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 2020–2021 deer seasons, the CWD Management Zone includes Adair, Barry, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Clark, 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 2020 Mandatory CWD Sampling

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related public health concerns, mandatory CWD sampling requirements for hunters in CWD Management Zone counties on Nov. 14th & 15th have been suspended. Note, tracking and managing CWD remains a priority, and sampling stations will remain open for hunters who voluntarily choose to participate in this critical surveillance effort.

Special Regulations for the CWD Management Zone

Carcass Movement Restrictions

New! Special regulations are in place to slow the spread of CWD. Whole carcasses, heads, and certain other parts of deer harvested from the CWD Management Zone can be removed from the county of harvest only if they are delivered to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 48 hours of leaving the county of harvest. This rule does not apply to the following parts:

  • Meat that is cut and wrapped or that has been boned out
  • Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
  • Hides from which all excess tissue has been removed
  • Antlers or antlers attached to skull plates or skulls cleaned of all muscle and brain tissue
  • Upper canine teeth
  • Finished taxidermy products

Deer harvested within the CWD Management Zone must be reported through the Telecheck Harvest Reporting System before leaving the county of harvest. Whole carcasses of deer harvested in these counties that are being delivered to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist must be delivered within 48 hours of leaving the county of harvest.

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

  • For deer, elk, moose, or caribou harvested out of state, only the following parts may be brought into Missouri:
    • meat that is cut and wrapped or that has been boned out
    • quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
    • hides from which all excess tissue has been removed
    • antlers
    • antlers attached to skull plates or skulls cleaned of all muscle and brain tissue
    • upper canine teeth
    • finished taxidermy products
  • the head with the cape and not more than 6 inches of neck attached may be brought into Missouri only if taken to a licensed taxidermist within 48 hours of entry.T

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.

Related Content

Mandatory CWD Sampling

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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