Chronic Wasting Disease Regulations

The CWD Management Zone includes counties within approximately 10 miles of CWD detections. Special regulations apply in these counties.

For the 2019–2020 deer seasons, the CWD Management Zone includes Adair, Barry, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Hickory, Howell, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Macon, Mercer, Oregon, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren, and Washington counties.

Fall 2019 Mandatory CWD Sampling

Hunters who harvest deer on November 16 and 17 from CWD Management Zone counties must take their deer, or the head with at least six inches of the neck in place, to one of the MDC CWD sampling locations. Sampling stations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

CWD Management Zone Map 2019

Special Regulations for the CWD Management Zone

Prohibition on feeding

Grain, salt products, minerals and other consumable products used to attract deer are prohibited year-round within CWD Management Zone counties. The following exceptions are allowed:

  • Feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building
  • Feed placed in a manner that excludes access by deer
  • Feed and minerals used solely for normal agricultural, forest management, or wildlife food plot production practices
  • Feed placed as part of a feral hog or CWD management effort authorized by the Conservation Department

Other Special Regulations for the CWD Management Zone

  • Antler-Point Restriction: MDC has removed the antler-point restriction for CWD-Management-Zone counties. This was done so young bucks are no longer protected from harvest because young bucks can spread the disease to new areas as they search for territories and mates.
  • Firearms Antlerless Permits: MDC has also increased the availability of firearms antlerless permits for CWD Management Zone counties to increase antlerless harvest opportunities  This was done to help prevent undesired population increases in local deer numbers.

Bringing Harvested Deer or Other Cervids into Missouri

  • Hunters who harvest deer, elk, or moose outside of the state and bring the animals back must report the entry into Missouri within 24 hours by calling 877-853-5665 or reporting it online.
  • The carcass must be taken to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry.
  • Hunters just passing through Missouri on their way to another state are exempt from this requirement as long as they are not in Missouri for longer than 24 hours.
  • The reporting requirement is only for whole carcasses and carcasses that have the head and spinal column attached.
  • Parts that do not require reporting and that are at lower risk for harboring CWD include: meat that is cut and wrapped; boned-out-meat; quarters or other portions of meat with no parts of the spine or head attached; hides or capes from which excess tissue has been removed; antlers, including those attached to skull plates; and skulls where all muscle and brain tissue has been removed.

Hunters and Landowners Can Slow the Spread of CWD

Surveillance suggests that CWD is relatively rare in Missouri. There is hope that we can minimize the long-term impacts of the disease if we slow its spread. You can help by:

  • Complying with CWD-related regulations.
  • Properly disposing of deer carcasses in a permitted landfill or by burying carcasses on the property where they were harvested. (Transporting deer carcasses from the property where they were harvested and leaving them lay on the land introduces the greatest risk for disease spread.)
  • Reporting sick deer to your local conservation agent or your regional Conservation Department office.
  • Voluntarily testing deer harvested in the CWD Management Zone outside of opening weekend.

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Mandatory CWD Sampling - 2019

Get details on MDC mandatory sampling activities, counties included in mandatory sampling, sampling locations, an interactive map to find locations, mandatory sampling instructions and tips, and details on mandatory sampling. 

Voluntary CWD Sampling Statewide All Season

MDC offers free, voluntary CWD sampling of hunter-harvested deer taken in counties of its CWD Management Zone during the entire deer-hunting season.

Carcass Transport and Disposal

Carcasses or carcass remains of CWD-infected deer can spread the disease. Dispose your carcass properly.

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