Lifting antler-point restriction and increasing availability of antlerless permits in key central and northeastern counties aim to slow the spread of deadly deer disease.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking deer hunters in 19 central and northeastern Missouri counties to help limit the spread of a deadly deer disease through increased harvest opportunities this fall and winter.
The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved several changes to regulations for the upcoming 2015-16 fall deer hunting season that focus on slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Chronic wasting disease infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of brain tissue, which slowly leads to death. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100 percent fatal.
“A primary way CWD is spread is through deer-to-deer contact,” said MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Kelly Straka. “Deer gathering and interacting in larger numbers can potentially increase the spread in an area. Young bucks can also potentially spread the disease to new areas as they search for territories and mates.”