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New rules for bringing hunter-killed deer, elk into Missouri

From the Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Missouri residents who hunt in other states should be aware of a new regulation regarding Chronic Wasting Disease which sets rules for transporting harvested antlered game into the state.
 
Archery deer season began Sept. 15 in Missouri and similar archery or blackpowder rifle seasons are underway or will soon start in neighboring states. Regular firearms seasons will follow in autumn and winter.
 
Missouri's Department of Conservation now requires any hunter who brings a deer, elk or moose into the state with the head or spinal column attached to report the carcass' entry by calling (877)853-5665 within 24 hours of entering the state.

If the head or spinal cord is intact on the animal, the hunter cannot process the meat or the trophy mount. Instead, they must take the carcass to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry. Meat processors and taxidermists are required to dispose of the spinal cord and other parts in a properly permitted landfill.
 
Hunters do not need to report if they simply bring back meat, hides, antlers, teeth, skulls or skull plates with no brain tissue attached.
 
Chronic wasting disease is fatal neurological disease that affects cervids-deer, elk and moose. There is no evidence the disease can be transmitted to humans or livestock. What causes CWD and how it is transmitted is inconclusive. The disease affects brain and spinal tissue, and there is concern that it could be passed into Missouri's deer herd by bringing infected tissues into the state.
 
Missouri's first confirmed case of CWD was a single whitetail deer identified in February in Linn County. That animal was in a fenced enclosure for deer and elk on a hunting ranch in Linn County in north central Missouri.

Biologists tested other cervids within the enclosure and free-ranging deer killed in adjacent areas, and they found no additional CWD cases. However, that portion of the state will be under special surveillance for CWD this autumn.

Anyone who encounters a deer, anywhere in the state, in poor condition that has no obvious injuries should contact local Missouri Department of Conservation staff.
 
Kansas and Nebraska have confirmed CWD cases in deer in recent years in western counties, while states farther west such as Colorado and Wyoming have monitored cases in both deer and elk for several years. The disease has also been found in other states including in the Midwest and the East, but authorities want to keep it out of Missouri.
 
The 2010 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet has more information, or find it online at http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trappingorg.

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