Deer Hunting Season

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

At select testing sites around the state, officials collected samples from deer over the weekend to map out the scope of Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife Management Biologist Kyle Hedges, along with other MDC officials and volunteers, worked from the parking lot of Bolivar Fire Station #2 on Saturday morning. It’s here, on the opening weekend of the firearms hunting season, where hunters brought in their deer to be sampled.

Hedges says the goal was to obtain high volume of samples in order to map the spread of this disease.

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The 2015-2016 Deer hunting season is over, and the Missouri Department of Conservation says harvests were up from last year.

The deer hunting seasons ended January 15th, and MDC is reporting a preliminary harvest of 279,401 deer—that’s 21,060 more than last year.  Top counties for the overall seasons were Texas with 5,812 deer harvested, Franklin with 5,463 and Howell with 5,440. 

Hunters harvested 258,341 deer during the 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons.