Missouri Hunting News

Blaze Orange Requirements Clarified
Addressing confusion over when hunters must don hunter orange clothing, the Missouri Department of Conservation has clarified its regulations and is urging deer and other hunters to note the changes. The bottom line, say conservation officials, is safety. With a few exceptions, all hunters must wear orange during the youth-only, November and antlerless-only portions of deer season.
Managed Deer Hunt Applications
From July 1 through Aug. 15, hunters can apply for one of Missouri's 61 managed deer hunts by calling 800-829-2956 between 4 a.m. and midnight seven days a week or online at www.conservation.state.mo.us. To apply by phone you need the information contained in the 2002 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Information booklet.
Deer/Elk Import Moratorium Wins Support
The Missouri Department of Conservation says it supports the Missouri Department of Agriculture emergency rule announced May 1. The Department of Agriculture's action creates a four-month moratorium on the shipment into Missouri of mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk that are 16 months and older.
Purple Paint Laws
Preparation for participating in outdoor activities this spring should include a refresher course on trespassing laws. Hunters should be aware that purple markings on trees and fence posts is one of the ways landowners identify private property where trespassing is prohibited. Trespass in the first degree is punishable by a fine of up to $500, a six-month jail sentence, or both.
November Firearms Deer Harvest Tops 205,000
Missouri hunters enjoyed nearly perfect weather for the second year in a row and posted a record harvest of 205,867 deer during the November firearms deer hunt. Conservation Department officials said last year that a repeat of the record 2000 deer harvest - 201,165 - was as unlikely as a repetition of the nearly flawless weather, but this year's conditions were even better than last year's.
Deer Dumping Causes Problems
With the January extension of firearms deer season approaching, it's important for hunters to know that dumping deer carcasses in streams isn't acceptable.
CWD Risk Halts Elk Reintroduction
The Missouri Conservation Commission has halted elk reintroduction efforts to safe guard the states deer population. The commission members feared that transplanting elk from the western U.S. may cause chronic wasting disease (CWD) to migrate to Missouri's deer herds. CWD has been found in elk and deer herds across the western U.S. but not in Missouri's populations.
Conservation Department Seeks Sick Deer Reports
Missouri is making an effort to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in their deer herds. Hunters can help out be reporting sightings of listless or sickly deer. Although there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to pets or humans, citizens are advised to not handle a sick animal.