the deer population is abundant,” [Francis Scalicky, media specialist for MDC] ..,


MDC reminds deer hunters of changes for upcoming season August 21, 2023, Missouri Department of Conservation

... “The changes to deer hunting regulations for the 2023-2024 deer season were motivated by increasing deer numbers throughout much of Missouri and in response to changes in the distribution of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “With a growing deer population in most Missouri counties, we’re increasing opportunities for hunters to harvest deer both within and outside of the CWD Management Zone this year.” ...


Animal services help untangle deer antlers from soccer net near elementary school August 14, 2023 Missouri, KCTV News

... KC Pet Project shared photos of a male deer that had become entangled in a soccer ... Our officer quickly began working on getting the net off of the deer, and after a few minutes was successful in removing all of the net from the deers antlers...


Slowing the Spread July 29, 2023 Missouri Department of Conservation

...  From July 2022 to April 2023, MDC tested more than 33,000 deer and only found 118 positive CWD cases. Most of these were hunter harvested, brought by hunters to mandatory sampling stations in the CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the regular firearms season, or to voluntary sampling spots such as freezer drop-offs for deer heads....


If you find a baby deer by itself in your backyard, leave it alone. Chances are it’s OK June 13, 2023 Missouri, KWMU

... After birth, mothers will leave their fawns alone in a safe space for up to 24 hours to protect them from predators while they search for food... 


MDC proposes adjusting permit prices and wants public input May 19, 2023 Missouri Department of Conservation

... “In early 2003, the price of a resident firearms deer permit was $17 and the cost of a gallon of unleaded gas was $1.42,” explained MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “Jump ahead two decades to May 2023 when the cost of a resident firearms deer permit is still $17 while the cost of a gallon of gas is about $3.30. That cost increase really adds up considering MDC purchased nearly 908,000 gallons of gas in 2022 to run vehicles and equipment.”..,



First Deer Discovered in St. Francois County with Chronic Wasting Disease April 12, 2023 Missouri, My Mo Info

... one deer with C.W.D. was discovered in St. Francois County.  That was the very first time chronic wasting disease was found in a St. Francois County deer..,


MDC reports 117 new cases of CWD for 2022 surveillance year April 10, 2023 Missouri, MDC News

...  out of more than 33,000 whitetail deer and other members of the deer family tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) between July 2022 and April, 117 tested positive, including four in Perry County.  The number of CWD cases found in the state since 2012 — the first year CWD was confirmed in the Show Me State — now stands at 408..,


'A noticeable uptick': Cougar sightings increasing in Missouri April 11, 2022 Missouri, YAHOO!News

... nine confirmed mountain lion sightings in Missouri between January 3 and March 7, nearly doubling the state's entire 2022 total... no evidence of an established population ...


Bill would compel Conservation to pay for deer collisions April 1, 2023 Missouri, News Tribune

... House Bill 1363 would compel the MDC to pay up to $250 for vehicular damage caused by an animal the department protects..."If somebody hits (an animal), do they now owe us, and conservation, for the cost of the investigation?" Rep. Rudy Veit, R-Wardsville, asked, unable to get a clear answer from Cook.  Veit also expressed concern with the fiscal note, which stated the bill would cost more than $750,000 to implement...


MDC reminds the public to report antlers found with the skull plate attached this spring

Missouri Department of Conservation March 29, 2023 Missouri,  Mo.gov

... According to chapter 10 of Missouri’s Wildlife Code, any antler found with the skull plate still attached must be reported to the county’s conservation agent within 24 hours of the shed being located if the finder intends to keep the antlers.  The presence of a skull plate attached to an antler suggests that the deer is likely deceased...


MDC offers upcoming online program with focus on deer management for landowners March 16, 2023 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

...  The free webinar will also include first-hand accounts of landowner experiences with wildlife cooperatives. To watch, visit the following link to join the webinar: short.mdc.mo.gov/4g2

The Deer Management Assistance Program can help landowners manage deer on their properties ...


MDC reminds residents not to place food attractants in CWD counties March 5, 2023 Missouri, Buffalo Reflex

... Missouri’s deer herd has been affected by chronic wasting disease in several counties... One of the ways that the Missouri Department of Conservation tries to slow the spread and frequency of the disease is by restricting feeding of wildlife in counties that have been infected with CWD...


Chronic wasting disease now in Sullivan County, experts recommend getting all deer  tested  February 24, 2023 MIssouri, KTVO

... After sampling deer that were harvested during the Fall 2022 season, the Missouri Department of Conservation found that three deer in the county tested positive for CWD..,


Sharpshooters Kill 66 Deer In 4 Months February 20, 2023 Missouri,  Webster Kirkwood Times 

... “In the past four months, we’ve removed 66 deer, with 55 through the sharpshooter initiative ... Schaefer asked the board if it wanted to continue with the sharpshooter initiative, which  costs $50,000 a year.  [$909 per deer] ... 


Here’s why Missouri is seeing more mountain lions across the state Febraury 6, 2023 KWMU

...The big predator was wiped out in Missouri in 1927. However, the Missouri Department of Conservation confirms five to ten sightings each year of mountain lions wandering into the area from western states..,


Deer culling underway to 'slow the spread' of chronic wasting disease in Missouri February 4, 2023 Missouri, YAHOO!News

... Targeted culling of Missouri deer is underway in areas where new cases of chronic wasting disease were found following the latest deer harvests... around 29,400 samples with roughly 830 more to go have been tested this year, and, so far, 74 came back positive ..,


Missouri considers plan to clean up roadkill February 3, 2023 Missourinet

... “Typically, MoDOT when they’re cleaning up areas, will just take the dead deer and throw them either way off the shoulder or like into the right-of-way. What I learned was you can still see them and our constituents don’t want to see them,”  [State Rep. Paula Brown]


CWD deer culling planned at Prairie State Park January 31, 2023 Missouri, Joplin Globe

... The Missouri Department of Conservation announced a "controlled culling" of deer in February at Prairie State Park, following a positive CWD case on private land near the park last November. It was the first positive for chronic wasting disease in Barton County...


Property owners can get free deer hunting permits by submitting current info to MDC January 18, 2023 Missouri, YAHOO!News

... The department offers resident landowners with 20 or more contiguous acres and nonresident landowners with 75 or more contiguous acres no-cost or reduced-cost deer and turkey permits for hunting on their property...


Des Peres’s plans for deer hunting at park using sharpshooter rifles, concern residents January 17, 2023 Missouri, Fox2Now St. Louis

... “I don’t care how good they are, a stray bullet from a high-powered rifle can go a couple miles to houses and danger,” Greenman said. “Dougherty Ferry Road, which is right next to the park, is a major east-west commuter drive. Who knows, it might hit a car.” ...


Final tally in Missouri's deer hunting season falls just short of 300,000 January 17, 2023 Yahoo

... preliminary reporting ... showing a total of 299,721 deer killed...140,736 were antlered bucks, 27,029 were button bucks and 131,956 were does... a slight increase overall compared to the 2021-2022 hunting season ...,


Regulations For the 2023-24 Missouri Deer Season Take Effect January 10, 2023 Missourinet

... “Going back to about ten years ago, I had mentioned the hemorrhagic disease outbreak that occurred that was really severe,” adds Isabelle. “We had a lot of deer that died that year as a result of that disease. A lot of that mortality was in the central part of the state and the northern part of the state. The increase in deer numbers in those counties since that outbreak has been by design.” [ Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle]


Cape Girardeau managed deer hunt affected by weather, poor results January 6, 2023 Missouri, Southeast Missourian

... The two-month, urban archery hunt that ended Dec. 23 resulted in just four deer harvested to last year's 13 ... The program must be approved by the Cape Girardeau City Council annually and is run in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Conservation...


CWD reported in harvested deer in Barton County for first time January 5, 2023 Missouri, Yahoo! Sports

... A positive was reported in a Barton County deer harvested this fall ... An additional positive also was reported in Barry County this fall, bringing the total in that county to five so far..,


Missouri Dept. of Conservation advise people not to place food attractants in CWD counties January 2, 2023 KTVO Kirksville/Ottumwa

... MDC has instituted a rule that states that, “grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable products used to attract deer are prohibited year-round within CWD Management Zone counties. The following exceptions are allowed:  Feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building ...


Missouri deer hunting season regulations are changing in 2023. Here's why December 29, 2022 Yahoo! Sports

... A hundred years ago, barely 1,000 deer roamed Missouri... A century later, more than 1.5 million deer are now scattered throughout Missouri... The conservation department wants those numbers to be maintained, which explains the expanded hunting regulations and limits it recently announced ..,


Missouri deer hunting permits raise $13.3M as 197,724 harvested during firearms season December 8, 2022 The Center Square

... MDC data showed 288,799 resident deer hunting permits for $17 were sold through Nov. 30, resulting in $4.9 million. The report showed 22,020 non-resident deer hunting permits for $265 were sold through Nov. 30, bringing $5.8 million in revenue. The remainder of the revenue was from 13 other types of licenses and hunting methods for deer...


Rising deer population leads MDC to add more dates to hunting season in coming year December 7, 2022 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

... Deer populations are at desired levels in most counties, but are continuing to increase. Because of this, additional antlerless harvest is needed to stabilize those deer numbers [MDC's Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle]  ..,


MDC sets deer and turkey hunting dates and proposed deer regulation changes for 2023-2024 December 3, 2022 Missouri, Ozark Radio News

...  “With a growing deer population in most Missouri counties, we’re increasing opportunities for hunters to harvest deer both within and outside of the CWD Management Zone next year.” ...


Missouri hunting season nets more than 261,000 deer November 23, 2022 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

... Last year, hunters checked 188,928 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season ... “To have sustained temperatures that were well below average for nearly the entire season portion was quite remarkable.” ... the colder weather likely resulted in increased deer movements, contributing to this year’s higher harvest total...


Mo. Dept. of Conservation: Dumping deer carcasses is illegal; may spread CWD  November 16, 2022 Missouri, KY3

... ‘We receive and investigate numerous calls about the illegal dumping of deer carcasses this time of year,” Southeast Region Protection Captain Russell Duckworth said in a release. “And those calls are usually from concerned citizens who find a discarded deer carcass along public roadways.” ...


MDC thanks hunters for submitting samples to track down chronic wasting disease November 14, 2022 Missouri, KFVS12

... The MDC reports that the November portion of firearms deer season allows hunters to harvest between a quarter to a third of the total deer population in Missouri..,


State removes CWD testing in some management zone counties October 25, 2022 Missouri, Fulton Sun

... A lack of resources is preventing the Missouri Department of Conservation from opening testing sites in four counties considered to be part of the state's Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone...There are more than 75 testing stations across the 34 counties in the zone, according to the interactive map on MDC's website...


MDC reminds people not to feed deer in CWD management counties September 28, 2022 Missouri, EIN News

... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking residents who live in Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management counties to help slow the spread and reduce the impact of CWD in Missouri...


Barton, Vernon, Greene counties added to CWD management zones September 11, 2022 Missosuri, Yahoo News

... To date, there have been nearly 300 positive cases of CWD in 21 Missouri counties; there have been more than 1,300 positives in deer and elk in Arkansas, including many in cases along the Missouri border.  There have been no positives in Missouri's elk population ..,


Bluetounge virus impacts hunting as deer season nears September 8, 2022 Missouri, Northwest Missourian

... “We had a really bad EHD outbreak, and they modified that regulation to help the population bounce back a little bit,'' ...  Unlike other counties, hunters are only allowed to use one antlerless permit, while most other counties allow hunters to use two...


MDC seeking public feedback on updates to its CWD plan July 26, 2022 Missouri Department of Conservation

... As part of the plan revision, MDC is considering some changes to deer-hunting regulations for the 2023 deer hunting season. Proposed regulation changes include:  Increasing the maximum number of firearms antlerless deer hunting permits that a hunter could fill from two to four in select counties ... Comment on MDC’s draft CWD Surveillance and Management Plan July 25 through Aug. 8 at mdc.mo.gov/cwdplan...


Deer Management: 11 Things (2022) You Ought To Know July 17, 2022 Missouri, Erika Benson

...  in Missouri ... the state estimates the population is around 1.4 million...


Program helps landowners manage deer population July 10, 2022 Missouri, Yahoo News

... The Deer Management Assistance Program through the Missouri Department of Conservation allows qualifying landowners to receive additional antlerless permits to be used during the firearm season ...


Find a baby deer alone? They really don’t need help June 28, 2022 Missouri, Fox2Now

... The baby isn’t strong enough to follow mom all day, so female deer hide their newborn before going off to feed. But they are always close by... They do not have a strong scent that would attract predators and they know to keep quiet when hiding...


Managing the Herd June 1, 2022 Missouri Conservationist: June 2022

... Drury, co-founder of the hunting and outdoor media company, Drury Outdoors, and several neighboring landowners own and manage more than 4,000 acres north of Princeton along the border with Iowa. In his case, the issue wasn’t a matter of too many deer, but a herd that was out of balance between does and bucks.“It was out of control from our perspective,” Drury said. “There’s a lot of gun pressure up in northern Missouri, a lot of bucks getting harvested, obviously, and just not a lot of does getting harvested. I mean, we’ve got does like you’ve never seen.” ...

  

Dirty dozen: CWD cases spike in Jefferson County deer May 6, 2022 Missouri, myleaderpaper.com

...  From the first discovery of CWD in a deer killed near Meert's Tree Farm in 2016, through June of 2021, only nine deer had tested positive in the county. This fall and winter, 12 new infections were confirmed, all south of Festus and east of De Soto...


Which Missouri counties showed deer with chronic wasting disease  April 27, 2022 Ozarks First 

... The Missouri Department of Conservation said 86 deer out of 32,000 tested were positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) between July 2021 and April 2022... 292 cases of CWD since the first case was detected by conservation officials in 2012 ..,  see full report


Cape Council approves amended urban deer hunt for fall  February 8, 2022 Missouri, Southeast Missourian

... Hunting periods will stay seven days long, but a one-week period of no hunting will follow... Last year's hunt lasted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 5 and resulted in the harvest of four male deer and nine female deer...


Mo. Dept. of Conservation reports final deer harvest numbers: nearly 300K January 18, 2022 Missouri, Paducah-Cape Girard

... a preliminary total deer harvest of 293,670.  Of the deer harvested, 143,049 were antlered deer, 26,599 were button bucks and 124,022 were does...


Nearly 300,000 deer harvested during Missouri hunting season January 18, 2022 KSHB Kansas City

... “The deer population has continued to increase across much of southern Missouri at the same time that we’ve seen a population recovery in most of the counties impacted by the severe hemorrhagic disease outbreak that occurred in 2012.” ... The total harvest represents a slight decrease, 1.19%, from the 2020-21 ..,


CWD expands in deer in Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas January 7, 2022 The Joplin Globe

... For the first time, positives have been reported in Barry County, and additional positives were reported this deer season in Stone and Taney counties ... A positive also was reported for the first time in Howell County, another Missouri county along the Arkansas border...


Rep. Mitch Boggs seeks to reverse certain hunting regulations for landowners January 5, 2022 The Missouri Times

... HB 1694 would require the Conservation Commission to distribute landowner hunting permits upon request of any resident or nonresident who owns 5 acres of property...


Three bulls killed in second-ever modern elk hunt, conservation officials say December 20, 2021 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

... Elk are a native species in the state but were hunted to extinction in the state through unregulated hunting during the late 1800s, according to MDC. About 100 elk were reintroduced to the Ozarks starting in 2011...


Chronic wasting disease found in 28 Missouri deer; testing for COVID-19 continues December 14, 2021 Columbia Missourian

... 28 cases of chronic wasting disease among deer tested in Missouri since July 1... Almost 19,000 lymph node tissue samples from deer were collected... 


Cape Girardeau Managed Deer Hunt Comes To A Close December 10, 2021 Missouri, KRCU

... a total of 13 deer harvested ...  will determine whether or not to continue the program


Some deer hunting still not allowed in area counties December 6, 2021 MIssouri, newspressnow.com

...  bluetongue disease, which caused several deer to die in 2013, drastically decreased the deer population in the area.  “Some of the estimates of deer loss were over 50% in some of the counties. That was the big issue in 2013 ...


 Missouri's November deer harvest was higher December 4, 2021 chillicothenews.com

...  Missouri’s deer population is obviously recovering from the effects of an EHD outbreak in 2012 which killed a lot of deer in much of the state..,


Deer with arrow in its neck spotted in Cape Girardeau December 2, 2021 Missouri, KFVS12

... They said it’s not clear if the deer is connected with the ongoing managed hunt happening in city limits ...


16-point deer in Missouri turns out to be doe December 1, 2021 WFTV

... This isn’t the first time an antlered doe has been bagged in Missouri. In 2019, a young hunter shot a doe with a 19-point rack of antlers ...


13 deer harvested in Cape Girardeau urban deer hunt November 30, 2021 Missouri, KFVS12

...  13 deer have been killed in the past four weeks of the five week hunt of the urban deer hunt.



Hunter cooperation needed November 15, 2021 Missouri, Missourian.com

… early estimates [two centuries ago] ranged from 10 deer per square mile to 20 deer per square mile in Missouri, or from about 700,000 to 1.4 million… 400 deer left in a handful of Ozark counties by 1925 … the deer population in Missouri has recovered, to as much as 1.4 million by some estimates ...


Outlook for Missouri firearms deer season is good. November 9, 2021  YAHOO!News

... “The deer population is increasing throughout much of the state,” said Jason Isabelle, with the Missouri Department of Conservation. “Deer numbers have been slowly increasing in southern Missouri for many years due to conservative harvest regulations." ... In most counties, deer numbers are at desired levels ...


MDC reminds deer hunters of CWD Mandatory Sampling Nov. 13-14 November 8, 2021 Missouri Department of Conservation News

... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds deer hunters that it will be holding mandatory CWD sampling during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms season, Nov. 13 and 14, for hunters who harvest deer in MDC CWD Management Zone counties..,


Cape Girardeau’s first urban deer hunting season begins Monday  November 1, 2021 Missouri, KFVS12 

... 47 hunters ... can only use bow and arrows ...


City Of Cape Girardeau Designates Marked Areas For Managed Deer Hunting Season October 20, 2021 Missouri, KRCU

... The City of Cape decided on managed deer hunting designations to support healthy wildlife population control and prevent starvation, as well as reducing the spread of diseases...


It's that time of year to watch for deer October 8, 2021 Missuri, News Tribune

... Last year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 3,639 traffic crashes involving deer ...


Hunting interest rebounds after years-long slump September 30, 2021 Missouri,  PostIndependent.com

... “Our deer population continues to decrease from historical levels as a result of disease, urban sprawl and predators,”  [Matt Yamashita, a CPW area wildlife manager] ... “Up until recently, we were seeing a decline in hunting,” ... From 2020 to 2021, CPW reported applications for deer licenses increased by about 16,000 ...


Missouri Conservationists to Test Deer for COVID This Fall September 27, 2021 KBIA

... White-tailed deer in Illinois, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania were tested in the federal study. Every sample showed at least 7% of the population having SARS-Cov-2 antibodies...


For the Bullock brothers, it's about more than hunting September 17, 2021 Missouri, dailyjournalonline.com

... Missouri’s deer population is estimated to be 1.4 million ... before European settlement, deer were thought to be abundant in the state. By 1925, Missouri had an estimated deer population of only 400... This decline led the Missouri Legislature to close deer hunting altogether ..,


There are ways to glimpse the Missouri of 200 years ago August 5, 2021 Joplin Globe

... William Clark ... wrote on June 17, 1804 ...  as he pushed up the Missouri River ... “The country about abounds in bear, deer and elk.”  As well as “numerous ticks”... Henry Rowe Schoolcraft  ...traversing the Ozarks in 1818-1819...  deer were so abundant... as far west as the James River ... a region with elk and deer abundant ..,


Oh, deer! Missouri buck makes record journey June 9, 2021 Fox2Now St. Louis

... Using GPS tracking of more than 600 deer in Missouri, researchers found one which traveled nearly 200 miles over a 22-day period.  The study was first published in March in Ecology and Evolution. The movements were tracked in November 2017, during hunting season...


Conservation Commission approves CWD regulation changes by MDC May 24, 2021 Missouri, Ozark Radio News

... Hunters who harvest deer in any counties of the CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the November portion of the firearms deer season (Nov. 13-14) are required to take their harvested deer (or the head) on the day of harvest to one of MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling stations throughout the Zone...


MDC releases deer Chronic Wasting disease report for 2020-2021 April 26, 2021 Missouri, KSDK

... The MDC reported it had collected more than 15,300 tissue samples from mostly harvested deer for CWD testing. The Department confirmed 44 new cases of CWD from deer tested...The 44 new cases were found in the following counties: Adair (2), Franklin (5), Linn (6), Macon (5), Oregon (3), Polk (1), Pulaski (1), Putnam (2), St. Clair (1), Ste. Genevieve (12) and Stone (1)..,


MDC Elk Restoration Efforts March 27, 2021 Missouri Department of Conservation

...Elk are a native species in Missouri that disappeared from the state due to unregulated hunting during the late 1800s... Their numbers have grown to more than 200 with an annual herd growth rate of over 10 percent and a herd ratio of more than one bull elk for every four cow elk ..,


Cape Girardeau urban deer hunting petition may not receive enough signatures before deadline March 24, 2021 Missouri, KFVS

... Opponents of an urban deer hunting season in Cape Girardeau say they are not going to get enough signatures in time for the petition ... They wanted voters in the city to have the final say ...


New members added to Missouri House Conservation Committee ahead of controversial vote March 7, 2021 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

... if passed through a statewide vote in 2022, would turn the state's four-member Conservation Commission into a nine-member board with eight members elected. The governor would appoint the ninth member...


Effort to overturn City of Cape Girardeau deer ordinance to launch February 25, 2021 Missouri, Southeast Missourian

... Eight years ago, in April 2013, the last Cape Girardeau city deer hunt ordinance was repealed by a citizen plebiscite of 1,485-1,279, with 53.7% favoring overturning the hunt...


What Landscapes Did Missourians See in 1821? February 18 2021 Missouri, KRCU

... Henry Rowe Schoolcraft described these uplands in 1818, “barrens and prairies, with occasional forest of oak, the soil poor, and covered with grass, with very little underbrush.” Elk, deer, black bear, and turkey were abundant..,


Cape Girardeau city council approves deer hunting ordinance February 15, 2021 Missouri, Paducah-Cape Girard KFVS-TV

... The issue was put Cape Girardeau voters several years ago, but failed...


MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 296,500 January 21, 2021 Missour, MDC News

... a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 296,516. Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks, and 127,461 were does... a four-percent increase in this year’s total deer harvest over last year’s,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “The increased harvest is largely a reflection of increasing deer numbers throughout much of the state.” ..,


Cracking the Mystery Behind Missouri's Year of the Giant Buck December 15, 2020 Missouri, Outdoor Life Magazine

... “Part of the reason is the recovery of Missouri’s deer population post 2012.” ... the devastating effect Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) had on the State’s deer population in 2012. The MDC estimates that some counties in Missouri lost up to 20 percent of their deer herd and that conservatively, statewide mortality from EHD was in excess of 100,000 whitetails..,


Missouri's first elk season is underway December 10, 2020 RADIO.COM

... Over 19,100 people applied for a permit in Missouri’s first modern day elk hunt. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) awarded five permits , four general permits for the public and one permit for a qualifying area landowner...


Deer poaching cases under investigation in Carter County, Mo.; National Park Service offers reward up to $5,000 for information November 28, 2020 Missouri, Springfield (MO) KYTV

... three dead deer south of Big Spring, Missouri ... investigators determined all three deer were shot from roadways with high-powered rifles between Nov. 22-23 ...


MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 176,604 November 25, 2020 Missouri, KSDK-TV St. Louis 

... 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks, and 64,905 were does... 


Bad weather brings down deer harvest during firearms opening weekend November 17, 2020 Missouri, fox2now.com

... “We had pretty rainy, unpleasant conditions on Saturday, which inhibits deer movement and inhibits hunters desire to go out hunting. So that was one thing. That was followed up by windy conditions in certain parts of the state on Sunday,”  ...


Group sues to stop deer hunting in St. Louis area parks this weekend November 5, 2020 Missouri, KMOV

... An animal rights group and two area residents are suing to try to force an end to deer hunting in several St. Louis County public parks. Archery hunting of deer is scheduled to begin Saturday ...


Deadly Infection For Deer Is Spreading In Missouri November 1, 2020 KWMU

... chronic wasting disease, an infection that slowly kills deer, is in Pulaski County...  It's the 17th county with a confirmed case since the disease was first found in Missouri in 2010... a total of 163 cases confirmed in a state deer population that is more than 1 million...


MDC shares important information for deer hunting October 29, 2020 Missouri, MDC News

...“Deer populations in much of southern Missouri have been increasing slowly over time and deer numbers in much of central and northern Missouri have rebounded from the severe hemorrhagic disease outbreak in 2012 that caused a significant decline in deer numbers in many counties,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle..,


Missouri conservation warns against baiting deer in St. Louis region October 28, 2020 KSDK-TV St. Louis 

... One of the highest tenants of ethical hunting is the concept of fair chase. Baiting deer goes against fair chase by giving a hunter an unfair advantage. It is also illegal... Problems with deer baiting are amplified due to the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease ...


MDC reminds hunters of baiting regulations during deer and turkey seasons October 26, 2020 Missouri, Neosho Daily News

... The use of bait, including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey, while hunting is illegal. The regulations are in place to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and to ensure fair chase...


Missouri's first elk hunting season begins Saturday October 17, 2020 KY3

...Elk are a native species in Missouri but were hunted to extinction in the state through unregulated hunting during the late 1800s. With the help of numerous partners and supporters, MDC reintroduced about 100 elk to a remote area of the Missouri Ozarks from 2011-2013..,


Cape Girardeau, Several options for a Cape urban deer hunt October 17, 2020 Missouri, Southeast Missourian

... By a 53.7% to 46.3% tally, voters exercised the referendum option seven years ago to strike down a particular City Council ordinance passed by a 4-3 vote in July 2012.  The April 2013 plebiscite, the first-ever voter invalidation of a city ordinance, rolled back the council's 2012 decision to permit a controlled archery deer hunt within city limits..,


Missouri lifts mandatory CWD testing in deer October 17, 2020 News-Press Now

... the 71 CWD sampling stations located throughout the zone will remain open. The department encourages hunters to have their deer sampled for CWD on the day of harvest.... Social distancing will be practiced by conservation department staff ...


Missouri drivers warned to watch out for deer on the road October 11, 2020 Springfield (MO) KYTV

... last year, there were 4,320 crashes in which deer-vehicle strikes occurred. In the state ... deer mating season is at its peak right now, running through mid- to late-November...


Missouri Department of Conservation: Hemorrhagic Disease Found in Deer October 5, 2020 Nature World News

... In 2007, the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study(SCWDS) received hemorrhagic disease incidences in 31 states and an estimated mortality rates of 100 per county. The estimated death totalled 65,000 dears in Illinois, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia that year...


EHD, Hemorrhagic disease reported in Missouri deer October 2, 2020 KSDK

...Hemorrhagic disease in deer has been recently confirmed through diagnostic testing in Boone, Camden, Cole, Jackson, Linn, and Osage counties. MDC has received at least 100 reports of additional suspected cases from locations throughout the state...


  Missouri Department of Conservation agents rescue deer tangled in soccer net in Clay County September 25, 2020 KMBC

...  together they wrestled the deer to the ground and stabilized it, then they cut the net away from the antlers....


Hunting preview 2020 September 9, 2020 Missouri, Kansas City Star

... “Throughout the vast majority of the state, our deer herd is steadily increasing,” said Jason Isabelle, cervid program supervisor ...


MDC sets proposed bear-hunting framework for future seasons September 5, 2020 Missouri, MDC News

... According to MDC, over the last 50 years bear numbers in the Missouri Ozarks have increased significantly and today Missouri is home to between 540 – 840 black bears. Missouri bear numbers are currently increasing each year by approximately 9%, bear range in the state is expanding, and Missouri’s bear population is expected to double in less than 10 years..,


MDC reminds hunters and others of new CWD regulations for cervid carcasses August 12, 2020 Missouri Department of Conservations

... Deer harvested in CWD Management Zone counties must be telechecked before any parts of the carcass may be transported out of the county of harvest.

Whole carcasses and heads of deer harvested in CWD Management Zone counties may only be transported out of the county of harvest if the carcass is delivered to a licensed meat processor and/or taxidermist within 48 hours of exiting the county of harvest..,


Five hunters to participate in Missouri's first official elk hunt July 7, 2020 KSNF/KODE 

... the population has grown to more than 200, and the population has reached a point to where we can have a limited hunting season ... The five winners were drawn randomly in a group of over 19,000 hunters who applied for the permit ..,


Thank you to the officer for giving them a chance': Ellisville police officer rescues fawns after mom hit by car June 9, 2020 Missouri, KSDK

... thought she was dead. Then he saw her lift her head ... took off running ...  into the woods ... a lump on the ground... was a fawn. Then he heard a cry and found a second fawn.  ... “She had bled out and was gone,” ... 


MDC Reports Final CWD Results for 2019-20 Season May 6, 2020 Missouri Department of Conservation

...  MDC reports it has confirmed 46 new cases of the deadly deer disease.  These new findings bring the total number of CWD cases in the state to 162. MDC has tested more than 137,000 deer since the first cases of CWD were found in free-ranging deer in Missouri in 2012..,


MDC announces Missouri’s first elk-hunting season coming this fall! April 8, 2020 Missouri, MDC News

... elk hunt comes after years of restoration efforts of the once-native species by MDC and numerous partners and supporters...  five permits will be for bull elk ... will be assigned through a random-lottery drawing... MDC will require a $10 application fee for those applying for the general permits..,


Nature-loving Missourians should keep an eye on General Assembly April 3, 2020 West Plains Daily Quill

... If approved, HJR 100 would enable legislators ... to set game and fish seasons and limits ... and allow private deer breeders to ignore concerns about the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease ...


Des Peres, Firm Hired To Reduce Deer Population March 6, 2020 Missouri, Webster-Kirkwood Times

... resolution allows the board to hire White Buffalo Company to conduct the hunt for up to 50 deer at a cost of $50,000... would bring the number of deer down to the optimum number of 15 to 20 deer per square mile. The last count by White Buffalo showed 51 deer per square mile ...


Graphic video shows injured deer caught inside feral hog trap in Reynolds County March 6, 2020 MIssouri,  Springfield News-Leader

... A graphic video making the rounds on Facebook on Friday shows several deer that were unable to escape from a circular wire feral hog trap in Reynolds County. One deer tries to leap out of the cage, while two others lay injured on the ground. Those two eventually died...


Hunters donated nearly 350,000 pounds of deer meat to food banks this season February 26, 2020 CNN

... The hunters donated the meat to Missouri's Share the Harvest program ... The program, coordinated by MDC and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM), was launched in 1992. Since then, more than 4.3 million pounds of meat has been ground, packaged and donated ...


Final deer season count is 285,483 January 17, 2020 columbiamissourian.com

... preliminary report showing 285,483 deer were killed.  Of the deer, 133,914 were antlered bucks, 27,931 were button bucks, and 123,638 were does... Hunters took 290,224 deer during the 2018-2019 overall deer hunting season ...


St. Louis County Council approves bill allowing controlled deer hunts in parks January 6, 2020 Missouri, KMOV

... allow archery hunts in the parks to help reduce the deer overpopulation... their biggest concern is public safety. They had 57 accidents involving deer in 2019 ...


Deer disease 'relatively rare' in Missouri, but Arkansas approaching 800 cases January 5, 2020 Joplin Globe

... The Missouri Department of Conservation said recently that it had confirmed 24 new cases of CWD in Missouri, out of about 27,000 tissue samples collected this season. That brings the state's total to 140 confirmed cases out of the 130,000 deer that Missouri has tested in the last decade.  CWD was first confirmed in Missouri in 2012....

     24 new cases of chronic wasting disease found, but disease still rare in Missouri December 20, 2019 Missouri, KSDK.com

... 24 new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been found by the Missouri Department of Conversation, from nearly 27,000 tissue samples collected from white-tailed deer and submitted for disease testing this season..,


Deer hunters harvest more that 266,000 deer to date December 9, 2019 Missouri, KTTN.com

... with all methods to date included, the deer of harvested in Missouri stands at 266,678. The entire deer season for 2018 saw more than 290,000 deer harvested statewide...


Couple says they were walking with their daughter in St. Charles when deer hunter fired shots near them December 6, 2019 Missouri, KMOV

...  we get in the car and we see the deer shot  … and we can see the hunter in the field ... about 100 yards away ...


In just 11 days, hunters kill about 14% of Missouri’s entire deer population, data show December 1, 2019 Wichita Eagle

... hunters killed a lot of deer — 178,936 of them, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. This means that from Nov. 16 to 26, hunters killed roughly 14 percent of Missouri’s estimated 1.4 million deer, according to a 2012 estimation by the University of Missouri..,


Smithville Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake celebrates 30th managed deer hunt November 28, 2019 Missouri, United States Army

... In 1990, Bruce Clark, retired operations manager at Smithville Lake, started this initiative. It offered nearly 17 spots in the hunt providing an outdoor opportunity for disabled hunters ... In order to make this managed hunt possible, it took regulation changes from the Missouri Department of Conservation...


MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 178,936 November 27, 2019 Missouri, The Marshall Democrat-News

... deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season ... 91,420 antlered bucks, 17,237 button bucks, and 70,279 does... Last year hunters checked 200,738 deer ,,,


Not your average deer: Oak Grove teen bags rare antlered doe November 27, 2019 Missouri, KMBC Kansas City on MSN.com

... The buck Marsh shot with 19 points on its antlers was, in fact, a doe...  genetic, hormonal and physiological anomalies happen. That means sometimes female deer, a doe, can have antlers...


More than 1,000 citations issued during deer season in Missouri November 25, 2019 KMOV on MSN.com

... The most common violation was hunting deer without a permit, which carries a total cost for the fine and court costs of $289. So far, 252 citations were issued for that offense...


Missouri harvest steady during opening weekend November 24, 2019 News-Press NOW

... In 1944, the newly created Missouri Department of Conservation held the first modern deer season with 7,757 hunters harvesting 519 bucks during a two-day, bucks-only season in 20 counties... Missouri now has more than a million deer throughout the state with about a half-million deer hunters harvesting hundreds-of-thousands of deer each year..,


  Hunter kills albino deer in Jefferson County neighborhood November 21, 2019 MIssouri, KMOV4

... Some neighbors said they enjoyed the sight of the relatively rare white deer in their neighborhood.  "It was a very small little deer. It's sad, it's very sad," ...


88k deer harvested during opening weekend, nearly 10k drop from last year November 19, 2019 Missouri, Ozark Radio News

... Of the 88,843 deer harvested on Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17, 51,086 were antlered bucks, 8,115 were button bucks, and 29,642 were does...


Modern deer season dawned 75 years ago in Missouri November 15, 2019 Missouri, Joplin Globe

...  in the winter of 1818-1819 ... a description of a region rich with deer... Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and Levi Pettibone ... Dunbar Robb, who worked as a chief biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation beginning in 1941 ... says early estimates ranged from 10 deer per square mile to 20 deer per square mile in Missouri, or from about 700,000 to 1.4 million..,


Half a million deer hunters to hit the woods November 14, 2014 Missouri, Columbia Missourian

... Missouri’s deer population has been growing steadily while recovering from an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in 2012, Jason Isabelle, the cervid program supervisor for the conservation department ... The overall estimated population of deer in Missouri is 1.4 million...


11 area counties part of Missouri's mandatory CWD deer testing this weekend November 11, 2019 Missouri, KY3

... present your harvested deer to be checked for CWD at a sampling station ... Chronic Wasting Disease can wipe out large deer populations  ... "We can't find this disease without the cooperation of the hunters," ... The Mo. Dept. of Conservation estimates there are over a million deer in the state and they've sampled about 100,000 since 2002... 


Early conservation helped deer populations soar November 8, 2019 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader 

... 1889 legislative action that limited deer hunting in Missouri to a bucks-only ... In 1925, a survey showed Missouri’s whitetail population had dwindled to 395 deer in 23 counties. That same year, the legislature closed deer hunting in the state... a 1944 survey that placed the state’s deer numbers at 15,000... Does became legal to harvest in 1951 ..,


Missouri increases penalties for poaching October 26, 2019 MDJOnline.com

... Bill 260 ... Called the Poaching Bill ... New fine amounts include $10,000 to $15,000 for each elk or black bear killed illegally, $1,000 to $5,000 for each whitetailed buck ...


Elk hunting a possibility for Missouri next year October 6, 2019 Joplin Globe

...  “We wanted to have at least 200 elk,” ...  elk were wiped out in the Ozarks; the last elk killed in Missouri, by the way, was in 1886, in Texas County...  there were once six subspecies of elk in North America, and two are wiped out ..,


What's up with Christian County CWD deer zone? September 11, 2019 MIssouri, Springfield News-Leader

... No deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Christian County ... "Counties within 10 miles of CWD detections are in the zone this year ... A map of detections can be found here.


MDC shares CWD info for upcoming deer season September 10, 2019 Missour, Kirksville Daily Express and Daily News

... MDC has found 116 cases of CWD in Missouri since 2012 out of more than 100,000 deer sampled so the disease remains relatively rare in the state... MDC is offering free voluntary CWD sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in Missouri throughout the entire deer hunting season ..,


If You Want to Go Whitetail Deer Hunting, These Are the 9 States You Should Visit September 9, 2019 Missouri, The National Interest

... Missouri has a population of over 1.3 million deer and a lot of public lands open for hunting...  almost 500,000 hunters annually ...


Conservation Department: Deer harvest may dip this year September 1, 2019 Missouri, News-Press NOW

... Whiskirchen said the overall deer population is stable to slightly increasing in the state. “There was a hemorrhagic disease outbreak in 2012 that resulted in a decline in the deer population in 2013,” Wiskirchen said. “Since that time, the statewide deer population has been on an increasing trend.” ... this year the opening weekend of the November firearms portion will not align as closely with the peak of the breeding season ..,


Missouri Department of Conservation has new rules for deer carcasses in ongoing fight against CWD August 27, 2019 KTTN

... The new regulations, starting in 2020, will:  Restrict transportation of whole cervid carcasses into the state;  Allow for the importation of cervid heads with attached capes into Missouri if they are taken to a licensed taxidermist ...


Des Peres City Grapples Over Growing Deer Population August 16, 2019 Missouri, timesnewspapers.com

... Mayor Mark Becker asked Schaefer to look into the PZP vaccine for sterilization.  “Let’s see what the conservation department thinks about sterilization,” he said. “We want this issue to be transparent and we want to make sure we have the answers.” ...


Fenton, Talk Turns To Speeding Motorists, Deer Population In Fenton August 9, 2019 Missouri, Webster-Kirkwood Times

... After it was noted at a July 25 board meeting that most other cities involved in deer killing are first prompted by current research that verifies deer overpopulation, Fenton staff were instructed to seek options regarding how to conduct an impartial survey of local deer numbers independent of Belleville’s estimated numbers...


Howell County added to CWD management zone July 30, 2019 Missouri, Ozark Radio News

... added after a deer tested positive for CWD in neighboring Oregon County...


  Chesterfield couple rescue baby deer from floodwaters July 18, 2019 Missouri, KMOV

... right before I got to her, you could see she just kinda gave up and her legs went up, and that’s when I pulled her out of the water ... released her Thursday morning once she had recovered her strength and several adult deer seemed to be waiting for her in their backyard...


Missouri increases penalties for poaching July 17, 2019 Kirksville Daily Express and Daily News

... New fine amounts include $10,000-$15,000 for each elk or black bear killed illegally, $1,000-$5,000 for each whitetailed buck ...


Missouri wants to raise hunting, fishing fees July 5, 2019 Washington Times

... the Conservation Department wants to raise nonresident deer hunting licenses from $225 to $265 starting next year...


MDC announces initial plan for Missouri elk hunting June 29, 2019 Missouri, KSDK

... MDC will begin offering a limited season for hunting elk once the herd of about 175 animals reaches a minimum of 200 with an annual herd growth rate of at least 10 percent and a herd ratio of at least four cow elk for every bull elk ..,


MDC reduces CWD Management Zone following research findings June 24, 2019 Rolla Daily News

... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has reduced the number of counties in its management zone for chronic wasting disease (CWD) from 48 to 29, following recent research that shows the majority of buck’s disperse less than 25 miles in Missouri...


Abandoned fawn plucked from Missouri floodwaters June 7, 2019 myfox8.com

...  the fawn marooned in water that was at least four feet deep...the wildlife in this rural area is trying to find any dry spots it can...


Missouri Department of Conservation proposes new efforts to limit spread of CWD June 4, 2019 kttn

... “Our research shows it is highly unlikely that the spread of CWD to some new areas of the state is from the natural movement of deer ... We have found some new cases of CWD more than 60 miles from any other known cases... we do know that deer rarely travel that far on their own. That leaves people as the most likely way the disease is spreading that far.” ...


MDC seeking comments on changes to landowner permits June 2, 2019 Missouri, Lakenewsonline.com

...  adjusting acreage requirements for its definition of resident landowners from 5 to 20 acres...  implementation of a landowner registry ... discounted deer and turkey hunting permits for nonresident landowners with 75 acres or more ...


Missouri Department of Conservation suggesting price hikes for nonresident hunting, fishing May 28, 2019 fox4kc.com

... would increase nonresident deer and archery hunting by $40... “We commonly hear from many Missourians that our nonresident permit prices are too low compared to other states,” said MDC Director ...


Senate passes tough poaching bill, with minor change May 2, 2019 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

... a bill with much stiffer poaching restitution fines for illegally killing certain Missouri game animals passed the Senate on Wednesday... $2,000-$5,000 for each antlered deer ... $10,000-$15,000 for each black bear or elk ...


MDC Finds More Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease April 25, 2019 Missouri, MDC News

... The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 41 new positive test results for chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been confirmed following its sampling and testing of more than 32,000 free-ranging Missouri deer during its 2018-2019 disease-surveillance efforts. The 41 new positive test results bring Missouri’s total CWD detections to 116 since 2012..,


Missouri deer hunters donated 259,414 pounds of venison this season March 27, 2019 The Daily Star-Journal

... including 4,855 whole deer... Since the program was started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 4 million pounds ...


Chronic wasting disease gains more national attention March 23, 2019 MIssouri, Lakenewsonline.com

... In Missouri ... the disease was first discovered in a captive deer facility in 2010 ... CWD has progressed slowly here, thanks in large part to the MDC aggressively culling in small, concentrated areas around the discovery sites... Wisconsin ... decided to basically do nothing about the disease and let it spread. They now have CWD is 56 counties with areas where 50 percent of bucks harvested are infected ..,


MDC could raise minimum acreage for free permits March 9, 2019 Missouri, Fulton Sun

A healthy deer density in Missouri is about one deer per 20-25 acres 

...A healthy deer density in Missouri is about one deer per 20-25 acres [25.6 to 32 deer per square mile]  — in other words, the 5-acre threshold doesn't reflect actual wildlife habitat needs...


House votes to increase poaching fines in Missouri March 6, 2018 kttn

... It’s cheaper for a non-Missourian to come into the state, poach an animal, and pay the fine for that than it is to buy an out-of-state hunter tag... would increase to ,,, between $2000 and $5000 the fine for poaching a white-tailed deer ...


Latest elk killings may boost chances of tough poaching restitution bill February 19, 2019 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

... Two identical bills have been filed ... Both bills would allow a judge to order a poacher to pay restitution ...


:   About 1.4 million deer in 2021, over 1.3 million deer in 2019 and about 1.4 million in 2018, up from an estimated  population of 1.2 million deer in 2015 through 2017.   About 1.4 million in 2014 before hunting.  The population trended higher during 2016 in some areas as a result of harvest restrictions and limited disease impact.   A peak population of about 1.6 million around 2005.  

28 More Cases Of CWD Found In Missouri Deer; Here's How Conservationists Are Responding January 17, 2019 Lake Expo

...  28 more deer from 11 Missouri counties have been found to have chronic wasting disease (CWD). This brings the number of cases of the deadly deer disease in Missouri to 103 since 2012..,


Deer season ends with total harvest over 290,000 statewide January 16, 2019 Missouri, Jefferson City News Tribune

... preliminary ... Of the 290,339 deer killed, 136,776 were antlered bucks, 30,116 were button bucks, and 123,447 were does... Deer harvest data for past seasons is available at short.mdc.mo.gov/Z3M ..,


More than 2 tons of venison donated to Community Food Pantry January 15, 2019 Missouri, The Marshall Democrat-News

... hunters donated 289,292 pounds of venison in 2017...


Battle Against Chronic Wasting Disease In County Continues January 15, 2019 Missouri, Ste. Genevieve Herald

 ... Seven deer had tested positive in the area from mandatory testing in the area from the fall 2018 hunting period ... three more from the culling effort in southern Ste. Genevieve County in the winter of 2018...


CWD's slow spread in Missouri one of biggest of many outdoor stories in 2018 January 2, 2018 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

... The disease could potentially threaten Missouri's deer hunting industry, which brings about $1 billion annually to the state through license and permit sales, equipment purchases, hotel room rentals, taxidermy businesses and meat processing...


Multi-year poaching probe nabs four SW Missouri family members December 14, 2018 Springfield News-Leader

... a multi-year poaching case where authorities say hundreds of deer were killed illegally... Court records show the defendant "is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail." ...


Nature Center trails reopen after four deer killed during third archery hunt December 10, 2018 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader 

... Five hunters high in tree stands managed to kill four deer during the third annual hunt, which is intended to help reduce an overabundance of deer in the area.  "They harvested two does, a button buck and a four-point buck," ...


Gene diversity high in Missouri deer December 7, 2018 The Wildlife Society

... Some 1.4 million white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) roam in Missouri today ... The reintroduction of deer in the state turned out to be an ideal example of creating genetic diversity, researchers found, even if wildlife managers weren’t thinking about DNA at all more than 60 years ago... the study


Missouri Department of Conservation forming plan for future elk hunting December 8, 2018 Southeast Missourian

... Biologists previously determined the state needed at least 200 elk, the herd would need to be growing at least 10 percent annually and there should be at least one bull for every four cow elk... those benchmarks should all be met by 2020 ...


Area hunters taking fewer whitetails December 5, 2018 Missouri, Monett Times

... The Missouri Department of Conservation has released preliminary deer harvest totals for the state, and through Dec. 1, a total 270,570 deer have been checked in with the state as harvested.  The number is slightly behind the 2017-2018 harvest total of 284,477..,


A Taney County deer tests positive for CWD December 5, 2018 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

... deer was killed only 2.5 miles away from another deer that tested positive for CWD in Stone County ... 13 new cases of the deadly deer disease have been found so far in 2018 in Missouri ..,

     Another first: A Taney County deer tests positive for CWD Missouri December 5, 2018 Springfield News-Leader

... The Taney County deer was killed only 2.5 miles away from another deer that tested positive for CWD in Stone County, also that county's first positive CWD test...


Missouri could soon allow hunters to target elk in the Ozarks December 3, 2018 St. Louis Public Radio

... There are 170 elk that roam in Reynolds, Shannon and Carter counties. State officials want the population to grow to a minimum of 200 elk in Missouri before they allow hunting...


MDC reports 6,585 deer harvested during antlerless portion December 3, 2018 Missouri, The Reporter 

... 6,585 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2...


Missouri deer harvest reaching record-breaking number December 2, 2018 News-Press NOW

... the uptick in harvest this year is likely due to a combination of favorable weather and the continued recovery of deer populations in some areas hit hard by an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease during the drought in 2012...The closer the start of the season is to the rut, the more antlered bucks that are harvested..,


11 new cases of chronic wasting disease found in Missouri December 1, 2018 The Republic

... The 11 new positives bring the total number of cases in Missouri to 86..,


Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Southwest Missouri Deer, For The First Time November 30, 2018 LakeExpo.com

... a young buck harvested in Stone County in early November has tested positive for the deadly deer disease -- chronic wasting disease (CWD). According to MDC, this is the first detection of CWD in Stone County and the first detection in the far southwest region of the state...


Town and Country goes from management to maintenance as deer population shrinks November 27, 2018 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

... This year, White Buffalo, the city's contracted agent, killed 361 deer on a $230,000 contract [$637 per deer]. The number allowed to be killed next year is 150...


Missouri's unofficial state holiday — deer season — nets 248,000 animals so far  November  20, 2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

... more than 248,000 deer have been killed, including 99,567 on opening weekend, up 5 percent from the first two days of last season...


Powder Valley Deer Bow Hunt A Near Bust November 15, 2018 Missouri, Times Newspapers 

... the annual Sunset Hills urban bow hunt, begun in 2013, was based on “general, national statistics” that indicate deer increase in numbers in suburban areas if they are not killed. Ankney has regularly confronted the city, insisting that an official deer head count be performed. No survey has been taken since 2014, Ankney said...


Missouri Department of Conservation reports success in opening weekend of deer firearms season November 13, 2018 KSPR

... harvested 99,567 deer during the opening weekend ... Last year, hunters checked 94,886 deer during the opening weekend ...


Conservation department Collects 20,000 deer tissue samples November 13, 2018 Missouri, Houston Herald

... The Missouri Department of Conservation thanked Tuesday the thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory CWD sampling efforts last weekend in 31 counties...

12 year-old first-time deer hunter bags doe with antlers November 2, 2018 Missouri, KY3 

... what they thought was an eight-point buck...  It's either a doe with a high amount of testosterone or a true hermaphrodite deer which is basically half-and-half in the gender spectrum...


More than 7300 feral hogs removed from Missouri landscape in 2018 November 1, 2018 Hannibal.net

...  “They out-compete native wildlife for habitat and food. For example, places with a lot of feral hogs will see their wild turkey and deer populations diminish.” ...


Young Deer Hunters Harvest 13,500+ During Early Youth Portion October 29, 2018 Missouri, stl.news

... young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 13,560 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season ...   Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 17,412...


MDC meeting held to discuss spread of deadly deer disease (CWD) October 26, 2018 Missouri, Perryville News

... “While it looks like CWD is so widespread in Missouri, we’ve tested over 101 thousand deer since we’ve started our surveillance, and we’ve only had 75 total positives to date,” ... Mandatory sampling during the opening couple days of deer season ..,


White-Tailed Deer and the Wild Places They Shape November, 2018 Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation

... “Quite a bit of research shows if done at the right level, their browsing creates more plant diversity in a natural community,” Keller [MDC cervid program supervisor] said.  Deer promote plant diversity by spreading seeds. Undigested seeds in droppings can sprout in new places, and the feces provide fertility to boost growth. Plant seeds can stick to deer fur and be carried to new locations...


Missouri Department of Conservation reports deer tests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Oregon County October 25, 2018 KY3

...  The nearest confirmed CWD positive is over 70 miles away in Arkansas ... brings the total number of CWD cases detected in free ranging deer in Missouri to 76 since 2012...,


MDC's targeted culling a voluntary, effective program against CWD, official says October 14, 2018 Missouri, Southeast Missourian

... Where more than two cases of CWD have been found, landowners who hold more than 5 acres in a 1 to 5 mile radius can work with MDC to have deer harvested on their property ... Limiting the number of deer in an area helps minimize the accumulation of CWD ... Matt Bowyer, wildlife regional supervisor ...


Chronic wasting disease threatens Missouri’s $1 billion deer hunting culture October 11, 2018 Missouri, Iran Ship 

... CWD began showing up in pockets around the state. Batten said it is unlikely the disease is spreading in Missouri’s herd of approximately 1.2 million deer through natural deer dispersal alone. It is likely that humans are helping to spread the disease, potentially through the movement of infected deer carcasses..,


  Two Rare Albino Deer Spotted In Field  October 9, 2018 Missouri, WFMY News 2 

... a person can legally kill an albino deer in Missouri ... Killing an albino deer is illegal in six states, including Illinois...


CWD is Starting to Affect Deer Hunting in Missouri October 8, 2018 KSMU

... there have been 33 new cases of CWD in Missouri over the last year, bringing the total 75... rifle hunters will be required to bring in samples of any deer that they kill on opening weekend to be tested..,


Watch out on the roads October 3, 2018 Missouri, News-Press NOW 

... Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 4,070 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred ...


Beetem approves temporary restraining order against new deer meat law August 28, 2018 Missouri, Jefferson City News Tribune

... Missouri Conservation Commission ...  sued over language in Senate Bill 627 that added meat from "captive cervids" ...  to the list of meats requiring inspection by the state Department of Agriculture.  The commission believes the new law conflicts with its constitutional authority over wildlife...


MDC predicting high deer harvest August 26, 2018 Missouri, NewsPressNow

...  the deer herd in the northwest region is rebounding from a decline in the population due to an outbreak of disease in 2012... “We pulled back the antlerless portion for this year to see if that will positively impact the herd,” ... In southern Missouri, they’ve seen a steady but slowly increasing deer population..,


Department of Conservation hosts antler measuring day August 19, 2018 Missouri, News-Press Now

... In 1937, when voters approved the Missouri Conservation Commission, the state’s deer herd numbered only a few hundred in the southeastern Ozarks... in 1968, deer numbers were still less plentiful in Northwest Missouri than today..,


Conservation department hopes to control disease through captive deer regulation August 5,2018 Missouri, News Press Now

... “The commission will be working closely and in collaboration with hunting preserves and wildlife-breeding facilities to ensure regulation compliance and to minimize the risk associated with the movement and holding of captive deer,” the statement said. “The goal is to help protect Missouri’s deer herd, now and into the future, from the 100 percent fatal chronic wasting disease, which has advanced across the Missouri landscape since it was first found in 2010.” ...


Missouri Supreme Court rules all deer are wildlife  July 28, 2018 Columbia Daily Tribune

... five years and millions of dollars to settle an argument ... The supreme court: The terms ‘game’ and ‘wildlife’ are plain and unambiguous as used in Article IV, Section 40(a), which is concerned with the preservation and conservation of the state’s forestry and wildlife resources. In this context, the term ‘wildlife’ plainly includes all species that are wild by nature.” ...


If Missouri's elk herd continues to grow, limited hunt might happen in 2020 July 19, 2018 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader

... Elk were reintroduced to southeast Missouri in 2011, and there are about 170 adult elk living in the Peck Ranch Conservation Area now ... There needs to be a ratio of 25 bull elk for every 100 females to ensure herd growth..,


Protecting Missouri's deer herd July 18, 2018 Daily Journal Online 

... within the CWD management zone ... feeding deer is restricted in an effort to reduce the spread of CWD," Lewis said. "We have reviewed research that shows feeding deer can and does increase the likelihood for CWD to spread in the deer herd."...


Missouri Supreme Court shoots down captive deer hunting operations July 3, 2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

... the state government has a right to regulate the companies in order to control a deadly brain disease affecting the animals... the Missouri Department of Conservation in 2014 that attempted to crack down on the spread of chronic wasting disease ...


Town and Country wants deer control plan for Queeny Park June 26, 2018 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

...  It partially stemmed from a report from White Buffalo, the hired sharpshooting agent, that many deer are coming from Queeny Park...


MDC Sets CWS Sampling Efforts for Upcoming Deer Season June 18, 2018 Missour, MDC News

... MDC confirmed 33 new cases of CWD following the testing of nearly 24,500 free-ranging Missouri deer through its sampling and testing efforts last season..,


3 Southeast Missouri Counties Added To MDC Deer Feeding Ban June 15, 2018  KRCU 

... Cape Girardeau, Perry, and Bollinger counties have been added to a list of 7 Missouri counties placed under new restrictions for feeding and giving minerals to deer, and considered to be Chronic Wasting Disease management zones...


Chronic wasting disease detected in seven more counties June 13, 2018 MIssouri, KMZU

...  chronic wasting disease has been found in additional regions of Missouri. ...Since 2012, the MDC has tested over 100,000 deer and only 75 tests have come back positive for CWD, ...


Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD June 13, 2018 Missouri, Southeast Missourian

...  to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in deer populations, by expanding its CWD management zone from 41 to 48 counties... Further prevention efforts will include increased availability of antlerless permits ...


Metro shoppers witness 2 deer die after jumping off Trader Joe's roof June 11, 2018 Missouri, fox4kc.com

... jumped over a 5-foot wall above the store and landed in the parking lot two stories below  ... “The second one comes over, and he kind of tipped over and landed on his back. They were just flaring around, but they couldn’t move, and it was just awful.” ...


MDC Reports: Seven Cases Of Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Perry And Sainte Genevieve County Deer April 19, 2018 Missouri, KRCU

... the Missouri Department of Conservation has reported seven positive cases of chronic wasting disease, also known as CWD, in Perry (1)  and Ste. Genevieve (6) counties... A total of 33 new cases have been found within Missouri...


Grant's Farm opens for its 64th year with new deer safari park April 13, 2018 Missouri, KMOV.com

... new to this year, a deer safari park ... more information ...


MDC reports 33 CWD positives out of nearly 24500 samples April 11, 2018 Missouri, Three Rivers Publishing

... 33 new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been found following the testing of 24,486 free-ranging Missouri deer through its 2017-2018 sampling and testing efforts ... total number of free-ranging deer in Missouri confirmed to have CWD to 75...


Heftier poaching penalties proposed by Nixa lawmaker win Missouri House's approval February 28, 2018 Springfield News-Leader

... Judges could force poachers to pay restitution ... Between $1,000 and $2,000 for poaching deer ...


Department of Conservation Utilizes Radio Collars for Herd Management February 27, 2018 Missouri, KBIA

... The elk are supposed to stay in this designated conservation area, especially while the department tries to control and grow the population. The reintroduction is still in the early stages, the department started bringing elk to the area from Kentucky in 2011..,


Deadly deer disease identified in southeast MO February 8, 2018 MIssouri, KFVS

...  first known cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been confirmed in Southeast Missouri ... 20,000 deer were sampled in Missouri last year and the two deer in Ste. Genevieve County are part of the 15 confirmed cases of CWD in the state ..,


Ladue, Deer survey, latest community to tackle growing deer population January 24, 2018 Missouri, fox2now.com

... the City of Ladue began conducting deer surveys. Police officers in marked vehicles will are out in the late evening and overnight hours, tracking deer and noting information such as gender, approximate age, and location...


Hunters kill nearly 284,000 deer during the 2017-18 seasons January 16, 2018 Missouri, Columbia Missourian

... Hunters in Missouri killed a total of 283,940 whitetail deer ... The number was a significant increase from the 263,834 deer that were taken down during the 2016-17 seasons..,


State reports 15 cases of CWD in deer January 14, 2018 Missouri, News-Press Now

... The 15 new CWD positives bring the total number of CWD cases detected in free-ranging deer in Missouri to 57 with 10 found in Adair, one in Cedar, one in Cole, seven in Franklin, two in Jefferson, five in Linn, 25 in Macon, one in Polk, three in St. Clair, and two in Ste. Genevieve counties..,


Chesterfield police hitting the streets to patrol for … deer? January 12, 2018 MIssouri, fox2now.com

... A survey of deer in Chesterfield is being done during the evening and early morning hours... the first step in managing your herd is finding out how many you have and where they are living, because you might have problems in one side of town but not the other ...