One fall pastime in Missouri is deer hunting, and those who relish the hunt always have to abide by state regulations.

With the firearms season beginning this weekend, Nov 16 – 26, Missouri’s Conservation Department reminds hunters that in certain areas of Missouri harvested deer must be brought in for mandatory CWD testing.

Chronic Wasting Disease affects cervids, including elk and moose. Infected animals suffer brain degeneration, emaciation, eventual loss of body functions, and death.

The disease is relatively rare in Missouri, but slowly spreading.

Hunters are also urged to dress deer at the location they were harvested, and properly dispose of the carcass to prevent the spread of CWD. There are four main CWD management zones in Missouri. In our listening area the mandate affects north-central Missouri, including Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Mercer, Putnam, Sullivan, and Knox Counties.

There are special stations at which hunters must take their kill for testing.  Check MDC’s website huntfish.mdc.mo.gov