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Hunters in Several Area Counties Required to Test Deer for CWD During Opening Firearms Season

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Deer hunters are being reminded by the Missouri Department of Conservation of mandatory chronic waste disease sampling during this weekend opening of the November portion of firearms season for hunters who harvest deer in Chronic Waste Disease Management Zone counties.

CWD is a deadly, infectious disease in deer that eventually kills all animals it infects. The disease can be spread from direct deer-to-deer contact, through improper disposal of deer carcasses, and through the environment by deer contacting infectious material from other deer. Hunters play a critical role in helping the Missouri Department of Conservation manage the disease by having their deer tested and following carcass-movement restrictions.

Local counties in a CWD include Linn, Mercer, and Putnam.

Hunters who harvest deer in those counties during opening weekend of firearms deer season are required to take their harvested deer or the head on the day of harvest to one of the Department of Conservations numerous CWD mandatory sampling stations located throughout the zone. Sampling and test results are free.

You may find CWD mandatory sampling station locations online at or from MDC’s 2021 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

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