Conservation Commission approves changes to CWD regulations by MDC
MDC adds Camden, Laclede, McDonald and Pulaski counties to the MDC management area and reinstates mandatory MDC sampling for the November Gun Party opening weekend.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved proposed changes to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) regulations related to chronic wasting disease (CDD) surveillance and management efforts. The changes were approved at the May 21 public meeting of the Commission. They add four counties to the MDC management area and reinstate the mandatory MDC sampling requirements.
MDC approved bylaws add Camden, Laclede, McDonald and Pulaski counties to the CWD management area. All four counties were added to the area due to the presence of CWD in or near it. Along with the additional counties, the MDC management area includes 34 counties in or near where the MDC was found.
MDC previously reported that it had confirmed 44 new cases of CWD out of more than 15,300 deer tested in the past year. Of the 44 new cases, one was found in Pulaski County, which had no previously known cases of MDC. Due to the detection of MDC in Pulaski County, MDC recommended that Pulaski County and the adjacent counties of Camden and Laclede be placed within the MDC management area. Due to the detection of a deer positive for MDC in northern Benton County, Arkansas, within 10 miles of McDonald County, Missouri, the MDC recommended that McDonald County be added to the MDC management area.
The Commission also approved the reinstatement of mandatory CWD sampling for the next deer season. Counties designated for mandatory CWD sampling must be approved by the Commission annually. In the wake of COVID-19, MDC has waived the mandatory sampling requirement for the opening weekend of last year.
Hunters who harvest deer in all counties in the CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the November portion of the gun deer season (November 13-14) are required to bring their harvested deer (or head) on harvest day at one of the mandatory CWD sampling stations throughout the area.
Hunters must adhere to carcass movement restrictions when visiting a mandatory MDC sampling station. Hunters must present their deer (or the head of their deer) to a mandatory MDC sampling station in Harvest County, with a few exceptions. Deer that will be delivered to a meat processor or licensed taxidermist within 48 hours or deer heads that will be left at the mandatory MDC sampling station for disposal after sampling may be transported to a station. sampling in any county.
CWD regulations prohibit the placement of deer feed or minerals in counties within the CWD management area. For the four counties newly added to the CWD Management Zone, the deer feeding ban will go into effect on July 1. In addition, deer transportation regulations in effect in all counties in the CWD Management Zone restrict the transportation of certain parts of deer outside of Harvest County.
Also linked to the management of MDC, MDC has removed the tip of the antlers restriction (APR) for the next deer season in Camden and Pulaski counties. Young males, who are protected under RPA, are more likely to disperse and potentially spread CWD. Therefore, the suppression of RPA in the CWD management area minimizes the risk of disease spread to other areas.
Also starting this fall, hunters can complete two antlerless deer hunting licenses with firearms in Camden, Laclede and Pulaski counties.
Additional information on these and other regulations will be included in the MDC. 2021 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online from July.
CWD is a fatal disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. The goal of CWD sampling and screening efforts is to detect cases as early as possible so that the Department can limit the spread of the disease by implementing management measures. The total number of known cases of CWD in the state is 206. MDC has tested more than 152,300 deer since the first cases of CWD were found in deer roaming free in Missouri in 2012. For more information on MDC and MDC’s efforts to limit the spread of the disease, visit mdc.mo.gov/cwd.