North Central MO firearms hunters

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  1. MDC Deer

    MDC Deer New Member

    798
    Dec 9, 2009
    MDC needs hunter help with CWD surveillance Nov. 13-14
    Conservation is asking hunters who harvest deer in six north-central Missouri counties during opening weekend of firearms deer season to submit samples at collection sites for CWD testing.

    JEFFERSON CITY Mo – As part of it ongoing efforts to monitor Missouri’s free-ranging deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD), the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking hunters for help. Hunters who harvest yearling and adult deer during opening weekend of firearms deer season (Nov. 13-14) in Linn, Chariton, Macon and parts of Sullivan, Adair and Randolph counties are encouraged to take their deer to the following collection sites for tissue sampling between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    LINN CO

    King Processing & Catering, 33181 Hwy WW in Marceline
    Meadville Meat Locker, 101 E Gentry St. in Meadville
    Mussel Fork Conservation Area, 10 miles east of Brookfield and south of US Hwy 36 near Bucklin (look for signs)
    MDC Brookfield Maintenance Center, 115 Pershing Road in Brookfield
    CHARITON CO

    Salisbury Meat Market & Processing, 29047 Market Lane in Salisbury
    MACON CO

    Special D Meats, 30637 Lake St. in Macon
    Buck Ridge Butcher Shop (Saturday Only), 11245 Grouse Ave. in La Plata
    Floral Hall-Macon County Fairgrounds, 1303 S. Missouri St. in Macon
    SULLIVAN COUNTY

    Tucker's Grocer & Processing, 355 W Front St in Green Castle
    “The process of collecting tissue samples will take only a few minutes and involves removing lymph nodes from the head,†said MDC Resource Scientist Jason Sumners. “The tissue sampling will not reduce the food or taxidermy value of deer.â€

    Sumners, a biologist with expertise in deer management, added that hunters throughout the state who encounter or harvest a deer in poor condition with no obvious injuries should contact their local conservation agent or MDC office. If appropriate, the deer will be tested for CWD.

    He noted that hunters are vital partners in keeping Missouri’s deer herd healthy, along with the supporting the state economy.

    “Adult deer have no widespread natural predators in Missouri so hunting is the primary way to control the population,†he said. “Our nearly 500,000 Missouri deer hunters spend more than $750 million directly related to deer hunting each year. This adds up to over $1 billion in overall business activity and supports more than 11,000 jobs.â€

    The voluntary hunter-sampling effort is part of the MDC’s response to a single case of CWD confirmed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) in a captive white-tailed deer at a private hunting ranch in Linn County in February. This is the first and only case of CWD detected in the state.

    CWD is a neurological disease found in cervids, such as deer, elk and moose. It attacks the brain and results in extreme weight loss, excessive salivation, stumbling, tremors and eventually death. CWD spreads through animal-to-animal contact and through soil-to-animal contact. The clinical tests used to detect CWD in white-tailed deer require lymph node or brain tissue.

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) says that there is no evidence CWD can infect people. The MDA says that current research shows there is no evidence CWD can spread to domestic livestock, such as sheep or cattle.

    While CWD is new to Missouri, the MDC and MDA have been testing for it for years. The agencies formed a state Cervid Health Committee in 2002 to address the threat of CWD to Missouri. This task force is composed of conservation agents, veterinarians and animal health officers from MDC, MDA, MDHSS and the US Department of Agriculture.

    With the help of hunters, the MDC has tested more than 26,000 free-ranging deer for CWD from all parts of the state since 2002 with no cases found.

    Sumners said that Missouri residents who hunt in other states should be aware of a new regulation regarding chronic wasting disease. The MDC now requires any hunter who brings a deer, elk or moose into Missouri with the head or spinal column attached to report the carcasses’ entry by calling 1-877-853-5665 within 24 hours of entering the state. If the head or spinal cord is intact on the animal, the hunter cannot process the meat or the trophy mount and must take the carcass to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry. Meat processors and taxidermists are required to dispose of the spinal cord and other parts in a properly permitted landfill. Hunters do not need to report if they simply bring back meat, hides, antlers, teeth, skulls or skull plates with no brain tissue attached.

    For more information, refer to page 3 of the “2010 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information†booklet. The booklet is available where permits are sold, including MDC offices, and online at www.missouriconservation.org.


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  2. glennasher1

    glennasher1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Radcliff, KY
    bump, cuz it needs it.


    That green circle pretty well covers the area I was planning to hunt, too.:whinging: For sure every place else I was planning to hunt is in red, too.:mad2::mad2:
     
  3. Mecheng

    Mecheng New Member

    Jul 15, 2003
    STL/Macon Co
    I'm in the Northeast part of that circle so I will be taking all my deer in to be checked. :thinking:
     
  4. MDC Deer

    MDC Deer New Member

    798
    Dec 9, 2009
    ..hope to see you both and some other successful hunters this weekend.
     
  5. Missouri_Shedhunter

    Missouri_Shedhunter New Member

    274
    Mar 28, 2010
    the only deer that had cwd were in heartland fence in that area.....they tested many deer outside of the fence and all were negative. It was elk and deer and exotics brought in the ranch that had it. I live in bucklin, where heartland ranch is. That whole green circle is the ranch. Approximately the whole ranch the areas around it has not been affected.
     
  6. glennasher1

    glennasher1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Radcliff, KY
    I'm pretty sure I know the enclosure, I stood across the fence one time and counted SEVENTEEN bucks all in one grassy draw. Without moving my feet, or walking down the fenceline, just standing in one place:eek:. It's less than a full section of ground, too. In all honesty, only one of them was a "shooter", in my eyes, he was a brute.

    I don't see how you could cram that many animals in one small area without some kind of disease breaking out, though. It's not natural for deer, or many other critters.
     
  7. gentleben

    gentleben Active Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    STL
    [rquote=1890083&tid=131399&author=Harter_Outdoors]the only deer that had cwd were in heartland fence in that area.....they tested many deer outside of the fence and all were negative. It was elk and deer and exotics brought in the ranch that had it. I live in bucklin, where heartland ranch is. That whole green circle is the ranch. Approximately the whole ranch the areas around it has not been affected.[/rquote]

    I looked at some property that bordered that place. Didn't look long.
     
  8. X Bow T

    X Bow T Original Cafe'Member

    Nov 21, 2002
    N & S of the MO
    i'll be happy to kill a deer in that area...just need a spot:cheers:
     
  9. Y Hunt

    Y Hunt Member

    210
    Nov 12, 2009
    Yell Co, AR
    I could put someone on a pretty nice buck if they plan to hunt Mussell Fork CA. I had one dance all around me but never gave me a shot for three days.
     
  10. letemgrow

    letemgrow Well-Known Member

    [rquote=1890103&tid=131399&author=glennasher1]I'm pretty sure I know the enclosure, I stood across the fence one time and counted SEVENTEEN bucks all in one grassy draw. Without moving my feet, or walking down the fenceline, just standing in one place:eek:. It's less than a full section of ground, too. In all honesty, only one of them was a "shooter", in my eyes, he was a brute.

    I don't see how you could cram that many animals in one small area without some kind of disease breaking out, though. It's not natural for deer, or many other critters.[/rquote]

    Exactly, that is not natural and makes it much easier to get and spread diseases.