Firearm deer hunting season goes into full swing on Saturday, November 16. Here are a some things to keep in mind while hunting.
Make sure to wear your hunter's orange, while in the woods.
"Wearing hunter's orange is the number one safety instruction," said Conservation Agent Matt Bergfield. "We just want people to be visible to everyone."
Youth deer hunt
Approximately 18,676 deer were harvested in Missouri during the youth deer hunt, but according to Bergfield, that number was short of the record harvested during youth hunts in the past.
Check-in your deer
Once you have shot your deer, make sure to check it in. You can do so on the conservation website or by calling 1-800-314-6828. You will need to have your permit on hand when calling.
Chronic Wasting Disease
Since 2011, 10 deer in Macon County have tested positive for CWD. To prevent further spreading of the disease, have your deer tested. According to Bergfield, deer can be tested at the following locations in a matter of minutes.
• Special D Meats on November 16, 17 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Buckridge Butcher Shop on November 16 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on November 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• New Cambria Livestock Market daily from November 16 till November 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you witness a wildlife violation, report it to 1-800-392-1111. You may remain anonymous and the line is manned 24 hours a day.