Mo. Dept. of Conservation makes changes to CWD deer sampling station requirements

Updated: Nov. 13, 2020 at 5:59 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Firearm deer season is November 14-24 in Missouri.

State conservation officers are asking hunters to help them identify a disease continuing to affect the deer population.

Normally, it is mandatory for deer hunters to stop at the chronic wasting disease testing station, especially if you hunt within counties required to get this done.

Jasmine Batten with the Missouri Department of Conservation said this year you have a choice.

“Due to concerns about COVID-19, and possible public health impacts, we are suspending that requirement,” she said

Chronic wasting disease affects the brain of deer and elk, and can be deadly. But, there is no evidence it can be transmitted to humans.

Batten said the CWD stations will be open. You can click here for locations.

“The stations will look a little different," she said. “We’re going to ask hunters to stay in their vehicles and our staff will be wearing mask and social distancing.”

And Batten said she hopes many hunters come out.

“We’ve seen in others states that a very high percentage of the deer can become infected, and once you get a high percentage you will start to see population impacts,” she said.

Jason McDaniel is a hunter and owner of McDaniel Outdoors.

“Chronic waste disease affects every hunter in the state whether they agree with it or not,” he said.

He makes sure to get his deer tested, when in a mandatory area. “In the past in counties that was mandatory. for sure. we all did it,” he said.

And McDaniel encouraged other hunters to do the same, even if it’s voluntary.

“We as hunters, we owe it to the deer herds, and we owe it to yourself and the health of our families to make sure we do our diligence,” he said.

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