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Yesterday was a sad day for Missouri deer hunters and all of those who enjoy watching the plethora of whitetails that we now have in this state. Legislation was passed in both the Missouri House and Senate that contained language which reclassifies “captive cervids†(pen-raised deer) as livestock. What does this mean? It means that the regulatory jurisdiction over these animals has been taken away from the Missouri Department of Conservation and transferred to the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

While this rearrangement of power may seem trivial to you, its implications are huge. This all has to do with Chronic Wasting Disease, MDC’s proposed regulations to fight the spread of CWD and the deer farmers’ fight to be left virtually unregulated. You have to admit that this was a pretty smart move on the farmers’ part. Why quibble over the language in the regulations? Instead, let’s take the authority away from the agency championing these regulations, therefore, killing the new regulations altogether.

Now you may not like the way MDC has been handling the CWD crisis in our state. You may not like MDC for a million other reasons. However, they are the only government entity doing ANYTHING to prevent the spread of this disease and now their hands have been tied. The new sheriff in town, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is a lion without teeth. They have no enforcement statutes so they couldn’t enforce any of the regulations MDC proposed even if they wanted to. What baffles me the most about all of this is the MDA testified in both houses of the Assembly that THEY DID NOT WANT the responsibility of regulating the captive cervid industry yet our politicians decided to give it to them anyway.

Fellow deer hunters, we were outfought on this one and it’s our own dang fault. We were quiet and complacent when we should have been raising all kinds of hell with our legislators to not let this happen. At last check, there are around 600,000 of us. There are a little over 200 deer breeding facilities in Missouri and 39 high-fence hunting operations. We had the overwhelming odds but let our apathy and the deer farmers’ determination (and money) win out. So what can we do?

What we can do is fight, and I mean really fight this time. We need to lean on Governor Nixon to veto this legislation and, if it is vetoed, we need to lean on our legislators to not override the veto. I know a lot of you think I’m being melodramatic but the future of our wild deer herd hangs in the balance here.

Several legislators are on record for downplaying the importance of fighting the spread of CWD. They are on record for questioning the link between CWD and pen-raised deer. They continue to spread lies about the regulations MDC had proposed regarding pen-raised deer. They are sorely misinformed and/or blinded by the money dumped into their coffers by the captive cervid industry. We, as deer hunters and stewards of the land, need to get off our lazy backsides and set them straight.

Please contact Governor Nixon’s office and tell him to veto any legislation that will take away the authority of the Missouri Department of Conservation over captive cervids.

Contact the Governor's office

CWD and the captive cervid industry

Darren Haverstick
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President - United Bowhunters of Missouri
 

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I can see "drive by" penned deer shootings in the near future..... :)
 

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What baffles me the most about all of this is the MDA testified in both houses of the Assembly that THEY DID NOT WANT the responsibility of regulating the captive cervid industry yet our politicians decided to give it to them anyway.

that line pretty much says it all, the politicians only care about money! I like CJ's thought, shoot them all, and let the law or MDA prove you killed them
 

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The fine for shooting livestock is pretty steep.....
So is committing murder, but people still do it.:wave:
 

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Mercy killings to protect the tame deer from the cwd infected wild herd and all the EHD infected midge flies?
 

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I just don't see how any hunting of these animals can be allowed if they are classified as livestock.Just a bad name for hunting all together.But hey nothing surprises me anymore with this country.They spit in the face of our veterans and applaud people like Michael Sam for liking boys.My the world has changed so fast in my 27 years on earth.
 

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What baffles me the most about all of this is the MDA testified in both houses of the Assembly that THEY DID NOT WANT the responsibility of regulating the captive cervid industry yet our politicians decided to give it to them anyway.

that line pretty much says it all, the politicians only care about money! I like CJ's thought, shoot them all, and let the law or MDA prove you killed them
I think this would be a much better argument if MDA didnt first say that they wanted to regulate penned deer, then change their minds for some "unknown" reason.

Lilke I stated when these amendments were added, focus needs to be turned to MDA. I can almost guarantee you that they dont want to deal with a bunch of deer hunters at their door everyday. :wave:
 

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I think this would be a much better argument if MDA didnt first say that they wanted to regulate penned deer, then change their minds for some "unknown" reason.

Lilke I stated when these amendments were added, focus needs to be turned to MDA. I can almost guarantee you that they dont want to deal with a bunch of deer hunters at their door everyday. :wave:
You are right, they won't want to deal with a bunch of deer hunters so they won't. They never listened to deer hunters before, just always cared about livestock. Nothing will change, and that aint good!
 

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You are right, they won't want to deal with a bunch of deer hunters so they won't. They never listened to deer hunters before, just always cared about livestock. Nothing will change, and that aint good!
When have they ever had to deal with deer hunters in the past?

If you arent going to move to MDA, then I guess you ust give up, right?
 

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When have they ever had to deal with deer hunters in the past?

If you arent going to move to MDA, then I guess you ust give up, right?
The first "deer hunter" we need to focus on is Jay Nixon.... Use the link in the OP and let him know how you feel.
 

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When have they ever had to deal with deer hunters in the past?

If you arent going to move to MDA, then I guess you ust give up, right?
MDA gets a lot of pressure from insurance companies. Deer have always been a hot topic, especially for Farm Bureau.
 

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The first "deer hunter" we need to focus on is Jay Nixon.... Use the link in the OP and let him know how you feel.
he is a deer hunter, and along with NWTF initiated the governors youth hunts. doesn't mean though that he won't vote in favor of this due to the other parts of the bill. just pretty sad that they play their little games to pad their pockets and don't care about who they represent. I have said it before, a career politician is not in it for your best interest, only to get where they want to be and do whatever it takes to get there.
 

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When have they ever had to deal with deer hunters in the past?

If you arent going to move to MDA, then I guess you ust give up, right?
he is a deer hunter, and along with NWTF initiated the governors youth hunts. doesn't mean though that he won't vote in favor of this due to the other parts of the bill. just pretty sad that they play their little games to pad their pockets and don't care about who they represent. I have said it before, a career politician is not in it for your best interest, only to get where they want to be and do whatever it takes to get there.
I have been told he was opposed to the stand alone captive cervid legislation. I have also been told Nixon is why the MDA switched their position on the issue in the committeee meetings.
 

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MDA gets a lot of pressure from insurance companies. Deer have always been a hot topic, especially for Farm Bureau.
True, but have hunters ever shown up at their doors, offices, emails, phones, etc??
 

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Good to know, thanks!
I seriously doubt he vetoes a bill for scholarships, and if he does the override will come right away. And there are still what, 5-6 more bills with this language attached??

Move to MDAs doors...:wave:
 

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True, but have hunters ever shown up at their doors, offices, emails, phones, etc??
I seriously doubt he vetoes a bill for scholarships, and if he does the override will come right away. And there are still what, 5-6 more bills with this language attached??

Move to MDAs doors...:wave:
You sure are a stubborn feller... One thing at a time... Nixon is where we need to focus on for now. Then IF he does veto it, hammer the legislators NOT to override.

If we lose the fight, then we can start pestering the Dept of Ag but folks who dont rely on being elected are a whole lot more likely to ignore phone messages, e-mails and letters than those who are elected.
 
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