I spend a lot of time in front of a computer pounding out outdoor article material. Last week proved to be one of my most enjoyable weeks ever. I became quite distracted by the multitude of posts on Facebook of youngsters posing with their deer they had taken during Missouri’s Youth Deer Season. Statewide the kiddos took over 18,000 deer, up about 5,000 from last year.
With the November portion of Missouri’s fall firearms deer season opening Saturday, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants hunters, landowners, and others to know key information about chronic wasting disease, or CWD. MDC is continuing its efforts this fall and winter to limit the spread of CWD in Missouri deer by finding new cases and slowing its spread to more deer or more areas.
I know I promised to write more about an old outdoorsman who passed away recently who had a great impact on my life. That will be the subject of next week’s column. Before the deer season, this needs to get out. Send this column to all the deer hunters you know.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in 16 new counties across Missouri. Collaborative efforts by MDC staff, Missouri Department of Agriculture inspectors, and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service officers, EAB has been detected in Benton, Boone, Cooper, Douglas, Holt, Howard, Howell, Linn, Montgomery, Morgan, Nodaway, Osage, Ozark, Pettis, Putnam, and Randolph counties this year.
By Bill Cooper
Several days of rainy weather put the damper on a Missouri Department of Conservation managed muzzleloader deer hunt at Drury-Mincy Conservation Area, in Taney County, October 26-27.