SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Deer hunting season opened Saturday morning in Missouri, and there is a new requirement for those who take down a deer this year in certain counties.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is making it mandatory for hunters in 25 counties to get their deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease.
CWD is a brain-wasting disease with a 100 percent fatality rate when diagnosed in a deer. It has not yet been proven to affect humans, but the Center for Disease Control recommends not eating your deer meat until you get the results, which can take a couple weeks. The testing will only take place this weekend. Debra Burns of the Conservation Department says when hunters arrive, they can expect to be asked a few questions.
“They’ll come in, we’ll ask them whether or not they are going to have their deer taxidermied or not,” Burns said. “If they’re not being taxidermied, they will go through our sampling station. Staff will cut open the neck, and remove the lymph nodes.”
Click here for a full list of the 25 counties required to have the CWD sampling and where those sampling stations are.