MDC Reminds Hunters of Wasting Disease Guidelines

The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds deer hunters that it is conducting mandatory sampling and voluntary sampling of harvested deer to help find cases of chronic wasting disease. MDC encourages hunters to properly dispose of deer carcasses to help limit the spread of the disease. MDC also encourages hunters to follow special guidelines if sharing a harvested deer from a county where CWD has been found. In Northeast Missouri, those include: Adair, Putnam, Sullivan, Knox, Linn and Macon Counties. CWD is an infectious and deadly illness for white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. The CDC recommends not eating meat from animals that test positive for CWD. MDC will be conducting mandatory CWD sampling of deer harvested in 31 of the 48 counties of its CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 10 and 11, including in Adair County.